***COVID-19: Information***



It is with great sadness that due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to close the Minories building for the remainder of the lease term. Colchester Institute will continue to care for the building and the beautiful gardens whilst supporting the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation to identify a new tenant to take forward one of Colchester’s most loved and long standing institutions.

The College would like to thank all of our supporters including the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, the Friends of the Minories, Wilkin and Sons, Colchester Art Society and many other stakeholders who have contributed to the site over the past 12 years.

A message from Max

I know this is heart-breaking news for everyone. I have been personally contacting exhibitors and over the coming weeks in June we will be contacting all of our shop artists to confirm what we have, arrange any outstanding payments and to organise collection.

Please be assured the Minories is still here under the Victor Batte Laye Trust and we will continue to maintain and service the building and keep it safe and secure until the next person takes over.

Yours Max

Integrity of the focal plane – Neil Ayling and William Mokrynski

‘Integrity of the focal plane’ is duo exhibition of work by Neil Ayling and William Mokrynski.

The title is a play on Clement Greenberg’s term “integrity of the picture plane” from his essay Modernist Painting 1961. In the essay, Greenberg talks about the approach modernist painters took to challenge the preconception of what painting could and should be. Self-criticism of the discipline he saw as being key.

“The essence of Modernism lies, as I see it, in the use of characteristic methods of a discipline to criticize the discipline itself, not in order to subvert it but in order to entrench it more firmly in its area of competence. “

With this body of work both Ayling and Mokrynski hope to challenge the preconceptions of the photographic silver gelatine process.

Ayling approaches photography from a sculptural perspective, utilising the photographic medium as a sculptural material. In his work, Ayling uses photography as confirmation of a tangible focal plane that interacts with and references the physicality of materials.

Mokrynski has spent a lifetime working with photography. Having worked as a photojournalist and architectural photographer, Mokrynski has recently turned his attention to the legacy of the photographic negative and the mysteries contained within these often anonymous lost fragments of the past.