***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

Taking Stock

A Pop Up exhibition curated by Gemma Garwood highlighting a few of the fabulous artists from our Gallery Shop

We pride ourselves on stocking a diverse range of items and artworks from a huge number of local artists. Here the work of a few of them breaks out into the gallery space to shine in the depths of winter.

To compliment the main exhibition, artists who reimagine standard materials and practices have been chosen, reflecting just a few of the innovative and beautiful items available here at The Minories all year round.

Open downstairs at The Minories until 31st January
Free Entry