***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

What’s On

The Minories Galleries hosts exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design in a distinctive Georgian listed building. There are events such as the annual Christmas market, whilst the beautiful walled garden also plays host to events, weddings and special occasions such as the Graduation ceremonies of University Centre Colchester.

‘The Bed’ – An interview with writer Danae Brook

Listen to an interview with writer Danae Brook where she talks to Wendy Bailey about her brand new play ‘The Bed’, inspired by the making of Tracey Emin’s icnonic art piece.

‘The Bed’

‘The Bed’ – a new play originally staged at The Minories in February 2020 by writer Danae Brook, inspired by Tracey Emin’s iconic art piece.

Part of the ‘Making Art’ trilogy. All three plays in the trilogy will be staged at The Minories later this year – please stay tuned for dates and ticket information once we are able to re-open.

Directed by Liam Reilly with Ceri Ashe as Tracey and Anne Vanderelst as Katie.