The Minories

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The Minories Galleries houses a contemporary art gallery run by Colchester School of Art. The site is also home to a shop selling some of the best art and crafts to be found across the region, has meeting rooms for hire, and can also cater for weddings and other events. A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester.

The Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, over the years assisted by the ‘Friends of The Minories’ support group, have ensured the building be used to present art for the community of Colchester and visitors to the town. This has continued and now ensures the Colchester School of Art provides contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings.

As well as the public gallery and shop, there is also the Batte-Lay Tea Rooms (run by Tiptree) and a wonderful walled garden that is looked after by The Friends of The Minories. The Minories is next door to Firstsite, Colchester’s new contemporary art space, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter.

The Galleries are open Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm. Entry is Free.

74 High Street, CO1 1UE Colchester, United Kingdom

Tel: (01206) 712437



Sep 2 @ 6:00 PM – Oct 29 @ 5:00 PM The Minories Galleries
Vessels with Pestles and Chalices from Palaces A ceramics showcase celebrating artists and potters and including work by students and...
Oct 15 @ 12:00 PM – Oct 29 @ 5:00 PM The Minories Galleries
NADFAS at The Minories Galleries Exhibition Open Saturday 15 October – Saturday 26 October This exhibition presents a range of...
Oct 18 @ 1:35 PM – Oct 29 @ 5:00 PM The Minories Galleries
Exhibition in Miniature : You’re the Curator A student exhibition by BA (Hons) Graphic Design third year students from Colchester School...


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