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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.

The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street, CO1 1UE, Colchester, United Kingdom

Tel: (01206) 712437

E-mail: the.minories@colchester.ac.uk 

The Garden, and some areas of the main building are available for private hire, for business meetings, conferences or training sessions. The Gardens and Building are also a wonderful setting for wedding receptions, private parties and other celebrations. Contact us for more information.

Hire The Minories 

  • Weddings
  • Exhibition Hire
  • Private hire (parties and celebrations)
  • Business meetings
  • Conferences
  • Training sessions

For booking enquiries please email the.minories@colchester.ac.uk

Nov
11
Sat
2017
The Drawing School Session 1 @ The Minories Galleries
Nov 11 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Drawing School Session 1 @ The Minories Galleries | England | United Kingdom

The Drawing School is back.

Would you like to have an Art School drawing experience?

Come and join experienced artist and teacher, Jane Frederick for a second term of the drawing course which is designed to give you a flavour of the traditional Art School workshop in a warm and relaxed environment and help you to develop your confidence in drawing from observation.

Based in the beautiful, light art studios in The Minories Art Gallery, Jane will introduce you to new drawing and looking skills, help you to develop your mark making techniques, show you how to really look and understand what you are drawing as well as encouraging you to be ‘Bold, Loose and Accurate’ with your approach to drawing.

Each workshop will involve a new subject to discuss and draw and together and is suitable for complete beginners up to professional artists who may wish to develop their skills. All that is required is curiosity and a willingness to have a go and try something new! All participants will build a portfolio of works so if you are planning on applying for specialist art study in the future, this might
be the course for you.

Week 1- Shadow.

Exploring how the creative use of shadow can help you to build form and space in your drawings

Buy Session 1
Buy All 4 Sessions
Dec
9
Sat
2017
The Drawing School Session 2 @ The Minories Galleries
Dec 9 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Drawing School Session 2 @ The Minories Galleries | England | United Kingdom

The Drawing School is back.

Would you like to have an Art School drawing experience?

Come and join experienced artist and teacher, Jane Frederick for a second term of the drawing course which is designed to give you a flavour of the traditional Art School workshop in a warm and relaxed environment and help you to develop your confidence in drawing from observation.

Based in the beautiful, light art studios in The Minories Art Gallery, Jane will introduce you to new drawing and looking skills, help you to develop your mark making techniques, show you how to really look and understand what you are drawing as well as encouraging you to be ‘Bold, Loose and Accurate’ with your approach to drawing.

Each workshop will involve a new subject to discuss and draw and together and is suitable for complete beginners up to professional artists who may wish to develop their skills. All that is required is curiosity and a willingness to have a go and try something new! All participants will build a portfolio of works so if you are planning on applying for specialist art study in the future, this might
be the course for you.

Week 2- Caravaggio.

We will learn about the dramatic use of light and shade that the Italian painter pioneered and take inspiration from his work

Buy Session 2
Buy All 4 Sessions
Jan
13
Sat
2018
The Drawing School Session 3 @ The Minories Galleries
Jan 13 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Drawing School Session 3 @ The Minories Galleries | England | United Kingdom

The Drawing School is back.

Would you like to have an Art School drawing experience?

Come and join experienced artist and teacher, Jane Frederick for a second term of the drawing course which is designed to give you a flavour of the traditional Art School workshop in a warm and relaxed environment and help you to develop your confidence in drawing from observation.

Based in the beautiful, light art studios in The Minories Art Gallery, Jane will introduce you to new drawing and looking skills, help you to develop your mark making techniques, show you how to really look and understand what you are drawing as well as encouraging you to be ‘Bold, Loose and Accurate’ with your approach to drawing.

Each workshop will involve a new subject to discuss and draw and together and is suitable for complete beginners up to professional artists who may wish to develop their skills. All that is required is curiosity and a willingness to have a go and try something new! All participants will build a portfolio of works so if you are planning on applying for specialist art study in the future, this might
be the course for you.

Week 3- Drama.

Using tone to create drama and mood: exploring methods to build atmosphere and mood into your drawing

Buy Session 3
Buy All 4 Sessions
Feb
10
Sat
2018
The Drawing School Session 4 @ The Minories Galleries
Feb 10 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Drawing School Session 4 @ The Minories Galleries | England | United Kingdom

The Drawing School is back.

Would you like to have an Art School drawing experience?

Come and join experienced artist and teacher, Jane Frederick for a second term of the drawing course which is designed to give you a flavour of the traditional Art School workshop in a warm and relaxed environment and help you to develop your confidence in drawing from observation.

Based in the beautiful, light art studios in The Minories Art Gallery, Jane will introduce you to new drawing and looking skills, help you to develop your mark making techniques, show you how to really look and understand what you are drawing as well as encouraging you to be ‘Bold, Loose and Accurate’ with your approach to drawing.

Each workshop will involve a new subject to discuss and draw and together and is suitable for complete beginners up to professional artists who may wish to develop their skills. All that is required is curiosity and a willingness to have a go and try something new! All participants will build a portfolio of works so if you are planning on applying for specialist art study in the future, this might
be the course for you.

Week 4- Creative collage. 

Exciting ways to build an image through innovative collaging and layering.

Buy Session 4
Buy All 4 Sessions
Sep
29
Fri
2017
Stephanie Stow Exhibition Preview @ The Minories Galleries
Sep 29 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Stephanie Stow

 

 

 

Exhibition Preview : Friday 29 September 6-9pm

You are invited to join us for the opening on our new exhibition on Friday 29 September we will be open from 6-9pm. There will be a licensed bar available and it is a chance to see the works before the main opening to the public on Saturday 30 September.

We hope you can join us.

 

 

 

Exhibition open Saturday 30 September to Wednesday 22 November 2017
Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

This exhibition presents a selection of paintings that share Stephanie Stow’s unique view of the world.

Stephanie used the natural world as her inspiration and source material, particularly at the point when it begins to break down and decay. She studied the structural forms that plants, flowers and seed-heads present, particularly when they are past their best, as well as exploring boats and other objects that have decayed over time to their elemental parts.

Through drawings and photographs, she would focus on studying the lines and space created by these objects, and examine the colours that can be found deep in the details. These studies would develop and combine with emotive responses, building up layers from outlines, adding and scraping away paint and pastels, to result in new imagery that could be seen as abstract natural forms – views of distant gardens, or plans for imagined environments.

The works present a balance between movement and tranquillity, almost as if one can see or hear the rustle of plants brushing gently against each other in the wind, or hear the drone of insects flying around. The ability to capture these sensations – of something caught just at the point of perfect balance, is a gift and legacy that we are lucky Stephanie has left us with.

Stephanie studied at the University of Hertfordshire and University College Suffolk, graduating with a BA Honours Degree in Art and Design. She exhibited in London, throughout East Anglia and has work in private collections in Europe, Australia, USA and Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge Art Collection.

All profits from sales will be donated to Addenbrooke’s Kidney Patient Association and the Critical Care Unit at Colchester General Hospital.

Oct
13
Fri
2017
Still Still Life – John Doubleday Exhibition Preview @ The Minories Galleries
Oct 13 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Still Still Life – John Doubleday

Preview Friday 13 October 6-9pm

 

You are invited to join us for the opening on our new exhibition ‘ Still Still Life – John Doubleday’ on Friday 13 October we will be open from 6-9pm. There will be a licensed bar available and it is a chance to see the works before the main opening to the public on Saturday 14 October.

We hope you can join us.

 

 

Exhibition open Saturday 14 October to Saturday 2 December 2017

Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

 

More information on the exhibition to follow.

Oct
14
Sat
2017
October Bazaar @ The Minories Galleries
Oct 14 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

OCTOBER BAZAAR

Saturday 14 October
11am-4pm
Upstairs at The Minories*
Free entry.

LIVE MUSIC FROM:
Katy Forkings – https://www.facebook.com/katy.forkings/
CGT winner 2015
Undiscovered Essex finalist
Young breakthrough artist at SEEA

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO US HOSTING GRADUATION CEREMONIES ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF OCTOBER THIS BAZAAR HAS MOVED TO THE FOLLOWING WEEK ON THE 14TH OCTOBER

A monthly bazaar organised by local makers, producers, designers, artists, hackers, menders, craft people and artisans.
Join the Bazaar upstairs at The Minories Galleries

Join us on the first Saturday of every month. Shop, feast, dance while you stock up your cupboards with the very best that Colchester and our surrounding areas have to offer

* Please note this event will be upstairs at the Minories Galleries and access is via the main staircase only, we apologise for any inconvenience 


Nov
25
Sat
2017
The Minories Christmas Market @ The Minories Galleries
Nov 25 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

+*+*SAVE THE DATE!*+*+
… it will be here before we know it…

Our Christmas Market will be back for 2017!
Saturday 25 November
Upstairs at The Minories Galleries.
10am-4pm
Free entry

If you would be interested in having a stall this year please email the wonderful Becky Jordan!
becky.jordan@colchester.ac.uk

 

Aug
4
Fri
2017
Found in East Anglia – Benjamin Brown
Aug 4 @ 6:00 PM – Sep 30 @ 5:00 PM

Found in East Anglia  

Benjamin Brown

Abstract artworks made in Manningtree between 2015 and 2016 using materials reclaimed from East Anglia.

 

Exhibition preview

Friday 4 August 6-9pm

 

Exhibition open

Saturday 5 August to Saturday 30 September 2017

Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

 

 

Benjamin Brown has a free and easy approach to the making of his work. He explores the world with a playful spirit and an open mind, much as a child might.

As he travels around East Anglia he picks up materials that people have discarded in skips or left lying by the side of the road – boards, lengths of timber, paint – as well as gathering elements from nature like mud, grass or moss. These resources then become the materials that Benjamin uses to make his paintings,

Most of us would see these items as detritus – unwanted stuff that clutters up the space around us – and we would tend to ignore it. But this stuff comes directly from the people who live here – their leftover tins of paint, unwanted boards or timber from a building project, an old framed poster that has fallen out of favour and been thrown outside to rot – they all speak of the society that produces them, moves them around, then discards them to pass out of sight and mind.

By appropriating these objects and making paintings from them, Benjamin is making work that speaks of a hidden landscape – not the picturesque and bucolic ones that Constable and Gainsborough favoured, rather the ignored, unseen and forgotten that many of us contribute to but not many consider. He absorbs the essence of the place he lives in then reconfigures it to create his abstract works.

The paintings that are produced from these sources are free and easy abstracts. Having had no formal art training, Benjamin is able to approach making with no inhibitions or preconceptions (at least not the ones that most who pass through art school are likely to have). The resulting works are full of energy and exploration, with powerful brush strokes that communicate the animalistic movement and bold gestures that have taken place.

Alongside these large-scale paintings, Benjamin is also showing a group of photographs and a selection of ceramic pots. The photographs document some of the un-common and un-celebrated sights that he comes across in East Anglia, and again these include both the natural world – verges, untended patches of land, wild plants and weeds, and the manmade – abandoned materials, people he has followed, strange activity.

Perhaps the connection between Benjamin’s works is an interest in the marginal and ignored – the stuff that is often left out and unconsidered. This can be fertile ground – the patch of land that is left untended and begins to return to nature has a different kind of life-force – it is untamed and unchecked and finds its own path. And the rubbish that we discard also has its own life – it forms piles, rots and decays, or is picked up by some passerby to become part of something made from what we consider to be useless trash.

 

About the artist

Benjamin Brown (b.1989) is an emerging artist living in Manningtree, the smallest town in the UK. As a musician he has played in various bands and is currently a member of SuperGlu. He started painting in 2015.

The Triptych Athos, Porthos, Aramis was selected as one of the featured works in the Penarth Open and some of his photos were selected for Martin Parr’s Essence of Essex exhibition at Firstsite.

www.benjaminbrown.uk

Aug
17
Thu
2017
Watching the World – Colin McAllister
Aug 17 @ 12:10 PM – Sep 23 @ 5:00 PM

Watching the World

Colin McAllister

Extraordinarily intricate and detailed drawings representing contemporary political and social events, and scenes and landmarks around Colchester.

Exhibition open Thursday 17 August to Saturday 23 September 2017

Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

 

Working under the pseudonym ‘Snublic’, Colin McAllister produces incredibly detailed ink drawings that document the physical place he lives – Colchester – along with the social and political world we all inhabit.

The style of Colin’s work could be seen as illustration or cartoon, and with his observations on political, ecological, technological and social events, his approach could certainly be seen to be satirical. Responding to issues of the day, he absorbs the ever-increasing volume of information that is released by various media organisations and individuals through a range of outlets, and combines this with his own research and views to produce images that give an all-encompassing overview of an event as an overwhelming and complete world of its own.

The subject matter that he chooses to analyse and depict include the Gulf War, the smoking ban, celebrity and fast-food culture, the world-wide-web, globalization, the war on drugs, the recession, Gaza, the 2011 riots, surveillance, consumerism, fracking, the dark web, terrorist attacks, the great Pacific garbage patch, Brexit and Donald Trump. These issues are all ones that we read and hear about frequently, and that have the potential to affect our lives in major ways. By tackling the mountain of information that is available and synthesizing it into an image (albeit an image similarly laden with information), Colin provides a way to view the ‘bigger picture’ and perhaps be able to see the actuality of the situation as he tries to show an unbiased story that presents all sides and viewpoints. This does mean that because of the wealth of information it can take a long time to study a work and take it all in, but these are serious and complex issues that are worthy of study and attempts to understand them.

Colin takes different approaches to the layout of his drawings, depending on the subject matter. Ideas around Brexit are portrayed laid over an aerial view of the United Kingdom and the coast of Europe – physically locating the arguments and ideas, a device that is also used in Trumpland USA, and imagined geographies like Deep Dark Web. He often takes famous historical paintings or imagery as a starting point for his format, as in The Family of Donald Trump (2017) that compares him with Henry VIII in a famous painting by ‘unknown after Hans Holbein’ c1543 – 47, and Weed Straat from 2012 that is an update of William Hogarth’s 1751 painting/print Beer Street, displaying the merits of Amsterdam’s liberal laws on natural herbal drugs.

The contrast between these global subject matters and his detailed scenes of Colchester remind us that it is easy to live in the here and now; absorbing ourselves in the local whilst bigger issues swirl around us. We don’t see the effects of these issues immediately, but they encroach upon our lives, and over time change how we live and affect our freedoms and liberties.

 

 

About the artist

Snublic began in the lazy summer of 2006, when at the end of a Computer Animation Degree Colin David McAllister embarked on a series of drawings. Colin studied a diploma in Graphic Design and Digital Media at the Colchester Institute and went on to study Computer Animation at Portsmouth University. He works Monday to Friday at the Level Best Art Cafe on Culvert St East, a not for profit venture and subsidiary of the Dacontrust which helps adults with a learning difficulty in a work skills environment.

Snublic exhibits frequently and has been known to take commissions. He lives and works in Colchester, England and is affiliated with CO3 Studios, ENAS & Made in Colchester.

Image –

Detail from

Colin McAllister

Manufacturing Consent

2013

Indian ink on paper

£535

Inspired by Adam Curtis’ Century of The Self about 20th century consumerism.

 

 

Sep
30
Sat
2017
Stephanie Stow @ The Minories Galleries
Sep 30 @ 10:00 AM – Nov 22 @ 5:00 PM

Stephanie Stow

Preview Friday 29 September 6-9pm
Exhibition open Saturday 30 September to Wednesday 22 November 2017
Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

This exhibition presents a selection of paintings that share Stephanie Stow’s unique view of the world.

Stephanie used the natural world as her inspiration and source material, particularly at the point when it begins to break down and decay. She studied the structural forms that plants, flowers and seed-heads present, particularly when they are past their best, as well as exploring boats and other objects that have decayed over time to their elemental parts.

Through drawings and photographs, she would focus on studying the lines and space created by these objects, and examine the colours that can be found deep in the details. These studies would develop and combine with emotive responses, building up layers from outlines, adding and scraping away paint and pastels, to result in new imagery that could be seen as abstract natural forms – views of distant gardens, or plans for imagined environments.

The works present a balance between movement and tranquillity, almost as if one can see or hear the rustle of plants brushing gently against each other in the wind, or hear the drone of insects flying around. The ability to capture these sensations – of something caught just at the point of perfect balance, is a gift and legacy that we are lucky Stephanie has left us with.

Stephanie studied at the University of Hertfordshire and University College Suffolk, graduating with a BA Honours Degree in Art and Design. She exhibited in London, throughout East Anglia and has work in private collections in Europe, Australia, USA and Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge Art Collection.

All profits from sales will be donated to Addenbrooke’s Kidney Patient Association and the Critical Care Unit at Colchester General Hospital.

Oct
14
Sat
2017
Still Still Life – John Doubleday @ The Minories Galleries
Oct 14 @ 10:00 AM – Dec 2 @ 5:00 PM

Still Still Life

John Doubleday

 

Preview Friday 13 October 6-9pm

Exhibition open Saturday 14 October to Saturday 2 December 2017

Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

 

More information to follow…

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cydney.barrows@colchester.ac.uk 

Tel: 01206 712 437

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