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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.

 

This year we have the privilege again of hosting the Graduation Receptions for Colchester Institute.

We would like to wish a huge congratulations to everyone graduating this year we look forward to celebrating with you.

Unfortunately this will mean that our Galleries, Shop, Gardens and Tiptree Tea Rooms will be closed to the general public on Friday 6 October & Saturday 7 October .

We apologise for any inconvenience.

We will be open again as usual on Monday 9 October.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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-Lifes – John Doubleday @ The Minories Galleries
Oct 14 @ 10:00 AM – Dec 2 @ 5:00 PM

Still Still-Lifes

John Doubleday

 

Preview Friday 13 October 6-9pm

Exhibition open Saturday 14 October to Saturday 2 December 2017

Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

 

This exhibition celebrates John Doubleday’s seventieth birthday and comes with an illustrated catalogue.  It looks back over more than fifty years of a narrow spectrum of John Doubleday’s career.

Paintings have been assembled from a number of sources to illustrate a persistent thread that has run alongside his more publicly acknowledged work.  The exhibition also looks forward by showing his current work, some in two dimensions and some in direct cast bronze.

It is more than a conventional retrospective in its anticipation of work yet to come.

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by visiting our shop at The Minories Galleries.

Open Monday to Saturday, 10am until 5pm 

 

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If you are interested in selling in The Minories Shop please contact Cydney Barrows

cydney.barrows@colchester.ac.uk 

Tel: 01206 712 437

74 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UE

 

 

 

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