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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

Jul
29
Sat
2017
Cyanotype / Lumen Printing and Camera Obscura @ The Minories Galleries
Jul 29 @ 10:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cyanotype / Lumen Printing and Camera Obscura @ The Minories Galleries | England | United Kingdom

 

Cyanotype / Lumen Printing and Camera Obscura

One day workshop

Saturday 29 July

10am-3pm

£25

For booking please see the link above.

 

We start this workshop in the beautiful Minories garden. Built by a former Fine Art degree student of Colchester School of Art we will be using the fantastic camera obscura to explore the surroundings of the Minories. With a lightly to digest art theoretical introduction we progress to create some of the most beautiful alternative print outcomes. Cyanotypes and Lumen prints give you a visual experience that cannot be mimicked by digital technology. We guide you through all the processes and have a set of hand-outs for you to take home. At the end of the workshop you will have some nice prints to take home. Please bring printed photographs up to A4 size or digital image files on a flash drive in jpg format. Ideally have a digital camera on hand to shoot in the camera obscura. Pen and paper to take notes.

Aug
5
Sat
2017
Photo Walk Along the River Colne @ The Minories Galleires
Aug 5 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Photo Walk Along the River Colne @ The Minories Galleires | England | United Kingdom

 

Photo Walk Along the River Colne

 

Meeting point at The Minories Galleries
Saturday, 5th August 2017
9am – 1.30pm
£25
 Please see the link above for more information and booking.

We are pleased to offer you a set of guided photo walks along the river Colne, leaving Colchester from Castle Park and walking to Wivenhoe. This is a great opportunity for a nice day out to take pictures and meet like-minded people. Instead of a formal lecture the guided walk is to be seen as a social event where you are budding up with fellow photographers and having the advantage of having a photography lecturer alongside to chat with about all sorts of photo related issues.

How will the day go?

The walking distance is approximately 4 miles. We have doubled up the time to cover this distance based on the avaerge time needed to walk this.

 

9.00  We meet at the Minories in Colchester to welcome the group and give you a short briefing, cover some photographic topics, logistics of guided walking in a large group and some health & safety advice.

 

9.30  We start our walk from Castle Park and follow the foot/cycle path along the river towards Wivenhoe. We will be walking the 4 miles with plenty of stops to take pictures and having some photo related discussions.

 

12.30  Planned arriving time in Wivenhoe where we can sit down for some food and drink, reflecting on the activity.

13.30  We end the walk and individually make our way back home. Train station and bus stop are in close proximity.

What do I need to bring with?

Photographic equipment, analogue or digital, both systems are welcome to be used. Make sure your batteries are charged and you have sufficient memory (film) to take photographs. Keep it light but have appropriate gear protection (bag).

Appropriate walking gear to cover a 4 mile distance. Comfortable shoes are important. Check the weather forecast to pack accordingly. Bring a bottle of water and some energy bars, just in case.

What will I be learning?

This is an informal learning event. past experience shows that you will learn more than expected. Being surrounded by people with a shared interest is a great environment to pick up knowledge and skills. Your guide will certainly talk to everyone in the group and has plenty to say about camera settings and image composition.

Who is guiding the photo walk?

The walk is guided by Mike Klencher, a photography lecturer across various programs at Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester. Mike is a experienced tutor who alongside FE and HE teaching has delivered leisure learning classes to adult learners since 2004. Mike’s practice engages with alternative processes and printing, zine making and software experimentation. In Ipswich he organises the Ginnel Foto Fest, …the smallest photo festival.

How much does it cost?

We tried our best to keep this at a very affordable price of £ 25.00 per head. Maximum group size is 20 to ensure everyone gets a fair share  of contact time with Mike.

Every walk starts at 9 am at the Minories in Colchester and finishes approx. 13.30 in Wivenhoe. The fee does not include refreshments and food. participants have to be reasonably fit to cover the walking distance of 4 miles. No photographic experience is required and all levels are welcome to join.

Get off the AUTO Mode – The absolute beginners class for DSLR and Bridge @ The Minories Galleries
Aug 5 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Get off the AUTO Mode – The absolute beginners class for DSLR and Bridge @ The Minories Galleries | England | United Kingdom

 

Get off the AUTO Mode – The absolute beginners class for DSLR and Bridge

 

One day workshop 
Saturday 5 August  
10am-3pm

 £25

Please see the link above for more information and  booking

Based at The Minories Galleries on Colchester High Street, we will spend the morning on basic photographic theory in order to produce better pictures. You will learn about all the technical stuff in a nice casual way. So don’t be afraid. Moving on we discuss a set of image composition methods to get you ready to take better photographs. After a short lunch break it will be hands-on. We will be heading into town and Castle Park to take photographs. As a team, students will have to complete a set of creative tasks engaging with core photographic applications including Landscape, Architecture, Street, Portrait and Close-up.

We will end the day at The Minories Galleries summarising the learning outcomes of the day. Please bring your digital camera ready with enough battery power and sufficient memory available. Pen and paper to take notes.

Aug
6
Sun
2017
Outdoor Theatre at The Minories – Chameleon’s Web Theatre Company Presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz @ The Minories Garden
Aug 6 all-day

Outdoor Theatre at The Minories –

Chameleon’s Web Theatre Company Presents

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Sunday 6th August
2.30pm & 6.30pm, The back garden gate will open 1 hour before each performance
The Minories Garden, High St, Colchester CO1 1UE

All Dorothy Gale wants to do is travel. Get out of Kansas, go somewhere new. Somewhere different. Dorothy’s father doesn’t want her to go, afraid that something might happen to her. But when a tornado hits the Gale farmstead, Dorothy goes further than she ever thought possible.

Stuck in a strange land with only a Scarecrow, A Tin Woodsman and a Lion for company, Dorothy sets off on a quest to return home, a quest that will require brains, heart and bravery. But the Wizard of Oz won’t help and a witch is after Dorothy’s slippers. The Scarecrow can’t remember anything, the Tin Woodsman doesn’t care and the Lion… well, he’s got issues.

With things looking bleak and the way home uncertain, Dorothy starts to look at her life in a whole new way, because travel really does broaden the mind.

Ticket Prices – £11 Adults, £9 Concessions, £34 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)

Box office – 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 booking includes p&p)
www.ticketsource.co.uk/chameleonsweb

All other enquiries – 07936 067657

Aug
21
Mon
2017
Beginners Creative Writing – 2 Day Workshop @ The Minories Galleries
Aug 21 @ 10:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Beginners Creative Writing -Two day workshop –

Monday & Tuesday

Date 1 : 21 / 08/17

Date 2 : 22/08/17

10am – 4pm

£75

 

Set in in the heart of Colchester in the inspirational environment of The the Minories, you will have the opportunity to develop techniques to improve your writing, regardless of experience as well as gaining tools to combat writers block. The only limit is where your imagination can take you!

In an exciting journey of self-discovery, you will get to explore experimenting with a variety of styles and ideas with the view of stimulating new content. We will be reading and discussing short stories and poetry, and through a series of exercises and assignments, building up your own writing skills as well as looking at ways to use language to capture your audience’s attention. You will also network and mix with fellow aspiring writers, poets, songwriters, journalists, script writers, publishers and the taster day will culminate in an opportunity to share good practice, and receive constructive feedback given from peers which you can act upon.

Aug
22
Tue
2017
Beginners Creative Writing – 2 Day Workshop @ The Minories Galleries
Aug 22 @ 10:00 PM – Aug 23 @ 4:00 AM

Beginners Creative Writing -Two day workshop –

Monday & Tuesday

Date 1 : 21 / 08/17

Date 2 : 22/08/17

10am – 4pm

£75

 

Set in in the heart of Colchester in the inspirational environment of The the Minories, you will have the opportunity to develop techniques to improve your writing, regardless of experience as well as gaining tools to combat writers block. The only limit is where your imagination can take you!

In an exciting journey of self-discovery, you will get to explore experimenting with a variety of styles and ideas with the view of stimulating new content. We will be reading and discussing short stories and poetry, and through a series of exercises and assignments, building up your own writing skills as well as looking at ways to use language to capture your audience’s attention. You will also network and mix with fellow aspiring writers, poets, songwriters, journalists, script writers, publishers and the taster day will culminate in an opportunity to share good practice, and receive constructive feedback given from peers which you can act upon.

Jun
16
Fri
2017
Love Machines : Alex Pearl @ The Minories Galleries
Jun 16 @ 6:00 PM – Aug 27 @ 1:00 AM

Love Machines 

Alex Pearl

Clusters of machines that probe our relationship with mechanical objects when they break down.

 

Exhibition preview

Friday 16 June 6-9pm

 

Exhibition open

Saturday 17 June to Saturday 27 August 2017

Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

 

Alex Pearl is interested in the way we relate to machines, particularly in the way we relate to them when they break down. This area of research feels increasingly relevant as our interaction with machines increases on a daily basis.

We rely on machines for many of our daily tasks – from drying hair to toasting bread, moving us around to documenting thoughts, capturing images to sharing almost everything, we probably engage more with machines than we do with other human-beings. We are so continuously contiguous with our phones that we are virtually cyborgs, and with the development of technological implants, that science fiction is very close to becoming a reality.

Our exchanges with machines are usually off-hand and casual – if we are familiar with them we use them almost without thinking. But what happens when machines break down? How does our relationship with them alter? This question is at the crux of Alex’s work, and the machines he makes often do break down as he builds in a tendency to failure, whether through bad workmanship (deliberate or otherwise) or by constructing something that only just works, thereby increasing the likelihood of it not working.

When a machine breaks down we pay a lot more attention to it – feelings of frustration or anger are sometimes vented on it, and we often act as if the machine is sentient and has chosen to break down in some kind of malicious attempt to stop us doing from what we were trying to do. This anthropomorphism of machines can induce us to shout or swear at them, call them names, or perhaps (in the famous scene in Fawlty Towers where Basil’s car breaks down) thrash them with a branch.

The humorous aspect of this behavior has not gone unnoticed by Alex, and he exploits the ridiculousness of our relationship with, and attitude towards these amalgemations of dumb materials to produce works that highlight some of these emotions and reactions. He produces works that build towards collapse, and teeter on the edge of failure, drawing us in with the thrill of anticipation as we wait for something momentous to occur, until we begin to understand that maybe nothing will take place, and walk away bemused but maybe also amused.

The machines and videos displayed in Love Machines have largely been conceived and constructed in FACTLab, an open facility developed by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool) to allow artists and technologists to explore their technoerotic fascinations. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to approach the machines consciously and cautiously, and consider their relationship to them. The machines will also develop their own relationship with the space they inhabit and any body that approaches them. As they approach breakdown they will be repaired, reconfigured and replaced. This act will be a performative element of the exhibition but not quite a performance.

Alex says about his work: “Even in 1932, mechanologists like Jacques Lafitte were seeking to break down the perceived barrier between what was considered human and what was considered machine. Of course, robots had already been invented and were often (like Fritz Lang’s Maria in Metropolis) running amok, tearing down the human world. Now, while we continue to be anxious about the machine, our intimacies with metal and silicon have never been greater. We love (and hate) machines. The relationships explored in Love Machines are a little less violent than much Science Fiction but no less intimate. Hopefully in this exhibition there is a level of (self)love in the material exchanges experienced by the viewer, the artist and the machines.”

 

About the artist

Alex Pearl’s practice encompasses video, sculpture, photography, and occasionally even performance. It plays with ideas of chance, quotidian struggles, loss of control and failure. Currently he is working on a practice led PhD in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and FACT, for which he is making a number of machines and films investigating the relationship between mechanical breakdown and anthropomorphism. His title is Breakdown: Mechanical Dysfunction and Anthropomorphism.

Pearl’s work displays a boyish fascination with the structures and images of Science Fiction. His machines often resemble the productions of a crackpot hobbyist, an ersatz Rotwang without the funding or genius. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as: The Sydney Opera House, Tate Britain, the Whitstable Biennale and a small hut in Siberia. He has also been unsuccessful in more than one grant application. These have included Arts Council funding to slaughter rival artists, a British Antarctic Survey application not to go to the Antarctic and planning permission to build a rocket launch pad in a gallery in Bristol.

www.alexpearl.co.uk

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