The Minories


The Minories Galleries is a professional contemporary art gallery run by Colchester School of Art. The site is also home to the School’s Postgraduate programmes. 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 the benefit of the local arts community. 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 studios for the MA students, the site also houses a public gallery and café surrounded by a walled garden. The Minories is next door to firstsite, Colchester’s new contemporary art space, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter.

Find out more about the latest events and exhibitions on The Minories website.

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

The Minories Garden Cafe is now open Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm.

The Garden, Café space and some areas of the main Minories building are available for private hire, for business meetings, conferences and training sessions. Full catering can be provided. The Café and Gardens are also a wonderful setting for wedding receptions, private parties and other celebrations. Contact us for more information.

More information about The Garden Cafe  HERE