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.
The Minories facade

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.


Christmas 2014 Opening Hours

Tuesday 23 December -10am - 5pm
Christmas Eve - 10am - 2pm
Christmas Day - Closed
Boxing Day - Closed
Saturday 27 December- 10am - 5pm

Sunday 28 December - Thursday 1 January - Closed

From Friday 2 January we will be open our normal hours Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm


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

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

More information about The Garden Cafe  HERE

74 High Street, CO1 1UE Colchester, United Kingdom

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