The Minories Galleries

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 Wilkin & Sons of 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 Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Entry is Free.

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

Tel: (01206) 712437

The Minories Galleries
Image Gallery
Jan 31 @ 10:00 AM – Feb 24 @ 5:00 PM The Minories Galleries
This is the private view for the first show for this years Degree Students in Year Two from Colchester Institute...
Mar 2 @ 10:00 AM – Mar 3 @ 4:00 PM The Minories Galleries
All of the artworks in the Secret Art Sale have been donated by artists; professional, aspiring, student, amateur, and celebrity,...
Mar 17 @ 10:00 AM – Mar 25 @ 4:00 PM The Minories Galleries
PATRICK GEORGE: FROM PROSE TO POETRY 17th – 24th March 2018 ~ The Minories Ballroom, Colchester There is no doubt...
Apr 7 @ 10:00 AM – Apr 26 @ 4:00 PM The Minories Galleries
  Elemental Forces  Val Bonnett          For Val Bonnett the surrounding landscape is a vital part of her inspiration,...
For details on current or upcoming short courses or workshops at The Minories please see the ‘Recreation and Leisure Courses’ section of the Colchester Institute website HERE

Venue Hire
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.
Tel: (01206) 712437

Hire The Minories 

  • Weddings
  • Exhibition Hire
  • Private hire (parties and celebrations)
  • Business meetings
  • Conferences
  • Training sessions
The Minories Shop
Support local artists, designers and makers by visiting our shop at The Minories Galleries. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am until 4pm. If you are interested in selling in The Minories Shop please contact us on Tel: (01206) 712437 or E-mail: