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The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE
Pop-Up Gallery, 18 Long Wyre Street, Colchester CO1 1LJ

Located in Colchester's Cultural Quarter, The Minories has been in the hands of the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, since 1956. Gifted with a collection of artworks from the late Clarence Victor Batte-Lay, the Foundation and the collection have grown and adapted throughout the years to showcase a variety of works from local artists. We are currently working out of a temporary pop-up space in the old Holland & Barrett unit in the town centre as we aim to continue embracing the creativity of the town and the communities within it.



A three-day pottery and ceramics fair, with up to 20 local potters and ceramists offering beautiful, original work for sale. Free entry.

Friday, February 24th, Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th

10am to 4pm at The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester!

Our first event back in the Minories itself - come along and support local potters and makers, browse the stalls, buy a gift or something for yourself or your home, and enjoy coffee and cake.

Please support us!



Textile art from Clare Sams and Painting and Audio Work from Mary Pullen Deacon

From January 23rd, at our pop up gallery in 18 Long Wyre Street, an exhibition of work by two of the artists from the third cohort of Arable residencies.

Explore Anglo Norman storytelling with Mary Pullen Deacon's delicate works focusing on hand, gestures and diversity of skin tone.

Be transported to the ports and coastlines of Essex with Clare Sams' evocative and whimsical textile work.

Showing till 3rd March. 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays to Fridays, 10am to 1pm, Saturdays. Free entry.



At our pop-up in Long Wyre Street

Workshops and Artist Talk running alongside the Arable III exhibition. Pay as you feel. Donations to We are the Minories gratefully accepted:

Under the Sea Collage – Family Friendly Workshop with Clare Sams

Monday, 13 February, 2-4pm

Join Clare to make simple, colourful under-the-sea collages. All materials provided. Suitable for all.

Hands – Family Friendly Drawing Workshop with Mary Pullen Deacon

Friday, 17 February, 2-4pm

Explore hand gestures and body language as a means to convey emotions through experimental drawing and the use of diverse skin-toned materials. All material provided. Suitable for all.

Textile Workshop with Clare Sams

Wednesday, 22 February 6-8pm

Join textile artist Clare to stitch simple, beautiful oyster shells using scrap and recycled materials. Your oysters can be added to Clare’s installation or made into brooches. All materials provided.

Artist Talk and Workshop with Mary Pullen Deacon

Thursday, 23 February 6-7pm Artist Presentation/7-8pm Workshop

Let Mary take you on a journey of creativity and introduce you to a little-known female, medieval author. Enjoy a taste of Anglo-Norman storytelling and create your own visual responses to the themes of Mary’s work.



Art for Everyone

The Faculty of Everyone is an open-access and targeted-session art school, in the spirit of the East Anglian School of Painting & Drawing that evolved from Benton End in the first half of the 20th Century. 

We are facilitating community-led and participant-designed creative projects, which use art, gardening or food, so community groups, artists, gardeners, teachers, makers - indeed, everyone - please tell us:

What kind of art would you like to see and do? 
When can you be involved? 
How can we help?

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