WHO WE ARE

Art Gallery   ¦   Creative Community Space

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 aim to continue to embrace the creativity of the town and the communities within it.

 
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WE ARE THE MINORIES

 

EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

at 4-5 Trinity Square, CO1 1JR and 4-6 Long Wyre Street, CO1 1LH         Mondays to Thursdays 12 - 4pm Free Entry

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SILENT SPRING

Silent Spring is an exhibition dedicated to artists inspired by nature and wildlife, including Paul Harfleet's gentle referencing of John Vine's Cockerel from our collection, a dance performance and audio guides to movement in nature by Becky Horne, and foraging walks and a soundscape by Wyrd Flora. At both our Long Wyre Street and Trinity Square pop-up spaces from June 10th to July 21st.

EVENT - WILDCRAFTING WALK

Part of Silent Spring


Join artists Wyrd Flora to discover what lays in the hedgerow. Meet at 10am on July 24th at the hole in the wall near the footbridge on Balkerne Hill for a short circuit trail around Hilly Fields.  We will look at edible plants from the uses of wild roses, wild poppy, elderflowers, chamomile mallow, clovers.... the list goes on!


Some of what we find en route will be transformed into a herbal tea and some delicious snacks for you to try back at the We Are the Minories temporary exhibition space at Long Wyre Street. 

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EVENT - SOUND JOURNEY

Part of Silent Spring - Live Collective Sonic Work, 24 July 6pm

Wyrd Flora and Gong Voyage present an edible, sensorial and musical experience through the seasons. Together we will create a live collective sonic piece to accompany the Wyrd Flora projected visual artwork denoting Silent Spring in the We Are the Minories temporary exhibition space at the One Colchester Community Hub.

We invite you to lay or sit and meditatively journey through the soundscape with us. There will be a chance for discussion after the sound journey, and foraged spring inspired tea and biscuits. 

A mat and blanket are recommended for a warm and comfy experience however you will need to bring your own along with you.

FASHION & BLACKNESS

Curated by Stafi Samaki, and showcasing the work of two young, Black female fashion designers, as well as other Black creatives, this exhibition explores the experience of Black people in the fashion industry. Showing at our Trinity Square space from June 10th to July 21st.

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IN PICTURES - THE FACES OF OUR ARMED FORCES

A project in collaboration with the Garrison, inviting children to send us their portraits of armed forces personnel, and much-loved veterans. Half term workshops led by professional portrait artists saw the children have a chance to meet real-life soldiers who acted as models. Exhibition opens with a special event on Armed Forces Day, June 26th at our Long Wyre Street space.

 
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The Online Collection

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Have a look at our social media Instagram account where our artists have been reimagining the Art Collection held by the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation

 

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