Christmas at The Minories Galleries
The Minories Galleries is a contemporary gallery managed and run by Colchester School of Art, part of Colchester Institute, providing exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings. As well as a public gallery, the site also contains the Batte-Lay tea room 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.
Colchester School of Art is a place where imagination and creativity can flourish, in studios and workshops that are equipped to offer the opportunity to express and realise ideas and ambitions. As part of the School of Art it is very important to us to provide a venue which can help emerging and established artists and makers promote and sell their work. All of the items in our shop are by local creatives, many with associations with Colchester School of Art, both current and former lecturers and students.
Our aim at The Minories is to respond to the creative needs and interests of our artists and to provide a platform where they can showcase their work. They in return provide us with a wonderful selection of art and work available in The Minories Shop all of which is beautifully hand crafted and thoughtfully designed. At Christmas we make the shop festive and full to bursting with a unique and exciting selection of contemporary craft and art including Christmas decorations, ceramics, textiles, prints, jewellery and cards, all produced especially for the Minories Christmas Shop. If you are looking for a really special and individual gift or something unique for yourself or your home we have something for everyone.
Twice yearly we open up the opportunity for artists to sell work through our annual spring and Christmas art and design fairs where we are joined by other talented artists and makers selling a wide variety of goods across many disciplines. This Christmas we are excited to be joining with our close neighbours Firstsite to create a Christmas extravaganza across both venues and the public space in between our buildings. The market will run from Friday 2nd December at the Minories, Saturday 3rd December across both venues and continues on Sunday 4th December at Firstsite. Between us we are creating a full calendar of events over the weekend to help celebrate the joy of Christmas and promote the best in art and design that the region has to offer.
We really hope you will join us.
The Minories Galleries are open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm. Entry is free.
Firstsite is open every day 10am – 5pm. Entry is free
The Minories and Firstsite Christmas Makers Market and events will be held on Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December 10am – 4pm Entry is Free