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 well established 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 have over 40 artists and maker stallholders creating a Christmas extravaganza at our Christmas Market. The market will be on Saturday 25th November and is held on the first floor of the Minories opening up our Ballroom and the beautiful beamed Old Studios.
On Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November fashion and textile designers Mary Ratcliffe and Claudette Joseph will be holding a Fashion Salon at the Minories. Claudette has worked for a number of years in the fashion industry as a designer for Arcadia and at Jasper Conran and Jean Muir and she has created a strong firmly rooted aesthetic of her own. Launching her label and selling at boutique shows and in specialist designer fairs has enabled the Claudette Joseph label to reach a worldwide clientele.
Mary comes with an equally impressive reputation and is a textile designer creating fashion prints. She works on art based projects, or design applications producing interior fabrics and homeware, ceramics and wallpaper. She is an avid collector of decorative china, and vintage textiles and fashion, which she combines with the love of flowers and natural forms to create unexpected juxtaposition of imagery.
We really hope you will join us.
The Minories Galleries and shop are open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm. Entry is free.
The Minories Christmas Market and will be held on Saturday 25 November 10am – 4pm Entry is Free
The Fashion Salon will be held on Friday 24 November 10am – 7pm and Saturday 25 November 10am to 5pm