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Friends of the Minories


The Friends of the Minories is the name of the association of supporters of the Minories Art Gallery. We have been organising fundraising events for the gallery since 1976. Our aim is to support the Minories by maintaining its walled garden and to provide the opportunity for mostly local people to become involved in the cultural life of North East Essex and of the many visitors to Colchester.

We support the work of Colchester Institute Fine Art  Design Department who have recently taken over the Minories. We are also supportive of the Colchester Art Society who will hold its exhibitions henceforth in the gallery, thus restoring its reputation as a showcase of excellent East Anglian creative works.

The Friends organise 4 to 5 events each year, mainly visits to places of interest, thereby enabling members and friends to contribute towards the upkeep of the Minories garden with its 18th century Gothic Folly. Both garden and Folly are registered with the Essex Gardens Trust of which the Friends are group members.


Dear Friends,

Following careful consideration of the recent events linked to the coronavirus, we have decided to cancel all our events until further notice. We will be reviewing the situation regularly and keep you informed on reviewed schedules. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding at this difficult time. We hope to see you again in the not-too-distant future. Meanwhile may I remind you that this year's subscription renewal date is as usual on July 1st. As you know the Friends raise funds for the upkeep of the garden at the Minories. Even in these difficult times the garden is being looked after. The Suffolk Gardeners, Catherine and Julia, pruned trees and shrubs in mid-February. Mowing, edging and clearing gutters and soakaways continue fortnightly with reliable Geoff Bailey. Max Fox, the Gallery Director, patrols the gallery and the garden twice weekly or more. 

We are enormously grateful for your continued support. We hope you will bear with us until the gallery and its beautiful garden reopen.

With very best wishes

Evelyne Bell - Vice-Chairman of the Friends of the Minories