Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets, by Edouard Manet (1832-1883), 1872Window display at the MinoriesFitzwilliamThe Parasol by Francisco Goya (1746-1828), c.1777

The Friends of the Minories


Who are we?

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’s 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.

Past events have included:

  • Day trips to the National Gallery, the V&A, The Queen’s Gallery, Chartwell House, Somerset House, Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Fitzwilliam and many others.
  • Garden visits to Wyken Hall, Sissinghurst, Mottisfont, Garsington and Hatchlands.
  • Lectures on Michaelangelo, Goya, Velasquez, Vermeer, Bonnard and Monet.
  • Easter markets selling bric-a-brac, books, pictures, preserves, cakes and plants.
  • Glyndebourne Touring opera Productions at Norwich, usually in November.

By joining the Friends you will be part of a socially active and interesting group of members who help to promote the visual arts in your area. No need to participate actively however but your support for the arts lobby is vital. For £10 per annum you will do just that and receive regular news of the above events!

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