Colchester art gallery The Minories is preparing to reopen after a hiatus

A COMMUNITY art gallery says it is eager to welcome visitors again as it prepares to reopen.

The Minories, which is located in High Street, Colchester, is preparing to reopen as soon as possible.

The art gallery, which is based in a historic Grade II listed building near East Hill and Colchester Castle, is closed while the Colchester Institute, which has leased the building, prepares to hand over the building.

The Minories building is owned by the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation and managed by the new charity We are the Minories.

The gallery does not receive any external funding from local authorities and relies on fundraising and donations to be able to organize exhibitions, workshops and classes, and facilitate its community-led art projects.

The reopening date has not yet been confirmed, but the gallery, which will also house artists’ studios and a community space, is keen to involve Colcestrians in their future projects.

However, in the meantime, the gallery is also considering expanding into premises in Colchester town centre, as it did successfully last year with a temporary space near Trinity Square.

We are the Minories says it hopes to open a pop-up gallery in the former Holland & Barrett store in Colchester, which has been closed for some time.

It is hoped that the small gallery will make art more accessible to residents of Colchester and will remain open after the reopening of the main minority building.

Jade Fothergill, who runs the gallery, said: “We are looking forward to reopening Minories, but we don’t have a concrete date yet.

“We will be opening a temporary store unit in the former Holland and Barrett unit in Long Wyre Street.

“We hope to open there within the next two months and look forward to having a downtown presence again.

“We hope our pop-up gallery will make us more accessible and visible as we believe art is for everyone, and we look forward to welcoming the community into a vibrant and inspiring creative space.

“We want to publicize our continued existence and the community programming we do.”

The charity also hopes to welcome new trustees to support the gallery.

Interested residents can email Jade at [email protected] for more information.

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