The Minories Galleries

The Minories Galleries
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A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester. The Friends of the Minories and Victor Batte-Lay Trust have ensured the building be used to the benefit of the local arts community. This continues with Colchester School of Art providing contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings. As well as studios for the MA students, the site also houses a public gallery and café 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.

Venue Type:

Heritage site

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday
10.00am - 5.00pm

Admission charges

Free Entry - Open to the Public.

Getting there

By Road:
Coming from either Colchester bus station or Colchester Town Station follow Queen St towards the Castle Park. Before you get to the castle park you will see a side entrance to the Minories which is signed. If coming from the High St please follow the road to end, we are on the right hand side just past the Castle Park.


Accessible by Public Transport : Colchester Town station

Additional info

Cafe / Shop
Accessibilty: Disabled access via the garden entrance

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Everyone Is A Curator

  • 29 August — 24 October 2015

Most of us have art in our homes of one form or another (although a recent YouGov poll revealed that 1 in 25 US citizens are unsure if they own art or not). That art can take many forms – a child’s drawing attached to the fridge door with a fridge magnet,

Low cost printing, mass production and the global trade with workshops in East Asia have enabled a cheap and homogenous market for good quality artworks sold as interior decoration in the UK. These industrially-produced artworks are distant cousins of the contemporary art market. But there are family resemblances.

It would be all too easy to denounce artworks from B&Q or IKEA as some of the lowest products of the culture industry, and their owners as passive victims of a malevolent industrial complex. “The elite always assumes that the public is moulded by the products imposed on it,” writes Michel de Certeau. But that would be to deny the day-to-day enjoyment that people get from their home art collections, and the creative ways in which everyone uses commercial culture to construct a self-image from its fragments. De Certeau redefines cultural consumers as “unrecognized producers, poets of their own acts, silent discoverers of their own paths in the jungle of functionalist rationality”.

Over the last five months, Mark Wilsher and a team of volunteers have been visiting over a hundred and fifty households within two miles of the Minories Galleries. Over two thousand artworks have been documented, and from these a selection of forty have been borrowed from living room and bedroom walls to make up this exhibition.

It is possible to discern some common themes in the selection. Reproductions of famous works by Picasso, Van Gogh and Matisse bring to mind Malraux’s museum without walls. Canvas prints on stretchers emulate the form of traditional easel painting. Posters from children’s bedrooms advertise recent Disney movies and the Minecraft phenomenon.

The exhibition is an anthropological investigation of the aesthetics of a locality, individual tastes and subjectivity filtered through the mechanisms of contemporary capitalism

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Website

http://art.colchester.ac.uk/minories/exhibitions/everyone-curator-mark-wilsher

Getting there

By Road:
Coming from either Colchester bus station or Colchester Town Station follow Queen St towards the Castle Park. Before you get to the castle park you will see a side entrance to the Minories which is signed. If coming from the High St please follow the road to end, we are on the right hand side just past the Castle Park.


Accessible by Public Transport : Colchester Town station

The Minories Galleries
74 High Street
Colchester
Essex
CO1 1UE
England

Website

E-mail

the.minories@colchester.ac.uk

Telephone

01206 712437

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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