The Minories

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  • Exhibition
Saturday 30 September – Saturday 14 October 2023

Essex Artists Past and Present

An exhibition illustrating the wealth of talented artists in the region. Hayletts Gallery will be showcasing well-known late and contemporary artists from Essex with all works being for sale. There will be a significant overlap between prominent artists from the twentieth century onwards, with artists in the Victor Batte-Lay Collection. Bygone Essex artists of note in this exhibition include: Charles Bartlett, Edward Bawden, Bernard Cheese, Henry Collins, Walter Hoyle, John Nash, Eduardo Paolozzi, John O’Connor, Pam Dan, Dione Page, Michael Rothenstein, Humphrey Spender, & Valerie Thornton. Contemporary Essex artists include: Richard Bawden, Simon Carter, Chloe Cheese, Ben Coode-Adams, James Dodds, Maggi Hambling, John Doubleday, Ian Hay, Robina Jack, Olwen Jones, Elizabeth Morris, Barbara Peirson, Pam Schomberg, Anne Schwegmann-Fielding, Tessa Spencer Pryse, Michael Smee, Alison Stockmarr, and Chris Wenlock.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–4pm

The Minories, 74 High Street, CO1 1UE

  • Workshop
Wednesday 6 – Wednesday 27 September 2023

Yoga in the garden

Join Jo Murphy for a relaxing blend of traditional Hatha poses, Vinyasa-style flows, breath awareness, mindfulness, and meditation. Suitable for beginners. To book, please email:

Wednesday evenings from 6–7pm

The Minories, 74 High Street, CO1 1UE

£7 per session
  • Exhibition
Saturday 21 October – Saturday 4 November 2023

Sargy Mann: Suffolk 1976

Sargy Mann (1937–2015) is considered to be one of the most extraordinary artists of his generation. Throughout his life Sargy had a fascination with how we see the world around us and how best to communicate that experience through painting. The long hot summer of 1976 was a key moment in Sargy’s development as an artist. He spent several weeks in Thorington Street, Suffolk where he produced an astonishing amount of work and where his painting underwent a series of important transformations. Sargy Mann: Suffolk 1976 focuses on this pivotal time, featuring 44 paintings and drawings, the majority of which will be for sale. It has been organised by Cobbold and Judd Fine Art in collaboration with the Sargy Mann Estate, and hosted at The Minories, only a few miles from Thorington Street where Sargy spent that key summer.

10am–4pm, 7 days a week

The Minories, 74 High Street, CO1 1UE

  • Workshop
Wednesday 22 November – Wednesday 13 December 2023

Beginners 4 week creative writing course

In an exciting 4 week journey with David Brown, you will get to explore experimenting with a variety of styles and ideas with a view of stimulating new content. Through various activities & exploration exercises, we will begin building up your writing skills as well as developing ways to use language creatively to capture your audience's attention. Delving into lyrics, short stories, plays and poetry, the course will culminate in the opportunity to share your own practice and receive constructive feedback from peers that you can act on.

Wednesday evenings from 6–9pm

The Minories, 74 High Street, CO1 1UE

£150 block booking + booking fee
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The Minories building and collection is owned by the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation.