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The Minories Art Gallery

The Minories Galleries houses a contemporary art gallery run by Colchester School of Art. The site is also home to a shop selling some of the best art and crafts to be found across the region, has meeting rooms for hire, and can also cater for weddings and other events. A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester.

The Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, over the years assisted by the ‘Friends of The Minories’ support group, have ensured the building be used to present art for the community of Colchester and visitors to the town. This has continued and now ensures the Colchester School of Art provides contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings.

As well as the public gallery and shop, there is also the Batte-Lay Tea Rooms (run by Tiptree) and a wonderful walled garden that is looked after by The Friends of The Minories. The Minories is next door to Firstsite, Colchester’s new contemporary art space, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter.
The Galleries are open Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm.
Entry is Free.

The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street, CO1 1UE, Colchester, United Kingdom

Tel: (01206) 712437
E-mail: the.minories@colchester.ac.uk 

Colchester School of Art we are proud to have a history dating from 1885, the year the original Art School was founded.
As well as being witness to the many great developments and upheavals of the twentieth century, the Art School has adapted to the increasing pace of change in contemporary art and design practice.
Today we strive to maintain the integrity of our courses, at the heart of which is a desire to develop concepts, designs and objects that will challenge and inspire. We believe in skill, traditional or otherwise, as a basis for understanding how ideas can exist.

Switchboard: 01206 712000
Course Enquiries: 01206 712777
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Colchester School of Art,
Colchester Institute,
Sheepen Road,
Colchester,
Essex,
CO3 3LL

East Anglian Group of Marine Artists

East Anglian Group of Marine Artists are a small group of professional and semi-professional artists with a shared enthusiasm for depicting marine subjects.
Together with holding exhibitions the group also meet socially and take part in outdoor painting days several times a year, usually including one ‘afloat’ on members’ yachts, or often aboard a Thames Sailing Barge.

The Group came into being in 1979 when six marine painters met at the famous ‘Butt and Oyster’ pub at Pin Mill, located on the banks of the River Orwell in Suffolk.
Soon others were invited to join, amongst them some well known and highly regarded artists who were also attracted by the allure of the subject matter on offer along the East Coast.
Following an inaugural exhibition in 1980 the group has advanced progressively both in quality and diversity to make it the respected organisation it is today.

We are always happy to answer any enquiries, so if you have any questions, or would like to offer your support, please do not hesitate in contacting us.

Membership enquiries    contact  Andrew King – Membership Secretary

Exhibition enquiries        contact  John Shave – Exhibitions Officer

General enquiries           contact  Richard Dack – Chairman

The SAA society for all artists

The SAA, society for all artists, is for everyone with a love of painting. We believe in encouraging everyone, from complete novices and hesitant beginners to the legions of leisure painters and beyond… but the best thing is – the way we make you feel… informed, encouraged, inspired… and so pleased with your results!

The SAA is here to supply inspiration, information, help and advice on a whole host of practical painting issues. The SAA is the most influential and far reaching society of its kind anywhere in the world… with an ever growing ‘family’ of enthusiastic and eager artists (over 45,000 members) it’s the largest art society… and the friendliest!
Contact Millennium House, Brunel Dr, Newark NG24 2DE
info@saa.co.uk
Phone: 0800 980 1123

At the SAA we pride ourselves on offering the best possible service and support to all who love to paint. We love to receive ideas from members and to hear about your painting activities. However, de spite our best efforts, sometimes things go wrong. We can only put them right if we know about them. So please do contact me if you ever have any cause to complain about any of our services or products. We will sort it out and please continue to let us hear your good news.

Happy painting, John Hope-Hawkins, SAA Chairman

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SAA do everything we can to provide the best possible service.
We offer value for money always.
We accept any returned item for any reason, at any time. No arguments
SAA Home Shopping ships in stock goods the day you place your order.
We believe that what is best for our members, is best for us. We only want happy members and customers.
The SAA team are trained to always be friendly and helpful and make sure you make the most of all the member benefits your entitled to. They are urged to take all the time that is required to take care of you.
We operate efficiently, our people are hard working, intelligent and share in our success.

Watershed Studio

Watershed StudioWatershed Studio are now celebrating our 17th birthday! It’s hard to believe that the small farm diversification project that we started to plan over sixteen years ago has turned into a thriving and successful art venue with a proven reputation for top quality courses and hospitality. Watershed Studio now attract some of the country’s best tutors and the atmosphere is buzzy and very creative. Students come from all over the UK and even from as far away as Australia on occasions. I feel truly blessed to play host to these vibrant and stimulating days and am delighted to share this lovely place where we live and work in with our visitors.

At Watershed we hold a wide variety of art workshops throughout the year. We specialise on single and two day courses, priding ourselves on good quality, professional but affordable painting breaks. We are very lucky to have such a great team of tutors who teach here and we try to cover most media and cater for all abilities.

 

Watershed Studio St Clere’s Hall Lane, St Osyth, Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO16 8RX Tel: 01255 820466
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