Exhibition: Picture Books by Lee Thomas

We are very pleased to welcome Lee Thomas  back to our gallery with ‘Picture Books’, a collection of artworks inspired by books.

Moby Dick by Herman Melvillle

Lee has been working on this project for  the  last two months. He enlisted the help of our book-loving customers who suggested  favourite book titles, characters or scenes to spark his imagination. The result is wonderfully varied and colourful collection of pictures, each inspired by a book

A Zoo in my Luggage by Gerald Durrell


Lee Thomas is a creative artist, graphic designer, illustrator and photographer based in Colchester. Find out more about Lee and his work here.  


All the prints in the exhibition are available framed for £45.00. The related books are displayed alongside the art and with Christmas coming consider a gift with a difference – we can gift wrap a book and its picture together for £50.00.


Meet the Artist

Wednesday 6th December will be the first of our December late opening evenings.  Lee will be on hand to tell you more about his work and the ‘Picture Book’ project.


Yes, our children’s book clubs meet again on Saturday afternoon so get in touch if you’d like to join in.   Children’s Book Group at is at 3 pm and the Young Adult Book Group at 2 pm.

Made in Colchester Art Exhibition

We are very pleased to be hosting an exhibition of work from ‘Made in Colchester’, a collective of artists and creative crafters living and working in the area. The works exhibited provide an insight into the wide range and diverse styles of this talented group of artists.

On the afternoon of Saturday 21st October there will be an opportunity to meet the artists behind this wonderful collection. Come along to the shop between 2.30 and 5 pm and find out more about the collective.

Made In Colchester are a collective of artists, makers and designers who are based within the Colchester area.

We are a diverse group with a common thread of Colchester, quality and innovation. We spread the work and message of the collective through shows, workshops, talks, exhibitions and fairs. We also aim to to promote the wealth of creative talent and skills that can be found within the Colchester art scene.

The exhibition continues until Friday November 11th.

Street Hunt: Explore Colchester, have fun, win money!

Get the book, check the clues and start hunting!

Win up to £10,000! Street Hunt is a kind of visual crossword puzzle, a treasure hunt where the riches are road names, a story emerging from the page: and your chance to win up to £10,000!

The treasure hunt book project has been put together by Colchester Arts Centre working with artist, Joshua Sofaer. A poem has been written with words from Colchester road names. A book of photographs shows the street signs and their surroundings but with the names removed. You have to work out what the streets are, using the emerging story of the poem to help you. The first person to submit a correctly completed book with all the right answers wins. The prize is the total cash fund of the amalgamated book sales with a guaranteed minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of £10,000 if all the books printed are sold. The more money we receive the bigger the prize pot gets. Books are available from midday on Saturday 16th September 2017 at Red Lion Books, 125 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1SZ. Find out more here.