Essex Collection of Art from Latin America
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
The Essex Collection of Art from Latin America is a public, accredited museum at the University of Essex that stimulates research, awareness and appreciation of art from Latin America.
The Collection has more than 750 artworks in a broad range of media dating from 1900 to the present. Our main activities are teaching, research, exhibitions and loans. Through these activities we engage a range of audiences from primary school children to adult learners. We often work directly with artists and other institutions in order to foster greater understanding of Latin America as a culturally rich and increasingly influential part of the world.
With an associated archive and library of approximately 4,500 items, ESCALA is the most complete public resource in the UK for art from Latin America.
The Essex Collection of Art from Latin America is based at the University's Colchester Campus, in the East of England. The Campus is a striking 1960s modernist urban design within Wivenhoe Park, the eighteenth-century landscaped grounds of Wivenhoe House, located between the towns of Wivenhoe and Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town.
At the Colchester Campus, selected works from ESCALA can be viewed in the Albert Sloman Library and in the grounds of Wivenhoe Park, which are open to the public. Works that are not on display can be viewed by appointment, as can items from the archive. This website contains a fully digitized catalogue of the Collection.
The Albert Sloman Library is open Monday to Friday 9am - 5:30pm