Essex Collection of Art from Latin America

Essex Collection of Art from Latin America
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park




01206 874438

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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.

Venue Type:

Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

The Albert Sloman Library is open Monday to Friday 9am - 5:30pm

Admission charges


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Jaime Gili, 'Transnational Anthem 2', 1998

Connecting through Collecting

  • 6 September — 6 December 2014 *on now

'Connecting through Collecting: 20 years of Art from Latin American at the University of Essex' is part of the University's 50th anniversary celebrations and will bring together artwork selected by students, researchers, and academics at the University plus other material from the Collection's Archive. Those taking part in the project were encouraged to choose pieces from the Collection which made a connection to their own research interests and were asked to reflect on and write about these choices following private viewings arranged by the ESCALA team.


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