We are open to visitors, with six people allowed in the gallery at a time.

Monday – Wednesday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm. No need to make an appointment in advance.

Saturdays, 12:00 – 5:00 pm. You need to make an appointment for Saturday viewings.

Email to secure your place on Saturdays.

Please note that you do not need to book an appointment Wednesday – Friday – just come by!

Admission Free


Art Exchange
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park

Telephone: 01206 873184


There are a variety of buses that stop regularly at the University of Essex. For further information please see the University’s travel pages.

Car Parking
Free parking after 16:30 on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Please park in the ‘Pay and Display’ area accessed via Boundary Road at the Wivenhoe end of campus. This parking is conveniently located for our Arts activity – just follow the footpath straight down to Square 5 (see map for details).

Colchester campus is in easy reach – please see the University’s travel pages for more information.

Trains from London to Colchester leave from Liverpool Street Station approximately every 20 minutes. The journey takes around one hour. Further information is available on our traffic updates and route planners web page.

Art Exchange has full disabled access.

Visiting Colchester campus
Square 5 is the focus for arts activity on campus. It is where Art Exchange and the Lakeside Theatre reside, along with a display from the University’s collection of Latin American Art in the nearby Silberaad Student Centre. To find out more about other great arts activity at the University of Essex’s Colchester campus, please click on the following links:

ESCALA –  the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America

Lakeside Theatre  – showcasing contemporary British theatre

There are many of other facilities for you to enjoy while on campus, including cafes, bars and the beautiful grounds of Wivenhoe Park.