Brutal but Beautiful: A talk on the University of Essex


1.00 - 1.30 pm

Art Exchange

admission free

Come along to Art Exchange for a tour of our latest exhibition with curator Jess Twyman.

We will explore the bold, brutalist sixties architecture of the University of Essex’s campus and the vision of founding Vice-Chancellor Albert Sloman. While he might have provided the blueprint for the University, it was the students who made it their own. The tools for them to activate Essex were provided: progressive lecturers working at a freer, more daring and experimental university whose integrated architecture brings us together for study and socialising. With the components in place for a forward-thinking university, this sometimes disobedient university has been defined by over 50 years of students thinking critically and wanting to make a difference.

Jess will tell us about the University’s first 25 years, before turning to the co-creators of A Fire in My Head – contemporary students who have continued to shape the University by defining what matters to them in the world around them.

All welcome – no need to book.

Image: Radical Festival, 1972. Courtesy of Mike Teressas.