Launch Party


6:00 - 8:00 pm

Art Exchange

admission free

Join us for the launch party of A University Art Collection in the Making, when we will be celebrating the extraordinary origins of the University of Essex’s Art Collection.

Artworks arrived at the University of Essex even before we opened our doors to students in 1964. Founding Vice Chancellor Albert Sloman believed that the Arts played an essential role in the formative education of students – and therefore art should be as accessible as possible for everyone here at Essex.

Curated Dr Sarah Demelo and Gisselle Giron, this exhibition brings together amazing artworks and archive material never seen together before, including paintings by Alfred Wallis and Christopher Wood, drawings by Ben Nicholson and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, woodcuts by Taller de Gráfica Popular, etchings by Francisco Goya – and the original correspondence setting up the collection.

All Welcome


Image: Christopher Wood, Les Trois Marins (detail), c1928-30. Pastel on paper. Donated by H.S. (Jim) Ede. University of Essex Art Collection.