Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA)
Working closely with our Centre for Curatorial Studies, students have access to the collection and its staff through teaching and research-based activities, and have the opportunity to work with ESCALA as a Frontrunner and to contribute to its online catalogue. They also have the chance to be involved in researching and proposing acquisitions for ESCALA through an innovative module taught by ESCALA staff.
The collection was founded in 1993 by Professor Dawn Ades CBE, and Professor Valerie Fraser, and is run by two of our alumni, Director Dr Joanne Harwood and Assistant Director Sebastián Bustamante-Brauning.
ESCALA organises research-focused exhibitions in its teaching and research space, in addition to a permanent display of artworks in the ESCALA Gallery in the Silberrad Student Centre, and a selection of outdoor sculptures in the grounds of Wivenhoe Park.
ESCALA organises and co-hosts talks and seminars with partners at the University, including the School of Philosophy and Art History, the Human Rights Centre and the Essex Transitional Justice Network. Recent events include Footprints of Memory. Linked to staff and student research, the collection also commissions artists’ performances, with previously invited artists including Felipe Ehrenberg, Regina José Galindo, and Cecilia Vicuña.