The Essex Collection of Art from Latin America is the museum of the University of Essex. We are primarily a teaching and research resource for staff and students and a means for the University to exchange art, knowledge, and expertise globally.

The Collection is based at the University’s Colchester Campus and has more than 750 artworks in a broad range of media dating largely from 1960s to the present. The Collection has a purpose-designed Teaching and Research space and artworks on public display in the ESCALA Gallery in the Silberrad Student Centre as well as an online catalogue, a Documentation Centre and library of approximately 4,500 archival items and the Albert Sloman Library holds the national collection of 10,000 Latin American art books. Together these combined resources make the University of Essex the most complete resource for art from Latin America in the UK.

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History of ESCALA

ESCALA was founded in 1993 from research and teaching of art from Latin America at the University of Essex, by staff and students in the School of Philosophy and Art History (SPAH).

The School’s pioneering work in this field itself developed from the University’s founding focus on Latin American Studies, leading in 1968 to the founding of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the BA Latin American Studies.

SPAH continues to be a focus for postgraduate students of art from Latin America (both Masters’ and Doctoral students) who benefit from the concentration of unique national resources in this field at the University’s Colchester Campus, the large number of Latin Americanists on Campus and ESCALA which is itself engaged in interdisciplinary research.

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