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Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel

Banksy Walled Off Hotel

Our Centre for Curatorial Studies Co-Director, Dr Gavin Grindon has helped Banksy curate a Museum of Colonialism at the heart of The Walled Off Hotel which the artist has opened in Bethlehem.

We are internationally recognised for teaching and research in art history and curating, from the Renaissance and 18th-19th century art to modern and contemporary art. Our courses allow you to study your passion firsthand while developing professional skills and experience for a wide range of careers.

Our Centre for Curatorial Studies offers courses in curating theory and practice for undergraduates and postgraduates. We have an on-campus gallery Art Exchange and our Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) has a state-of-the-art teaching and research space for our students' use.

Why art history at Essex?

Banksy’s Dismaland

Banksy dismaland

Read about our Centre for Curatorial Studies Co-Director Dr Gavin Grindon curating the Museum of Cruel Designs as part of artist Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition project at Weston-super-Mare.

Curatorial Studies

Centre for Curatorial Studies

Our Centre for Curatorial Studies is a research and teaching unit based in our School that focuses on contemporary curatorial theory and practice and contemporary museology.

BA Curatorial Studies

Two men carrying a painting

Our new BA Curatorial Studies degree provides you with the expert knowledge and practical skills for pursuing careers in curating, gallery management and museums and combines class-based learning with hands-on experience.