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Saturday 19 September 2015 (booking opens 24 Jul)
Saturday 24 October 2015 (booking opens 28 Aug)
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Diary of events 2015

Our events listings are updated on a daily basis. If you want to signup for our Daily Bulletin or let us know about an event please email our Communications Office.

Our venues

All of our venues have their own dedicated websites: Lakeside Theatre, Colchester Campus; Art Exchange, Colchester Campus; Clifftown Theatre and Studios, Southend Campus; East 15 Acting School, Loughton Campus


  • Artexchange - The Centre For Curatorial Studies Present : Abject Subject

    The Centre For Curatorial Studies Present : Abject Subject. This exhibition by MA students from The Centre For Curatorial Studies brings together artworks that investigate issues of representation and identity in relation to social expectations that control and repress. In doing so, the show aims to unpack the complexities of the concept of shame. The dialogue established between the works on display will open up discussion about what it is that, in our seemingly liberated culture, can become an object of shame. Until 20 June.

  • The Hexagon: Something Fierce - Vision and Reality

    "Something Fierce" emerged in Essex from 1964 – a new University determined to look to the future and break with tradition. The exhibition gives you the chance to discover the story of the foundation of the University of Essex and 50 years of student life. The exhibition celebrates the bold, 'brutalist' sixties architecture of the Colchester Campus; the unique academic vision and the vibrant community of scholars and students they created. The Hexagon is based at the heart of our Colchester Campus. The exhibition at different times during the Spring and Summer terms see the exhibition website for details.

  • Wivenhoe House: Art at the House

    Art at the House.Wivenhoe House is launching its exciting Art at the House project by hosting Gallery Argentum’s forthcoming exhibition "Elements of Nature". The powerful exhibition includes works by some of the leading UK artists living in Wivenhoe and the surrounding Essex and Suffolk countryside.


Tuesday 30 June

11.00am to 4.30pm - Department of Sociology Seminar "Reducing Recurrent Care Proceedings : Evaluating Interventions". At the Essex Business School.

Wednesday 1 July

1.00pm – JESS Seminar, Francesca Marino (University of Padova) “Living with an ill child. An investigation of potential consequences on the healthy sibling: cognitive and noncognitive development and parental inputs”. In the large seminar room (room 2N2.4.16) of the Social Science Research Centre.

Thursday 2 July

9am to 5pm - Public Launch of "The Centre For Research In Language Development Throughout The Lifespan". This exciting new Centre brings together researchers working on language development at all stages, from early development in young children, to second language learning and teaching, and language loss in attrition and dementia. Email langdevcentre@essex.ac.uk to book a place

9.30am to 5.00pm - Winsten Day 2015. Our annual Winsten Day is a free enrichment event for Year 12 pupils. It includes mathematical problem solving sessions, advice on applying to university and lectures from our academics. The day ends with the keynote Winsten lecture, delivered by a notable speaker from the world of mathematics. The lecture is open to the public and previous speakers have included Simon Singh, Professor John Barrow, Joe Twyman and Stella Dudzic.

Wednesday 8 July

10.30am to 4.30pm - "Mental Health: Working Together, Making a Difference". Inaugural joint annual research meeting of the University and The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Colchester Campus. Book a place.

7.30pm - Northanger Abbey. An open air production of the classic Jane Austen novel performed on the Wivenhoe House lawn. DOT Productions brings you this witty adaptation of ‘Northanger Abbey’ in DOT’s usual comedic style.

Tuesday 14 July 2015

10am to 4pm - Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees "Helping Refugees in our turbulent times". A one-day workshop to develop new perspectives and skills. Painful images of the plight of people fleeing their war-torn countries to safety have featured in the recent news. How to help these refugees and asylum seekers against growing anti-immigration and shrinking resources, and how to balance pressures and concerns over them, are some of the questions you will explore at this workshop. At the Resource for London, Holloway Road, London. Further information and registration details.

Tuesday 28 July to Saturday 1 August

PLAY IN A WEEK. Its back! Can you make a play in a week? If you’re aged 7-16 Lakeside Theatre wants you to come and try this Summer. Places for Play In A Week are limited to 40 maximum and we sold out quickly last year. Book early to avoid disappointment! At the Lakeside Theatre.

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