Arts at Essex
“It's fantastic to work at a university with three theatres. It shows how
seriously we take the arts. The University and its donors have been incredibly generous, helping us to significantly enrich
Barbara Peirson, Artistic Director, Lakeside Theatre
A unique offering
At Essex we take the arts seriously.
- We're the only UK university to have a theatre on each of our campuses.
- We own the only art collection in Europe dedicated to modern and contemporary
art from Latin America – ESCALA.
- Our acclaimed gallery Art Exchange
shows international, contemporary art by established and emergent artists.
- We recently created a pop-up gallery in the Hexagon for Something
Fierce, our 50th anniversary exhibition.
Built on philanthropy
Since re-opening in 2008, our Lakeside Theatre
has gone from strength to strength. The Lakeside offers everything from cutting-edge theatre to
open mic nights, nurturing fresh talent and attracting new audiences in Colchester and further afield.
refurbishment was made possible by the support of our alumni,
staff and charitable foundations including the Garfield Weston and Foyle Foundations.
Making a difference
Today, thousands of students, researchers, and members of the public experience art
at Essex. Our alumni have had a huge impact on the arts, such as David Yates, director
of the final four Harry Potter films and BAFTA award winning documentary maker Nick
With your help, we can continue to nurture the next generation of artistic talent
and offer a high-quality artistic experience for our community. Want to know more?
Get in touch.