SPAH Seminar Series: Sarah Demelo

H.S. (Jim) Ede and the founding of the University of Essex Art Collections

The Philosophy and Art History Research Seminar meets weekly in term on Thursday afternoons to discuss a paper by a visiting philosopher, art historian, or a member of our academic staff.

This week's speaker is Sarah Demelo, a curator at ESCALA here at Essex.

 In April 1964, months before the first students arrived, H.S. (Jim) Ede donated 22 artworks to the University of Essex. 

Paintings by Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, and other British modernists alongside archival material between Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and writer Sophie Brzeska, formed a new art collection for a new university.

Ede’s gift was the first of many donations to Essex and from it grew an over 50 year history of collecting artworks, as reflected in the University of Essex Art Collection and, later, with the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America.

This talk will talk place in the Special Collections Reading Room, Albert Sloman Library where some of the artworks and archival material will be on display.

The seminar will be followed by informal drinks at Top Bar and a meal.

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