Arts and Gallery team

Our theatre, gallery and world-class art collection all encourage students and staff to get involved in the arts.

The Lakeside Theatre

The Lakeside Theatre provides:

  • opportunities to Get Involved
  • workshops with visiting artists and professionally-led playwriting classes
  • The Hook, our popular Open Mic night
  • the Student Company and the Lakeside Youth Theatre
  • a café that sells good coffee and plays host to pop-up creative events
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Lakeside Theatre
Telephone: 01206 873261

Art Exchange

Art Exchange is a gallery for international, contemporary art by established and emerging artists who reflect the cultural diversity of our campuses. Our programme of talks and events creates a platform for ideas to be exchanged and connections to be made.

We often take our lead from students’ initiatives. Art workshops, outdoor art and our annual Student Open Exhibition are just a few ways students can get involved.

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Art Exchange
Telephone: 01206 873184


The Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), which originated in the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, is a focus for international, interdisciplinary teaching and research. We teach mainly in the School of Philosophy and Art History and in the Interdisciplinary Studies Centre.

We offer students:

  • frontrunner placements
  • the arrangement of internships
  • Proficio courses on digitisation
  • the use of our specialised archive

For staff we can advise on:

  • forthcoming object-based learning sessions run in collaboration with Organisational Development
  • the use of our artworks or archival material in research and/or teaching
  • the development of exhibitions and public programmes in relation to research bids

We provide expertise on many aspects of Latin American art and can advise on the copyright, charges and use of our digital archive, internally and externally.

Working with Arts Education Outreach Officers, we offer artwork-led sessions on Latin America suitable for schools and further education.

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Telephone: 01206 874438