Posted: 14 December 2015 by ESCALA
Some exciting news from us including details about our new Teaching and Research Space, our new gallery space in the Silberrad Student Centre, Colchester campus, and our Arts Council Accreditation.
ESCALA Teaching and Research Space
Earlier this year we began a project to create a unique purpose-designed facility for our Collection at the University’s Colchester Campus. Our new ESCALA Teaching and Research Space, in the Constable Building next to Wivenhoe House Hotel, combines a secure, glass-fronted storage space for all of our artworks with a creative space in which students, staff, and members of the public can undertake research and learn about our artworks and our museum work.
We have already tested the space with students from Art History, Philosophy, and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities and they are very excited by the facilities, which will be open to all every Wednesday from 13 January 2016 (12 – 4pm, with 2-4 for appointments only).
Our Teaching and Research Space promotes excellence in these areas for all students, staff, and members of the public with an interest in learning about and through our broad and diverse collection of art from Latin America. To help facilitate access to the Collection for audiences of all disciplines and backgrounds, we now have a Curatorial Assistant, who is developing our programme of object-based learning, inspired by research into this area at University College London Museums &Collections.
If you'd like to view photographs of the move and new space, you can view the Flickr album here.
For details on how to access our new space, please refer to our FAQs.
ESCALA Gallery Space
In addition, students, staff and visitors can now also view a selection of artworks in the ESCALA Gallery, in the University’s celebrated new Silberrad Student Centre. The selection links to our teaching on art from Latin America in the School of Philosophy and Art History, where we also contribute to teaching and research by the Centre for Curatorial Studies, especially in the area of collection care and exhibition organisation.
Arts Council Accreditation
Finally we are pleased to announce that Arts Council England have again awarded ESCALA full accredited status. The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for UK museums, including university museums and collections. To qualify, we must meet standards on how we are managed, for the services we offer and on how we care for collection. For our accreditation return we submitted a Forward Plan for 2015-2018 which restates our mission to give unparalleled access to art from Latin America for our students, our staff and the wider community, for research, education and innovation.Our vision, as an international art collection and a unique, interdisciplinary resource, is to continue to develop and support the University’s research profile and distinctive educational offer. By connecting members of our global community with creative environments and with each other, we aim to continue to challenge and expand our understanding of the world.