> Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded Roman town, a town that exudes history, culture and creativity. This thriving university town has a population of 160,000 and demonstrates a dynamic and exciting urban lifestyle.

Colchester offers a diverse range of modern and historic cultural activities to take part in, from the Colchester Arts Centre. To the wonders of the Norman castle set in the beautiful Castle Park.

An exciting programme of exhibitions, lectures, films and events takes place at Firstsite, Colchester’s spectacular venue for world class contemporary arts. The continually expanding town is home to a fantastic range of visual art organisations, with further investment in Colchester evident through the number of new creative projects  being realised. All this has helped to create a dynamic local art scene.

The Mercury Theatre is a nationally recognised venue, with quality performances staged during the year. During 2017, independent  art house cinema Curzon built its first cinema located outside of London, in the Cultural Quarter  on Queen Street in Colchester.

Colchester offers an abundance of shopping facilities from independent and vintage boutiques along the historic lanes to the familiar retailers of the High Street. The town provides a broad range of options for your interests and styles when it comes to its abundant cafe culture and eateries. Colchester has a vibrant night life, with a mixture of traditional pubs and contemporary clubs and bars.



ACE funded contemporary gallery

The Minories

Nationally renowned

Artist exhibition programme. 


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University Centre Colchester School of Art is well connected. We are a 10 minute walk from Colchester North Rail Station where there is a frequent service to London, average journey time is 50 minutes. We are 30 miles from Stansted Airport and 20 miles from Harwich International Port. The beautiful sea shores of the award winning Frinton-on-Sea coastline are only a 30 minute drive, along with Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze.

The School of Art & the BA in Fine Art have strong ties with a number of the following institutions and organisations.

>. The Minories | Colchester Institute gallery with student workshops, exhibitions and events.

>. Firstsite | Student residencies, exhibitions & tours.

>. 37 Queen Street |  First SPACE studios outside of London in Colchester and includes BA Fine Art Alumni studio holders.

>. MOTHER Studios | Partner to MOTHER Hackney and includes BA Fine Art Alumni studio holders.

>. ArtEXCHANGE | International contemporary art gallery at University of Essex and has selected BA Fine Art Students in its exhibition programme.

>. Art4U | Artist-led digital art platform set up by BA Fine Art Alumni.

>. Cuckoo Farm Studios |  Artist-led studios & project space The Benham Gallery, with BA Fine Art Alumni studio holders.

>. Colchester Art Society | BA Fine Art Alumni society members & previous group show collaborations.

>. 15 Queen Street | Artist-led studios & event space.

Visual Arts Colchester
Oldest Recorded


Colchester Castle & Park

Victorian park & Norman castle. 

The Dutch Quarter

16th Century  architecture


All images courtesy of the artists. UGO 0.2 Project Space | ELBLOK Publications. 

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