Students Staff

29 November 2013

Volunteers need for powerful human rights recital

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Students and staff wanting to mark international Human Rights Day on 10 December can take part in a powerful recital of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) at our Colchester Campus.

Co-ordinated by Jess Kenny of Art Exchange, the recital will take place between 1pm and 2pm on the steps between Squares 3 and 4 where the Human Rights Society will have written out the articles of the Declaration that morning.

Anyone wanting to volunteer to take part in the recital will be asked to memorise an article from the declaration and then recite it in the language of their choice as part of the Act of Memory.

Jess explained the importance of the event: “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights may be more than 60 years old but it remains very relevant. However, it is our collective responsibility to keep the traditions of the Declaration alive, and by reciting the articles outside and in public view we hope to create a powerful recital that really resonates with the University community.”

Anyone wanting to take part can register their interest either by attending a meeting at 1pm-1.30pm in Art Exchange on 4 December, or by emailing Jess.

Jess added: “It is important to remember that recitations don’t have to be perfect. Mistakes and faltering under the pressure of the moment are part of the experience and actually help embody the frailty of human agency in relation to justice.”

Those taking part will be able to choose the article or articles they recite. Copies of the UDHR in more than 370 languages can be found on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights website.


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24 September 2013

Tate loans work for new show at Art Exchange

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Image from Francis Alÿs: Seven Walks

Francis Alÿs: Seven Walks opens on September 30 at Art Exchange

The new show at Art Exchange, the University’s gallery at our Colchester Campus, offers a unique perspective on London.

Francis Alÿs: Seven Walks was developed by the artist over several years as he walked the streets of London, evolving an ambitious project that delves into the everyday rituals and habits of the metropolis. It was originally commissioned by Artangel in 2004-5 and is on loan from Tate.

Observing and intervening in the huge open-air studio, Alÿs maps the city through his walks. These are enacted in different parts of the city – Hyde Park, the City of London, the National Portrait Gallery and the streets near to Regents Park. The protagonists for the walks range from a solitary urban fox to a contingent of Coldstream Guards.

Francis Alÿs’s ideas can often be reduced to a set of simple instructions – but the work can be as monumental as moving a sand dune (a project he undertook with a thousand people in Lima), or as ephemeral as pushing a block of ice around Mexico City until it melts. With Seven Walks, we can track a fox on surveillance cameras as it moves around the National Portrait Gallery, hear the sound of railings being drummed, watch a regiment of Coldstream Guards find each other in the City’s square mile, or go for walk for as long as it takes for a pebble to enter your shoe.

A series of talks, tours and film showings have been organised to coincide with the exhibition.

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19 July 2013

Gowns, galleries and graduation

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A graduation-themed art event at the Colchester Campus’ Art Exchange gallery, has been proving popular with children dropping in to take part in a variety of activities.

Mini Graduation participants

Mini Graduation participants

To celebrate the University’s Graduation 2013, the Outreach team offered a mini graduation Family Arts Workshop. Youngsters who came along got the chance to try academic gowns on for size, make badges, take part in a sculpture trail and collect mini graduation certificates.

There was also a photography activity and lots of art materials on hand allowing those that came along to get creative.

As well as taking part in the fun art activities, children were also able to have a look at the current exhibition in Art Exchange, Realism in Rawiya which celebrates the work of female photographers from the middle east.

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