Students Staff

15 August 2012

Build a giant 3D cocoon at ESCALA family workshop

Visitors to firstsite in Colchester on Saturday 18 August will be encouraged to build giant 3D cocoons at the latest family workshop organised by the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America.

The workshop is inspired by the work of Brazilian artist Siron Franco as his work is currently on show in the University Space at firstsite. The drop-in sessions are free and will run from 11am to 5pm.

One of the main works in the exhibition is Siron Franco: Suspicious Story is a piece titled Cásulo (Cocoon) and this has provided the theme for the workshops.

The family events organised by ESCALA are proving very popular and are open to all. The last event saw

Education Outreach Officer Kate Beckwith said: “Our last workshop was a really great day with almost 90 people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities engaged in different painting activities. We hope this weekend’s event will be as successful.”

Siron Franco is one of Brazil’s foremost artists and the ESCALA exhibition showcases his work. His work has an important place in ESCALA’s history. Memória (Memory), which is also included in the exhibition, was the Collection’s first acquisition and was donated by Essex graduate Charles Cosac in 1993. ESCALA now contains over 750 artworks and includes one of the largest public collections of Franco’s work in Europe.


High-resolution pictures of the last family workshop are available on request.
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