Amanda Ansell’s painting ‘Graze’, oil on canvas, 45 x 60cm is one of 110 artworks to have been donated to the University of Essex, for a ten-year period.
The collection of 20th and 21st Century art is the initiative of Robert Priseman and Ally Seabrook who have been collecting for many years. The respected collection includes works by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Tracey Emin and David Hockney and incorporates the Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting, the only art collection dedicated to British painting after 2000. The selection of art will be held in the Special Collections at the University’s Albert Sloman Library.
The works have been loaned with the purpose of enriching the artistic experience of the University community: offering opportunities for curatorial students to manage, handle, curate and loan works of art, whilst studying at the University of Essex. Sarah Demelo, Curator of the University Art Collections, explains: “The extraordinary generosity of this loan of artworks will allow us to enrich and expand upon the artistic experience here at Essex. This new Collection will play a pivotal role in re-invigorating our current holdings of British art, which was founded back in 1964 through a donation by HS (Jim) Ede, the founder of Kettle’s Yard. Much like Ede’s original gift, these artworks help build the breadth of our Collection for the enjoyment of our Essex community.”