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Curator, ESCALA, Art & Special Collections, University of Essex

Dr Sarah Demelo is an art historian and curator based in Essex. She is the Curator of the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), the University Art Collection, and the Library’s Special Collections at the University of Essex.  Over the past twenty years, she has worked with numerous museums and collections in the UK and Canada, organising exhibitions on Latin American art and, more recently, modern and contemporary British art. She recently curated ‘Art of Dispersion: Hudinilson Jr and León Ferrari’ at Art Exchange, which explored the Brazilian xerography movement of the early 1980s and she featured in the BBC documentary ‘Banned! The Mary Whitehouse Story’ presenting on the Special Collection of the National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association held at the University of Essex. Her most recent exhibition is 'Restless Brilliance: The Story of J.A. Baker and The Peregrine,' telling the story of Essex naturalist and writer J.A. Baker, co-curated with Chelmsford Museum.


  • –present
    Curator (Art & Special Collections), University of Essex


  • 2011 
    University of Essex, PhD