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Exhibitions

Free

Afro Futures_UK: Unravelling New Futures

Saturday 25 January - Sunday 27 September 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

An exhibition of digital and multimedia art, ‘Unravelling New Futures’ explores how the intersection of the black experience, technology and historical narratives can inspire new ways of thinking critically about the future. Through video, performance and sculpture, this exhibition…

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Exhibitions

Free

Mark Titchner: Some questions about Colchester

Friday 13 March 2020 - Monday 1 March 2021

Artist Mark Titchner has produced a new series of public artworks across Colchester, entitled ‘Some questions about Colchester’, which are placed in the windows of vacant shop units around the town centre. This follows on from Mark‘s exhibition at…

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Exhibitions

Free

Tell me the story of all these things

Friday 24 July - Sunday 11 October 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Firstsite and the Arts Council Collection present ‘Tell me the story of all these things’, featuring artworks made by some of Britain’s best-known artists, including Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Cornelia Parker and Gillian Wearing – each selected by radical…

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Exhibitions

Free

Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies: Borders

Friday 24 July - Sunday 11 October 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies explore their mutual border, the River Stour, in an exhibition that celebrates the thriving creativity of the region, the joy of making and the enjoyment and well-being gained through experiencing art.

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Exhibitions

Free

Sonia Coode-Adams: Lockdown Garden

Friday 24 July - Sunday 1 November 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

‘Lockdown Garden’ features tranquil watercolour landscapes of the garden at Feeringbury Manor, created by the artist during the imposed lockdown.

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Exhibitions

Free

Phyllida Barlow

Friday 24 July - Sunday 11 October 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This presentation of Phyllida Barlow’s sculptures in our Welcome Area leads our reopening following the imposed lockdown due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cinema

Hope Gap

Monday 21 September 2020

7:00 pm

More times available

An intimate, intense and loving story that charts the life of Grace (Annette Bening), who learns her husband (Bill Nighy) is leaving her.

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Cinema

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is

Wednesday 23 September 2020

7:30 pm

To celebrate 85 years of Elvis Presley and 50 years since the film’s original 1970 release, the King returns to cinemas.

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Cinema

Socrates

Thursday 24 September 2020

7:00 pm

With the sudden death of his mother, Socrates has had to fend for himself, trying desperately to earn the rent and remain out of the clutches of social services and his estranged father.

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Cinema

Les Misérables

Friday 25 September 2020

7:00 pm

More times available

Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, director Ladj Ly’s Oscar-nominated Les Misérables is a hugely topical provocative insight into the tensions between neighbourhood residents and police.

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Cinema

La Haine (4k restoration)

Saturday 26 September 2020

12:30 pm

Based on real events, La Haine focuses on three friends over the course of one day in the housing projects of suburban Paris in the aftermath of a riot.

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Cinema

André Rieu’s Magical Maastricht 2020: Together in Music

Saturday 26 September 2020

3:30 pm

Get ready for a magnificent open-air concert featuring popular classics, show-tunes and of course, waltzes that carry you away.

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Cinema

The Painted Bird

Sunday 27 September 2020

3:00 pm

Shot in stark black and white, ‘The Painted Bird’ is an immersive and unflinching portrait of the depths humanity can reach in its worst moments of desperation.

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Cinema

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

Monday 28 September 2020

7:00 pm

More times available

One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement.

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Cinema

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes

Wednesday 30 September 2020

7:30 pm

More times available

Matthew Bourne’s ‘The Red Shoes’ comes to cinemas for the first time. Winner of two Olivier Awards, it is a tale of obsession and possession.

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Talks & Events

How refugees saved Colchester

Thursday 19 November 2020

6:30 pm

In the sixteenth century, large numbers of skilled craftspeople from lowland Europe made their way to Essex. As religious refugees, they sought peace – and the opportunity to ply their trades. Join historian and honorary fellow of the Department…

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Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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