Spring Exhibitions | Opening Celebration


Join us on Friday 16 March 6 – 9pm to celebrate the opening of three brand new exhibitions for Spring 2018.

FREE fish & chips and locally brewed beer from Mersea Island Brewery. First come, first served. Limited amount so make sure you get here in good time!

The evening will feature a performance by year 11 art students from Gilberd School, Colchester, entitled “Dear Mrs May…” – a staged demonstration where pupils will express thoughts and feelings about national and personal identity. Words and phrases have been extracted from students’ writing exercises as part of a collaboration with artists “The Alternative School of Economics”.

Plus – Snape Maltings, Suffolk will be performing pieces from their ‘Singing Prison’ project – with music written by participants at HM Prison Warren Hill.

Chip Night

An exhibition of artwork, music and writing from people in prisons, secure hospitals and on community sentences in the East of England, curated by Firstsite’s Young Art Kommunity. The exhibition is drawn from works submitted to the 2017 Koestler Awards – an annual awards programme set up to help offenders, secure patients and detainees lead more positive lives by motivating them to participate and achieve in the arts.

Continues until Sun 3 June 2018
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The Britishness Project

Artists and Colchester and Ipswich Museums worked with seven schools across Colchester and Essex to explore our understanding of what Britishness means today. The results include collage, stop motion animation, sculpture, photography, and a nail bar! Engaging with ideas of identity, landscape, sub-culture, democracy and politics.

Continues until Sun 17 June 2018
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BRONZE AGE c. 3500 BC – AD 2018

An iteration of Hauser & Wirth’s satirical museological presentation at Frieze London 2017. The show is a recreation of a fictional Bronze Age presentation from a forgotten museum, and has been curated specifically for Colchester – the earliest recorded Roman town in Great Britain. Conceived and originated by Dr. Neil Wenman in collaboration with Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, the exhibition focuses solely on works made of bronze or from the Bronze Age period. These include artefacts on loan from regional museums and private collections nationwide, sculptures by artists including modern masters Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore, and Fausto Melotti, along with Phyllida Barlow’s bronze cast paint sticks, Subodh Gupta’s bronze Mona Lisa, a cast bronze fist by Martin Creed, and Mark Wallinger’s spectacles.

Continues until Sun 28 Oct 2018
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