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See the world differently – experience the very best art and culture from around the world that inspires, empowers and opens your mind.

Enjoy our exhibitions, workshops, films and events. Relax in our colourful cafe with outdoor seating and find quirky, fun and stylish products in our shop.

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ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open Tuesday – Sunday

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Exhibitions

Free

Lucy Harwood: Bold Impressions

02 December 2023 - 14 April 2024

Immerse yourself in the life and work of local artist Lucy Harwood (1893 – 1972).
Featuring over 100 bold and beautiful paintings – including landscapes, still live and portraiture – step into a world where colour and energy collide, as Harwood’s artworks command the space, their vibrancy and confidence.

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Talks & Events

Petals and Palettes: Lucy Harwood’s Love of Nature

08 March 2024

7:00 pm

With Hugh St Clair, plus guests   Join us for an insightful panel conversation led by Hugh St Clair, the co-curator of our exhibition ‘Lucy Harwood: Bold Impressions.’ He will be joined by Cressida Ross, Lucy Harwood’s great niece,…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Capturing the Climate – Mixed Media Workshop

29 March - 07 April 2024

Multiple times available

Build your confidence in pastel and acrylic painting with local artist Claire Cansick in this workshop inspired by her current exhibition at Firstsite – You and I Are Earth, with a delicious light lunch included!

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Exhibitions

Free

Claire Cansick: You and I Are Earth

14 October 2023 - 14 April 2024

What effect do we have on the landscapes around us? You and I Are Earth charts the devastating effects of climate change and the human impact on the environment across the world.

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Talks & Events

Late Lounge @ Firstsite

05 April - 06 December 2024

Multiple times available

Join us for late cocktails and strange happenings in our late night lounge. Ambient DJ’s create a sonic backdrop to a bizarre, surreal and at times truly mystifying collection of performances.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Boozy Brushes

24 November 2023 - 21 June 2024

Multiple times available

Join Sirena Hart at Firstsite for Boozy Brushes – our New Multi-Art, Drag entertainment painting class extravaganza!

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Cinema

MET Opera Live: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

11 May 2024

5:40 pm

In her Met debut, Asmik Grigorian tackles the demanding role of Cio-Cio-San, the trusting geisha at the heart of Puccini’s tragedy.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Introduction to Collage Workshop

08 March - 24 May 2024

Multiple times available

Sociable, creative and fun Introduction to Collage Workshop where you’ll learn new techniques, unwind and have a delicious lunch together.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Life Drawing with Justine Moss – all levels

23 March - 20 July 2024

Multiple times available

Learn how to draw from the live model or practice your life drawing skills at Firstsite.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Sketch, Etch and Scones with Karen Densham

17 - 26 March 2024

Multiple times available

An accessible and fun approach to printmaking where we will be exploring low tech printing methods like dry point etching, Lino cutting, mono printing, impression printing and more.

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Exhibitions

Free

Level Best: Sunshine Coast

20 January - 10 March 2024

Journey through the Sunshine Coast with Level Best. Experience over one hundred diverse artworks created over the last decade, by artists with additional needs from the Level Best art studio.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Discovering Art with Jevan Watkins Jones

26 April - 28 June 2024

Multiple times available

Each all-day session, discover a different art medium with local artist Jevan Watkins Jones, including Watercolour, Indian Ink, Acrylic and more!

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Exhibitions

Free

Tim Noble & Sue Webster: Love and Hate at Firstsite

09 November - 31 December 2024

In this presentation, seven light sculptures by Noble & Webster illuminate areas of the Firstsite building with pops of glimmering colour.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Watercolour Saturdays with Justine Moss

23 March - 20 July 2024

Multiple times available

A monthly meet up for watercolour painters and enthusiasts – open for all levels. Explore the materials, techniques and colour theory to develop your work

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Cinema

Hit Me Anyone One More Time! (Japan Foundation Touring Film)

02 March 2024

2:00 pm

Directed by Japan’s King of Comedy, Mitani Koki, and brought to life by an all-star cast, Hit Me Anyone One More Time! is a satirical slapstick blockbuster, as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.

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Cinema

American Fiction

23 February - 17 March 2024

Multiple times available

American Fiction is Cord Jefferson’s hilarious directorial debut, which confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes.

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Cinema

All of Us Strangers

23 February - 04 April 2024

Multiple times available

Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott are neighbours falling in love despite the presence of their pasts, in this intertwined fantasy romance All of Us Strangers by Andrew Haigh.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly

31 March 2024

1:45 pm

Puccini’s devastating tragedy about a young geisha who falls in love with an American naval officer.

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Latest news

BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow is coming to Firstsite!

29 February 2024

  Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team will be back on the road this summer filming, and we are delighted that Firstsite has been selected as one of the locations for the series!

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