We’re still open! Although Essex has moved to the High Tier COVID alert level, you can still enjoy loads of fun, covid-safe things to do this autumn at Firstsite! See what’s on

Please follow government guidelines and only visit with members of your household or support bubble. Find out more about our new way of visiting.

ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm every day

We are open!

Reflect, refresh and reconnect at Firstsite.

Enjoy our brand new programme of exhibitions, films and events. Relax in our new cafe with outdoor balcony seating and find fresh and fun new products in our shop.

We are open every day, for free, for everyone. There’s no need to book, just pop in and explore!

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ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm every day

What's on

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun | Canteen | October Half Term 2020

28th - 30th October 2020

Multiple times available

Enjoy a hot and nutritious meal at the Firstsite Canteen this October Half Term, free for both children and their caregivers. As part of our Holiday Fun programme.

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Art is where the home is

Online Workshop: Painting with Simon Carter

27th - 29th October 2020

10:00 am - 11:30 am , Suitable for all abilities

Join artist Simon Carter for a three-day online drawing and painting workshop, live via Zoom from his studio.

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Exhibitions

Free

Tell me the story of all these things

24th July - 1st November 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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Cinema

Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace

5th November 2020

7:30 pm

‘Idiot Prayer’ sees Nick Cave play his songs at the piano in a rarely seen stripped back form, from early Bad Seeds, right through to his most recent album.

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Exhibitions

Free

Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies: Borders

24th July - 1st November 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

@background_bob and his amazing friends

24th October 2020 - 31st January 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Coming soon to Firstsite, an uplifting exhibition featuring artworks from artists across the world, brought together by @background_bob.

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Exhibitions

Free

Phyllida Barlow

24th July 2020 - 17th January 2021

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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Exhibitions

Free

Sonia Coode-Adams: Lockdown Garden

24th July - 22nd 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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Talks & Events

How refugees saved Colchester

19th November 2020

6:30 pm

Join historian and honorary fellow of the Department of History at The University of Essex, David Grocott, to discover the economic impact of the arrival of the Dutch, and the enduring contribution immigrants made to the town.

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Cinema

Bolshoi Ballet: Lady of Camellias

8th November 2020

2:00 pm

Choreographer John Neumeier adapts Alexandre Dumas Fils’s timeless novel for the stage with great sensitivity and depth in his work of rare beauty.

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun | Move | October Half Term 2020

28th - 30th October 2020

Multiple times available

Keep children active this October Half Term with sports activities outside. As part of our Holiday Fun programme that runs every school holiday.

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Firstsite shop

Take a look at our shop

Featuring a range of design-led and affordable products, inspired by our exhibition programme, events and community, our shop has something for everyone. All profits from your purchase raises funds to help us keep our exhibitions free and supports our community outreach activities.

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Hire Firstsite

Firstsite’s stunning architecture and versatile spaces creates a fun and inspiring venue for any event – from private parties to conferences, community meetings and presentations. Plus, by hiring our spaces you can support the local community as any profits go straight back into funding our exhibitions and outreach projects.

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Latest news

We are still open and ready to welcome you!

16th October 2020

Although Essex has moved to the High COVID alert level, you can still enjoy loads of fun, covid-safe things to do this autumn at Firstsite!

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

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