We are now open daily 10am – 5pm, with Cinema screenings and events into the evenings. No need to book before you visit – just pop in! Discover what’s on

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ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm everyday

We are open!

Enjoy our exhibitions, films and events, relax in our newly refurbished cafe with outdoor balcony seating and find quirky and original products in our shop.

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

Discover What's on

 

ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm everyday

What's on

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Exhibitions

Free

Art for Life: An exhibition made with key workers

17th May - 5th September 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Discover different perspectives of the pandemic and reflect on your own in this poignant exhibition. Feel connected through art, creativity and shared experiences.

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Exhibitions

Free

The Great Big Art Exhibition

17th May - 5th September 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Great Big Art Exhibition is a celebration of creativity across the UK. This gallery exhibition features thousands of artworks shared with Firstsite over social media.

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Cinema

Earwig And The Witch

29th May - 26th June 2021

Multiple times available

Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. 

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Talks & Events

Free

‘Art for Life’ Art Psychotherapy Workshop | Drop in

19th June - 14th August 2021

Multiple times available

Take part in an expressive and collaborative experience, reflecting on the COVID pandemic and beginning to emerge back in to the world.

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Exhibitions Coming Soon

Free

Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex

26th June - 5th September 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

‘Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex’ invites you to explore, celebrate and question the recent history of Essex and its contemporary portrayal in popular culture.

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Cinema

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (Captioned)

20th - 27th June 2021

Multiple times available

Peter Rabbit the lovable rogue is back! Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation.

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Talks & Events

Margaret Thatcher: The Colchester Years

1st July 2021

6:30 pm

Join historian and honorary fellow of the Department of History at The University of Essex, as he uncovers the early life of Colchester’s controversial former resident.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Video Recording: Simon Carter Online Workshop

20th December 2020 - 20th December 2021

12:00 pm ,

Draw and paint along with artist Simon Carter as he demonstrates his own methods of working, using the view from your window as inspiration.

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Cinema

Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry

12th - 17th June 2021

Multiple times available

“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer- songwriter and her rise to global superstardom.

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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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Cinema at Firstsite

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

Press release: New Exhibition

20th April 2021

Art for Life: An exhibition made with keyworkers An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition 17 May – 5 September 2021  

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Social posts

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

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