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Mark Titchner: Some questions about Colchester

13th March 2020 - 1st March 2021

Artist Mark Titchner is producing a new series of public artworks across Colchester, entitled Some questions about Colchester which will be placed in the windows of vacant shop units around the town centre. This follows on from Mark‘s recent…

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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Notice

18th March 2020

Updated 23 April 2020 Dear friends of Firstsite Following careful consideration of recent developments of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to temporarily close Firstsite to members of the public from Thursday 18 March until further notice. We…

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Painting by numbers: Interview with artist Kevin Howbrook

16th April 2020

By volunteer blogger Jasmine Crellin What do the Bible and Star Wars have in common? They’re both two of the most widely-read English texts, and now they’ve both been translated into striking walls of coloured squares for Kevin Howbrook’s…

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