We are reopening on 17 May 2021 – from 10am – 5pm. We can’t wait to see you!

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Open 10am – 5pm from 17 May

We are reopening our building on 17 May!

In the meantime, we remain open online. Keep your brain fresh with our online activities, talks and videos.

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ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm from 17 May

What's on

Top picks

Exhibitions Coming Soon

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 Coming Soon

Free

Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex

26th June - 5th September 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

2021 is the 10th anniversary of Firstsite’s award-winning building – designed by Rafael Viñoly. To celebrate, we are continuing our year of celebration projects and commissions – which kicked off with The Great Big Art Exhibition – with a…

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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. This workshop is designed to guide you over three separate sessions. We recommend putting aside…

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Exhibitions Coming Soon

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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Exhibitions

Free

My name is not Refugee

3rd December 2020 - 6th June 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition Discover a new view of life in Britain, in an exhibition of artworks chosen by a group of refugees and asylum seekers living in Colchester. Over the past year a group…

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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

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

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