ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm everyday

Welcome to Firstsite!

Firstsite is Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021.

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

See What's on

ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm everyday

What's on

Top picks

Exhibitions

Free

Denis Wirth-Miller: Landscapes and Beasts

1 October 2022 - 22 January 2023

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This exhibition, the largest retrospective of Denis’s work to date, seeks to showcase the breadth of his paintings, and highlighting the influence he had on Francis Bacon and vice versa.

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Late-Night Firstsite

Drag Queen Life Drawing with Sirena Hart

26 November 2022 - 25 March 2023

Multiple times available

A one-of-a-kind life drawing class, where your tutor and model will offer multiple poses in fantastical settings.

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Exhibitions

Free

Mehdi Jalalaghdamian: Art In Exile

3 September 2022 - 3 September 2023

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Master rug-maker, Mehdi Jalalghdamian, draws attention to the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers worldwide through the traditional craft of Persian rug making

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Exhibitions

Free

Reena Saini Kallat: Leaking Lines

15 October 2022 - 16 April 2023

Reena Saini Kallat explores the violence and fragility of national borders by juxtaposing the outlines of boundary lines from across the world with images of the landscapes which they divide.

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Cinema

The Banshees Of Inisherin

25 November - 27 December 2022

Multiple times available

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN follows lifelong friends Padraic and Colm, who find themselves at an impasse.

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Talks & Events

EA Sustain – Day 1

14 January 2023

Multiple times available

EA Sustain is a new festival about Environment, Culture and Entrepreneurship that seeks to build capacity and knowledge about sustainability by presenting top leaders and thinkers in environmentalism, sustainable entrepreneurship and Art x Environment. Day 1 will focus on Food, Transport, Agriculture, Art, Nature and Fashion

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Late-Night Firstsite

Boozy Brushes

25 November 2022 - 16 March 2023

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

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story

27 November - 10 December 2022

Multiple times available

Filmed live for cinemas during the 2021 stage run at London’s sumptuous Alexandra Palace Theatre and filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects, prepare to be frightened and delighted in equal measure as you enter the supernatural Victorian world of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story on the big screen.

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Cinema

Aftersun (Parent & Baby)

14 December 2022

11:30 am

At a fading vacation resort in the late 1990s, 11-year-old Sophie treasures rare time together with her loving and idealistic father, Calum

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Cinema

2001: A Space Odyssey

5 December 2022

7:00 pm

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L.

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Cinema

Moonage Daydream

25 November - 28 December 2022

Multiple times available

MOONAGE DAYDREAM is an immersive cinematic experience; an audio-visual space odyssey that not only illuminates the enigmatic legacy of David Bowie.

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Cinema

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

16 December 2022 - 4 January 2023

Multiple times available

A brand-new take on the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical tells the story of an extraordinary girl, with a vivid imagination.

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: The Crucible

26 - 29 January 2023

Multiple times available

A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma). Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words…

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Talks & Events

Hellish Nell: Spiritualism and Psychical Research in Interwar Britain (in building event)

2 February 2023

7:00 pm

Join Malcolm Gaskill – Emeritus Professor of Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia and one of Britain’s leading experts and authors on the history of witchcraft for live audience talks at Firstsite. 

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Cinema

Exposing Muybridge

8 January 2023

2:00 pm

Exposing Muybridge tells the story of trailblazing 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who changed the world with his camera.

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Cinema

CBeebies Panto: Dick Whittington and His Cat (Relaxed)

4 - 10 December 2022

Multiple times available

CBeebies is once again taking to the stage for Christmas 2022, with a unique adaptation of Dick Whittington and His Cat.

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Cinema

Armageddon Time

9 - 15 December 2022

Multiple times available

From acclaimed filmmaker James Gray, ARMAGEDDON TIME is a deeply personal story on the strength of family and the complexity of friendship.

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Cinema

Aftersun

13 - 20 December 2022

Multiple times available

At a fading vacation resort in the late 1990s, 11-year-old Sophie treasures rare time together with her loving and idealistic father, Calum.

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Cinema

Exhibition On Screen: Vincent Van Gogh – A new way of seeing

18 December 2022

2:00 pm

This exhibition film showcases interviews by the curatorial team at Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Denis Wirth-Miller and Francis Bacon works were informed by Van Gogh landscapes.

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Cinema

Living

2 December 2022 - 5 January 2023

Multiple times available

Set in 1952 London, the film will follow Williams, a veteran civil servant, who has become a small cog in the bureaucracy of rebuilding post-WWII England.

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Cinema

Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris

27 - 29 December 2022

Multiple times available

A new adaptation of Paul Gallico’s much-loved novel about a cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls in love with an haute couture dress by Christian Dior.

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Cinema

Strange World (Relaxed)

17 December 2022

11:00 am

“Strange World” journeys deep into an uncharted and treacherous land where fantastical creatures await the legendary Clades, a family of explorers.

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Cinema

She Said (Captioned)

5 January 2023

4:00 pm

New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, broke one of the most important stories in a generation— a story that helped ignite a movement.

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (Live)

8 December 2022

7:15 pm

Peter Wright’s much-loved production for The Royal Ballet, with gorgeous period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, keeps true to the spirit of this festive ballet classic, combining the thrill of the fairy tale with spectacular classical dancing

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Take a look at our online shop

Featuring a range of design-led products and books 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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Christmas at Firstsite

Christmas Parties

Celebrate Christmas with a fun and festive night at Firstsite!

With its dramatic frontage and beautiful gallery spaces, Firstsite provides an unforgettable setting for your party

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Latest news

Firstsite Collectors’ Group Bursary Awards 2022

14 November 2022

The Firstsite Collectors’ Group Bursary Awards scheme aims to support artists working in Essex and Suffolk with their professional career development. These annual awards are made possible through the Collectors’ Group continuing engagement and interest in contemporary visual art in the region. 

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Arts Council Collection and YAK

17 November 2022

Artist Sheryl Jenkins worked with Firstsite’s YAK (Young Art Kommunity) to create and animated film in Spring 2022. Watch it here

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

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