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

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ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open Tuesday – Sunday

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Exhibitions

Free

David Lock: In-between Us

23 March - 23 June 2024

Experience an exciting blend of existing work and never-before-seen paintings form London-based artist David Lock in his first solo public exhibition that delves into the portrayal and consumeristic reproduction of the male form, from antiquity to the present day.

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Cinema

Stephen + Q&A with Director Melanie Manchot

23 May 2024

7:30 pm

‘Stephen’ is a startling record of the lives of people who deal with addictions and a reminder of how dextrous this documentary form can be. 

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Exhibitions

Free

Concrete Dreams: Just Can’t Get Enough

20 April - 10 November 2024

Presented 75 years after Basildon in Essex was designated a New Town, ‘Concrete Dreams: Just Can’t Get Enough’ reflects on the influence of the Britain’s post-war new town movement on cultural identity, and the impact of policy decisions on individual lives.

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Talks & Events

Late Lounge @ Firstsite

07 June - 06 December 2024

Multiple times available

Join us for late cocktails and strange happenings in our late night lounge. Ambient DJ’s create a sonic backdrop to a bizarre, surreal and at times truly mystifying collection of performances.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Discovering Art with Jevan Watkins Jones

25 May - 28 June 2024

Multiple times available

Each all-day session, discover a different art medium with local artist Jevan Watkins Jones, including Watercolour, Indian Ink, Acrylic and more!

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Life Drawing with Justine Moss – all levels

30 May - 20 July 2024

Multiple times available

Learn how to draw from the live model or practice your life drawing skills at Firstsite.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Boozy Brushes

21 June 2024

Multiple times available

Join Sirena Hart for Boozy Brushes at Firstsite – our New Multi-Art, Drag entertainment painting class extravaganza!

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Cinema

42nd Street – The Musical

19 May 2024

Multiple times available

Telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway, this is the largest ever staging of the Tony Award-winning musical.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Watercolour Saturdays with Justine Moss

08 June - 20 July 2024

Multiple times available

A monthly meet up for watercolour painters and enthusiasts – open for all levels. Explore the materials, techniques and colour theory to develop your work

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Introduction to Collage Workshop

24 May 2024

Multiple times available

Sociable, creative and fun Introduction to Collage Workshop where you’ll learn new techniques, unwind and have a delicious lunch together.

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: Nye

28 June 2024

Multiple times available

Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state and created the NHS.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Printmaking by Hand

26 May - 17 September 2024

Multiple times available

Explore low tech printing methods like dry point etching, Lino cutting, mono printing, impression printing and more.

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Cinema

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry

25 - 30 May 2024

Multiple times available

Etero, a 48-year-old woman living in a small village in Georgia cherishes her freedom as much as her cakes in Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry.

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Cinema

Kung Fu Panda 4

24 - 29 May 2024

Multiple times available

Comedy icon Jack Black returns to his role as Po, the world’s most unlikely kung fu master in Kung Fu Panda 4!

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Cinema

The Trouble with Jessica (Captioned)

25 May 2024

4:00 pm

Nearing financial ruin, Sarah and Tom find a buyer for their home, but after a friend’s visit, death ensues in The Trouble with Jessica.

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Cinema

X Trillion + Q&A

24 May 2024

7:30 pm

X Trillion is a feature documentary following the first ever all-women expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific!

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Cinema

Beyond the Raging Sea

26 May 2024

11:00 am

Two athletes go Beyond The Raging Sea and accept the Atlantic Ocean crossing by rowboat with no assistance, and no stopping challenge.

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Cinema

Blur: To The End

19 - 20 July 2024

Multiple times available

Blur: To The End depicts the extraordinary and emotional journey of Blur, captured during the year in which they made a surprise return.

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Talks & Events

Dream & Memory: Poetry Readings By Imogen Wade

27 July 2024

8:00 pm

Join us for an enchanting and insightful evening of poetry with Imogen Wade, the winner of the National Poetry Competition.

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Cinema

Kidnapped

21 - 23 May 2024

Multiple times available

Kidnapped follows the true story of how a six-year-old Jewish boy, Edgardo Mortara, was forcibly taken by the Catholic Church.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Nature drawing workshop with Lisa Temple-Cox

29 June 2024 - 23 March 2025

Multiple times available

Explore observational drawing and discover your favourite medium with this nature drawing workshop.

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Cinema

The Fall Guy (Captioned)

01 June 2024

4:30 pm

He’s The Fall Guy, and like everyone in the stunt community, he gets blown up and shot. Now he has to solve a conspiracy!

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Drag Life Drawing with Sirena Hart

01 June 2024

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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Double the difference: Help families enjoy free creative, connected and carefree days out

8 March 2024

  We are delighted to be part of this year’s Big Give Arts For Impact campaign. This unique opportunity means any donations made to our Holiday Fun programme between 19-26 March – will be DOUBLED! Doubling your donation, means…

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