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Exhibitions

Free

Mark Titchner: Some questions about Colchester

13th March 2020 - 1st March 2021

Artist Mark Titchner has produced a new series of public artworks across Colchester, entitled ‘Some questions about Colchester’, which are placed in the windows of vacant shop units around the town centre. This follows on from Mark‘s exhibition at…

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Exhibitions

Free

Tell me the story of all these things

28th March - 6th September 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

During our temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be sharing our exhibitions such as this one online. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to discover featured artworks, see behind the scenes, listen to audio descriptions…

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Exhibitions

Free

Unboxing Alex Frost

8th February - 19th July 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Unboxing Alex Frost is an exhibition of videos and sculptures made from products that feed our ‘on-the-go’ lifestyle, like frozen pizzas and supermarket sandwiches.

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Exhibitions

Free

Afro Futures_UK: Unravelling New Futures

25th January - 6th September 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

During our temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be sharing our exhibitions such as this one online. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to discover featured artworks, see behind the scenes, listen to audio descriptions…

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Exhibitions

Free

Kevin Howbrook: Colour Coded

25th January - 6th September 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

During our temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be sharing our exhibitions such as this one online. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to discover featured artworks, see behind the scenes, listen to audio descriptions…

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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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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

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Notice

18th March 2020

  Updated 24 June 2020 We welcome the announcement from the Prime Minister to allow the safe reopening of galleries to the public this summer– we have been working on plans based on feedback gathered from our audiences, and…

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COVID-19 | Tell us your story

30th June 2020

Have you been working as frontline staff within the NHS Integrated Care System during the pandemic? How has it affected you? 

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