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ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm everyday

Welcome to Firstsite

Firstsite is the winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021! 

Visit us this Autumn – enjoy our exhibitions, films and events, relax in our newly refurbished cafe with outdoor seating and find quirky and stylish products in our shop.

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ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm everyday

What's on

Top picks

Exhibitions

Free

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021

25th September - 28th November 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Firstsite is delighted be working in partnership with New Contemporaries to be the first gallery to exhibit Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021, as part of the celebrations for our building’s 10th anniversary year.

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Exhibitions

Free

@background_bob and his amazing friends – guess who’s back!

18th September 2021 - 9th January 2022

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Young Essex artist Background Bob returns with a brand-new exhibition, showcasing over 200 stunning artworks by leading international street and graffiti artists, tattooists, sculptors and fine artists.

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Cinema

Tubby Hayes: A Man in a Hurry + Q&A

23rd October 2021

7:00 pm

This documentary film ‘Tubby Hayes – A Man in a Hurry’, is narrated by actor Martin Freeman, and charts the life and times of perhaps Britain’s greatest jazz exponent.

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Cinema

The V&A presents Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

14th - 17th October 2021

Multiple times available

A special cinema event that brings to life the magical world of a landmark exhibition that charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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Cinema

Cliff Richard Live – The Great 80 Tour (Live)

27th October 2021

7:20 pm

Featuring a selection of his greatest hits, this will be Cliff Richard’s most exciting tour yet. His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.

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Cinema

Souad

29th September 2021

7:30 pm

In a small city on the Nile Delta, 19 year old Souad (Bassant Ahmed) leads a double life. Conservative and veiled in public, online she obsesses over her appearance and embarks on secret virtual romances.

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Cinema

Exhibition On Screen: Raphael Revealed

12th - 16th October 2021

Multiple times available

Marking the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, the greatest exhibition ever held of his works took place in Rome. Exhibition on Screen was granted exclusive access to this once-in-a-lifetime show.

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Cinema

MET Opera Live: Boris Godunov

9th October 2021

5:40 pm

Bass Rene Pape, the world’s reigning Boris, reprises his tremendous portrayal of the tortured tsar caught between grasping ambition and crippling paranoia.

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Young People

Free

Young Art Kommunity: H2DANCE – Festival of the Future Workshop

14th October 2021

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This session of YAK invites you to imagine what a festival of the future could look like, in a workshop with choreographers of H2DANCE and curators of ‘Fest en Fest’.

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Cinema

The Nest

24th - 30th September 2021

Multiple times available

Rory (Jude Law), an ambitious entrepreneur, persuades his American wife, Allison (Carrie Coon), and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his native England during the 1980s.

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Cinema

The Lost Leonardo

9th - 13th October 2021

Multiple times available

Discover how vested interests in the Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ painting are of such tremendous power that truth becomes secondary.

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Cinema

Misha And The Wolves

9th - 11th October 2021

Multiple times available

A rabbit warren of twists and turns, Misha and the Wolves is a gripping tale of secrets and revelations, the lies we tell and the stories we choose to believe.

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Cinema

The Servant (4K Restoration)

3rd October 2021

12:30 pm

Sexual tensions and class conflicts run high in must-see classic ‘The Servant’ with BAFTA-winning performances from Dirk Bogarde and James Fox.

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Christmas at Firstsite

Christmas at Firstsite

Give you team, friends or family something special to look forward to this Christmas!

Host your Christmas Party with us and support your local community. Our Winter Wonderland party nights are held throughout December offering a three course meal, bar and disco in our beautifully decorated function rooms.

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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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Latest news

Firstsite wins Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

22nd September 2021

Colchester’s Firstsite was announced as Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021 last night (21 September 2021), with Director, Sally Shaw MBE presented with the £100,000 prize – the largest museum prize in the world – by broadcaster Edith…

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Firstsite is 10!

24th September 2021

Our unique, golden building turns 10 on 25th September, 2021! Firstsite began life in Colchester’s 18th century Minories building, back in 1994. Our innovative programme of exhibitions and professional development for international, British and local Colchester artists soon began…

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

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