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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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Drag Life Drawing with Sirena Hart

02 March 2024 - 01 March 2025

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

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

06 September - 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

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

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

15 March 2024 - 14 March 2025

Multiple times available

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

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Watercolour Saturdays with Justine Moss

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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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

30 June - 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

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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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

Andre Rieu’s 2024 Maastricht Concert: Power of Love

31 August - 01 September 2024

Multiple times available

Overflowing with passion, Andre Rieu’s 2024 Maastricht Concert: Power of Love combines classical, musicals, pop and rock!

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Cinema

Butterfly Tale (Parent & Baby)

20 June 2024

11:30 am

See the world from a different perspective as a young monarch butterfly’s journey takes him beyond home and into an ever-changing landscape.

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Cinema

Catching Fire: The Story Of Anita Pallenberg (Relaxed)

16 June 2024

11:00 am

Catching Fire: The Story Of Anita Pallenberg reveals the story of a fierce rock ‘n’ roller, actress, muse and mother of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Drawing Urban Environments with Jordan Cook

09 November 2024

10:00 am

Learn what it means to become a true psychogeographer by taking a ‘drift’ around Firstsite, with Jordan Cook’s Drawing Urban Environments.

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Cinema

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

21 - 27 June 2024

Multiple times available

As the world fell, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga follows young Furiosa who is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers.

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Cinema

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (20th Anniversary) (Parent & Baby)

04 July 2024

11:30 am

Re-live the magical moments of Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban on our big screen for the immerse experience.

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Cinema

Hoard (Captioned)

21 June 2024

1:00 pm

Hoard follows Maria a teenager who is inspired by her foster mother’s former charge to revisit childhood memories that she has repressed.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Introduction to Canal Folk Art with Marie Charles

04 August - 14 September 2024

Multiple times available

Delve into the rich history and techniques of Canal Folk Art; a beautiful but now endangered art form and take home your masterpiece!

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Cinema

Made In England: The Films Of Powell And Pressburger

19 June 2024

Multiple times available

Made In England: The Films Of Powell And Pressburger delves into the world of films developed by these legends, hosted by Martin Scorsese.

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Cinema

That They May Face the Rising Sun

15 June 2024

Multiple times available

Capturing the life of a rural, lakeside community in 1970s Ireland, That They May Face The Rising Sun is an adaptation of McGahern’s novel.

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Cinema

The Dead Don’t Hurt

28 June - 03 July 2024

Multiple times available

In The Dead Don’t Hurt, fiercely independent Vivienne embarks on a relationship with the passionate, Holger in a corrupt frontier town.

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Cinema

The Garfield Movie (Relaxed)

22 June 2024

11:00 am

In The Garfield Movie the world-famous, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, is about to have a wild outdoor adventure!

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Cinema

The Present

28 June 2024

11:00 am

A brilliant boy teams up with his siblings in returning to the time of their parent’s separation in hopes of changing The Present.

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Cinema

Tiger Stripes

15 - 20 June 2024

Multiple times available

Tiger Stripes is Amanda Nell Eu’s debut feature following a young girl as she navigates puberty in a terrifying way.

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Latest news

Discovering Art with Jevan Watkins Jones: Preview of his upcoming workshop at Firstsite

20 May 2024

Find out all the details about our limited series workshop Discovering Art with Jevan Watkins Jones in a special interview with the artist.

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