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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.

An international gallery and creative community space, Firstsite is open all year round, for free, for everyone.

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ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 9am – 9pm every day.

Galleries open 10am – 5pm every day

What's on

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Exhibitions

Free

Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles

16th November 2019 - 8th March 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Experience this vast and iconic artwork at Firstsite, celebrating community, individuality and togetherness. Field for the British Isles, which consists of 40,000 tiny individual terracotta figures, is the largest single artwork in the Arts Council Collection and its arrival…

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Talks & Events

John Ball: The Great Grandfather of English Socialism

12th March 2020

7:30 pm

Born outside Colchester in the decade before the Black Death, English Priest John Ball lead the first popular revolution in English history – the disparagingly and misleadingly entitled Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. The rebellion failed and Ball was executed,…

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Exhibitions

Free

Unboxing Alex Frost

8th February - 19th April 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. It includes videos from Frost’s ‘Wet Unboxing’ series, in which meals, snacks, protein shakes, vitamin…

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Tours

Free

Exhibition Tours: Antony Gormley ‘Field for the British Isles’

24th February - 5th March 2020

Multiple times available

Learn more about one of artist Antony Gormley’s biggest artworks, Field for the British Isles, with exhibition tours from Firstsite’s Head of Programme, Stuart Tulloch, and Programme Manager for Communities, Emma Reeve. Stuart and Emma will be joined by…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Art Class: Clay Workshop for 13 to 17 Year Olds

8th March 2020

Multiple times available

Led by local artist Iris Gunnarsdottir and inspired by our current exhibition Field for the British Isles by Antony Gormley, this course gives you the opportunity to work with clay in a relaxed environment. You will receive individual tuition…

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Exhibitions

Free

Kevin Howbrook: Colour Coded

25th January - 22nd March 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kevin Howbrook: Colour Coded is an exhibition of large-scale digital prints that show what familiar texts, like the ‘Bible’ or ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, look like if each word is represented by a colour. Kevin Howbrook is an artist…

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Cinema

Parasite

6th - 11th March 2020

Multiple times available

From the imagination of Bong Joon Ho (Okja, Snowpiercer, The Host), Parasite finds a family of grifters worming their way into an upper-class family’s perfect world. The Kims are living a marginal life when their son fakes his way…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Tai Chi | Beginners

27th February - 2nd April 2020

Multiple times available

Increase your flexibility, improve your balance and help lower your stress and anxiety, with relaxing sessions of Tai-Chi at Firstsite. This traditional Yang Style 24 step Tai-Chi is taught on a continuous basis and learners will develop through the…

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Exhibitions

Free

Afro Futures_UK: Unravelling New Futures

25th January - 19th April 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

An exhibition of digital and multimedia art, ‘Unravelling New Futures’ explores how the intersection of the black experience, technology and historical narratives can inspire new ways of thinking critically about the future. Through video, performance and sculpture, this exhibition…

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Children & Families

Free

Firstsite Holiday Fun: Feb Half Term 2020 | MAKE

21st - 23rd February 2020

Multiple times available

Get making this February Half Term with a variety of free, creative activities – inspired by Firstsite’s current exhibitions. Activities Field for FirstsiteBuild your own figure inspired by the current exhibition Field for the British Isles by Antony Gormley….

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Children & Families

Free

Harwich Holiday Fun: Feb Half Term | MAKE

21st February 2020

Multiple times available

Get making in Harwich this February Half Term, with a variety of creative activities throughout the school holidays. Activities most suitable for those aged 4 – 11 yrs, but all ages welcome. Drop-in anytime between 10am – 2:30pm. No…

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Cinema

Dolittle

21st - 23rd February 2020

Multiple times available

Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle. After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle…

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Exhibitions

Free

Aidan Moesby | Sagacity: The Periodic Table of Emotions

15th November 2019 - 8th March 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sagacity is a live and responsive installation based around the Periodic Table, reflecting the emotional state of its location. Its installation at Firstsite shows the current mood of our visitors, and will record the feelings of participants from November…

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Cinema

A Banana? At This Time of Night?

24th February 2020

7:30 pm

Afflicted by muscular dystrophy, Yasuaki (OIZUMI Yo) doesn’t let that slow him down. A charming and eternally positive man, he is determined to live an independent life and fulfil his dreams with the help of coerced volunteers Misaki (TAKAHATA Mitsuki) and Tanaka (MIURA Haruma). Based on a true story.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Art Class: Springtime Inspired Printmaking

3rd - 31st March 2020

Multiple times available

Be inspired by the colours, shapes and patterns of spring in Firstsite’s new printmaking workshop. Each session explores a different relief print method, where you’ll make your own handmade printing blocks. Experiment with different colour combinations and application techniques,…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Limitless | Junior Street Dance

25th February - 31st March 2020

Multiple times available

Breakdance skills for 8 – 14 year olds. Join the Limitless dancers Andi Mill and Isaac James to try out the basics of street dancing in a cool, fun and energetic environment. Please wear comfortable clothing – loose t-shirts,…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Free

CLIP | Experimental Music and Sound Collective

24th February - 30th March 2020

Multiple times available

FREE Drop in – no booking required. CLIP is a weekly meet up for anyone with an interest in the more experimental side of music and sound. An opportunity for sonic exploration through collaboration, discussion, sharing ideas, jam sessions,…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Art Class: Watercolour Painting

25th February - 24th March 2020

Multiple times available

Led by Colchester Art Society artist Sally Delany, this course gives you the opportunity to learn and develop watercolour painting techniques. Painting from images and still life, you will receive individual tuition and guidance from the artist to learn…

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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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Hire Firstsite

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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Holiday Fun

Holiday Fun

Join us during the February half term for a fantastic free day out of art and movement based activities. Offered both in our gallery and in our Harwich venue.
You can also enjoy low cost hot lunches – families who receive free school meals can receive our meals for free.

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Latest news

Independent films at Firstsite

11th February 2020

Discover something new with independent film at Firstsite, spanning a diverse range of genres – from cult classics and revealing documentary, to offbeat comedy and emotional drama. Don’t miss out on our celebration of acclaimed Chilean-French director Alejandro Jodorowsky,…

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