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The impact of shutting Firstsite has been huge for us and the communities we work with, which is why we are reaching out to you to help us.

Whatever you can give today can help us continue our work, collaborate with more communities and find creative solutions to the world we find in front of us.


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Our galleries, café, and shop are now open everyday 10am – 5pm, with cinema screenings into the evening. Find out what’s on.

There’s no need to book to visit, just turn up! Find out more about our new way of visiting.

Our new Feel Good Artist Activity Pack is available now – download your free copy here

ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm every day

We are open!

Reflect, refresh and reconnect at Firstsite.

Enjoy our brand new programme of exhibitions, films and events. Relax in our new cafe with outdoor balcony seating and find fresh and fun new products in our shop.

We are open every day, for free, for everyone. There’s no need to book, just pop in and explore!

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ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm every day

What's on

Top picks

Exhibitions

Free

Tell me the story of all these things

24th July - 11th October 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Firstsite and the Arts Council Collection present ‘Tell me the story of all these things’, featuring artworks made by some of Britain’s best-known artists, including Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Cornelia Parker and Gillian Wearing – each selected by radical…

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Cinema

André Rieu’s Magical Maastricht 2020: Together in Music

26th September 2020

Multiple times available

Get ready for a magnificent open-air concert featuring popular classics, show-tunes and of course, waltzes that carry you away.

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Exhibitions

Free

Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies: Borders

24th July - 11th October 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies explore their mutual border, the River Stour, in an exhibition that celebrates the thriving creativity of the region, the joy of making and the enjoyment and well-being gained through experiencing art.

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Cinema

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

28th September - 1st October 2020

Multiple times available

One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement.

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Exhibitions

Free

Afro Futures_UK: Unravelling New Futures

25th January - 27th September 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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Exhibitions

Free

Phyllida Barlow

24th July - 11th October 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This presentation of Phyllida Barlow’s sculptures in our Welcome Area leads our reopening following the imposed lockdown due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cinema

Les Misérables

25th - 29th September 2020

Multiple times available

Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, director Ladj Ly’s Oscar-nominated Les Misérables is a hugely topical provocative insight into the tensions between neighbourhood residents and police.

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Exhibitions

Free

Sonia Coode-Adams: Lockdown Garden

24th July - 1st November 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

‘Lockdown Garden’ features tranquil watercolour landscapes of the garden at Feeringbury Manor, created by the artist during the imposed lockdown.

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Cinema

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is

23rd September 2020

Multiple times available

To celebrate 85 years of Elvis Presley and 50 years since the film’s original 1970 release, the King returns to cinemas.

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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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Talks & Events

How refugees saved Colchester

19th November 2020

6:30 pm

In the sixteenth century, large numbers of skilled craftspeople from lowland Europe made their way to Essex. As religious refugees, they sought peace – and the opportunity to ply their trades. Join historian and honorary fellow of the Department…

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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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Latest news

Firstsite shortlisted for £100,000 national arts award

10th September 2020

We are delighted to announce that Firstsite has been shortlisted for the 2020 £100,000 Freelands Award.

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

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