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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Cinema

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

23rd October 2021

7:00 pm

Narrated by actor Martin Freeman, this documentary film charts the life and times of perhaps Britain’s greatest jazz exponent, Tubby Hayes

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun October 2021: Canteen

25th - 29th October 2021

Multiple times available

Enjoy freshly made hot meals for all the family over during Half Term at Firstsite’s canteen in Colchester town centre.

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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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Children & Families

Free

Harwich Holiday Fun October 2021: Canteen

25th - 29th October 2021

Multiple times available

Enjoy freshly made hot meals for all the family over the October Half Term at Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre.

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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

The Addams Family 2

23rd - 31st October 2021

Multiple times available

Everyone’s favorite spooky family is back in the animated comedy sequel, The Addams Family 2. In this all new movie we find Morticia and Gomez distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with “scream time.”

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Cinema

Balloon

21st October 2021

Multiple times available

A Tibetan family in the 1980s struggles against the conflicting dictates of nature, spirituality, politics, and free will.

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Cinema

The Haunted Hotel + Q&A

31st October 2021

7:00 pm

Since 1518, the premises of the legendary Great White Horse Hotel in Ipswich have offered a night’s rest to such diverse luminaries as Charles Dickens, George II and the Beatles.

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Cinema

The Doors: Live At The Bowl ’68 Special Edition

4th November 2021

7:00 pm

in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Doors final studio album L.A. WOMAN (1971), “The Doors: Live At The Bowl ’68 Special Edition” will transform movie theaters into concert venues, giving Doors fans around the world the closest experience to being there live.

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Cinema

The Rocky Horror Show Live 2021

28th October 2021

6:30 pm

Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show, comes to the big screen near you.

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Cinema

Gagarine

21st October 2021

Multiple times available

The film follows Yuri, 16, who has lived all his life in Gagarine Towers, a vast red-brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris. From the heights of his apartment,

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Cinema

My Little Sister

5th - 9th November 2021

Multiple times available

Lisa has bid goodbye to her ambitions as a playwright and the Berlin arts scene and now lives in Switzerland with her husband, who runs an international school.

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Cinema

Sweet Thing

23rd October 2021

2:00 pm

In New Bedford Massachusetts, a dysfunctional family portrayed in all shades of black-and-white, lead forgotten lives.

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Cinema

Gunpowder Milkshake

24th October 2021

7:30 pm

Gunpowder Milkshake tells the story of Sam (Karen Gillan), who was only 12 years old when her mother Scarlet (Lena Headey), an elite assassin, was forced to abandon her. Sam was raised by The Firm, the ruthless crime syndicate her mother worked for.

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Cinema

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (4K Restoration)

24th October 2021

2:00 pm

‘The Outsiders’ takes place in ’60s Oklahoma, centring on two rival teen gangs: The ‘Greasers’, a class term that refers to the young men on the East Side, the poor side of town, and the ‘Socs’, short for Socials, who are the “West-side rich kids”.

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Cinema

The Ghost of Winifred Meeks

30th October 2021

7:30 pm

Anna James rents a remote farmhouse in Suffolk to work on the latest of a series of teen crime novels. Soon, however, her idyll becomes unsettled by the presence of an unquiet spirit – the former lady of the house, Winifred Meeks.

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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.

Get Christmas Wrapped Up!
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 Collectors’ Group Bursary Awards 2021

7th October 2021

The Firstsite Collectors’ Group Bursary Awards scheme aims to support artists working in Essex and Suffolk with their professional career development. These annual awards are made possible through the Collectors’ Group continuing engagement and interest in contemporary visual art in the region. 

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

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