About Firstsite

Firstsite is the East of England’s contemporary visual arts organisation where you can experience the most exciting developments in contemporary art, and explore the rich artistic legacy cultivated by the East of England’s unique landscape and character.

Open all year – with free admission and a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, workshops and events to spark your imagination, alongside a café and shop, Firstsite is for everyone.


Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the well-being and life-chances of all residents of East Anglia through innovation, ingenuity and creativity. We empower people, no matter their background, to be creative together and lead happier and healthier lives.

Through our artistic and cultural activities, we disrupt the way we and our visitors experience the world, we provide new creative opportunities and we promote imaginative responses to contemporary issues. 


In our award-winning gallery and in our satellite venues, we show a diverse mix of the very best historic, modern and contemporary art from around the world, for everyone, every day.                                   



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Firstsite Shortform Business Plan

What We Do

Throughout our exceptional artistic and cultural activities, enjoyed by all in a fun and inclusive environment, from exhibitions to community events, talks and lectures to holiday fun activities, we provide a programme that celebrates the diverse and radical people of East Anglia and invite everyone to be part of our creative community.

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Our commitment to anti-racism

At Firstsite we openly acknowledge that progress towards an equitable society inside our organisation, on our doorstep and globally has been woefully slow especially with regards Black and Minority Ethnic communities. . As a consequence of this we stand fully in support of Black and Minority Ethnic communities, now especially, and for the long-term. We have put in place short and long term commitments to anti-racism, a full action plan will be published in September.

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Our Building

Firstsite’s curved building, designed by Rafael Vinoly, creates an environment like no other. Its dramatic frontage leads through to stunning gallery and studio spaces and has a unique versatility which makes it perfect for events as well as a fun and inspirational space to immerse yourself in art, culture and creativity.

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The Berryfield Mosaic

At the heart of Firstsite lies the Berryfield mosaic, dating back to AD200, this stunning piece is embedded with Firstsite’s floor and is a must-see for all visitors.

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Great Films at Firstsite

Our purpose built cinema, seating 190 people screens an eclectic mix of films and live events including a programme of  popular releases, cult classic, independent and art house films and a wide selection of live theatre, ballet, opera and music concerts.

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Read all about our big announcements and all the exciting activities which happen in our building.

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Exhibition Archive

Discover previous exhibitions and projects staged at Firstsite throughout the years.

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

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