Can you help keep Firstsite fantastic, fun and free?

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

The Berryfield Mosaic

At the heart of the Firstsite building is the Berryfield Mosaic, a Roman artefact unearthed in 1923 at the site on which the building now stands. 

Dating from around AD200 the mosaic originally formed part of the dining room floor of a wealthy Roman townhouse. Its design consists of a central rose motif surrounded by four panels depicting sea monsters chasing dolphins.

The Mosaic is displayed horizontally in a case embedded into the floor of the building, providing a glimpse of the history buried under the building.

Please note: due to exhibitions surrounding the mosaic, access may be restricted during exhibition changeovers.  If you are visiting specifically to see the mosaic please contact us prior to your visit to check that it is available for viewing.

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

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