We’re still open! Although Essex has moved to the High Tier COVID alert level, you can still enjoy loads of fun, covid-safe things to do this autumn at Firstsite! See what’s on

Please follow government guidelines and only visit with members of your household or support bubble. Find out more about our new way of visiting.

Art is where the home is

‘Art is where the home is’ brings you a programme of art activities to do within the home, with the aim of helping families to stay creative during this difficult time.


Our activities are for everyone – though our Activity Packs and Create at Home activities are particularly perfect for children and young people to do at home along with parents and carers. Each one is designed to be fun, educational and bring us all together through art and imagination.

The Art Cave

Join artists Iris and Tom every week in the secret ‘Art Cave’ underneath Firstsite for buckets full of fun. Get stuck in with crazy creations you can make at home, and tonnes of drawing tips and tricks! Warning: may contain silliness.

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Online Workshops

We’re bringing ‘Art is where the home is’ directly from artists’ studios into your home. In our first workshop, join artist Simon Carter live from his studio via zoom as he shows you how to turn the view from your window into an artwork.

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Artist Activity Packs

Stay inspired with Firstsite’s artist created activity packs, featuring contributions from some of the world’s best artists. Each pack is full of ideas about how to get creative at home!

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Create at Home

Step-by-step art and craft activities for all ages – with everything from finger knitting to stick figure animation!

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Help us continue providing free activities

We rely on donations to help us deliver our projects which include fun activities for families, along with free hot meals to support families facing financial challenges. Whatever you can give will help us continue our work.

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

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