We stand with you

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Image: Elsa James, WE STAND WITH YOU, 2020. Copyright the artist

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Elsa James also co-curated and exhibited her work in Super Black, an Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibition at Firstsite in 2019.

Hear the Super Black group in discussion about what it is like to be black in Britain today

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Coming soon…

Super Black: A celebration of African and Caribbean history and culture. Firstsite, Colchester, Essex.


We will continue to share the thoughts and experiences of the Super Black group, along with other voices across on our channels, on and offline.

And we are pleased to announce our Super Black festival, which was originally due to take place in March, will now take place online throughout the summer.

We will be sharing an exclusive film from Vanley Burke, made especially for this online festival – more details to be released soon!

Improving equality at Firstsite

We recognise that racism, discrimination and inequality is not just on the streets, but within our institutions and we are committed to achieving a programme, team and board that represents the diversity of our region.

This is something we are actively addressing and working to improve –  key to this is our work with the local community.

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.

Find out more about our mission, vision, values and goals, plus read our Shortform Business Plan.