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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Notice

18th March 2020

Updated 24 June 2020

We welcome the announcement from the Prime Minister to allow the safe reopening of galleries to the public this summer– we have been working on plans based on feedback gathered from our audiences, and will open our doors as soon as we have all safety measures in place to provide a safe but also enjoyable and uplifting experience.

As soon as our reopening date is confirmed it will be posted on our website, social media and sent to our mailing list. To be among the first to know, sign up to our mailing list 



Following careful consideration of recent developments of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to temporarily close Firstsite to members of the public from Thursday 18 March until further notice.
We have made this difficult decision to help protect the welfare of our visitors and staff, who always come first.
We believe art can help us to see the world differently. It inspires, empowers and opens our minds. Now more than ever, art can help us feel connected, lift our spirits and support our wellbeing. Whilst Firstsite is shut, we are working on ways for you to enjoy our programme online. We’ll share these ideas and activities soon. if you would like to receive more information about these please sign up to our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

All events including cinema screenings are currently cancelled. If you have pre-booked for any events which have been cancelled, we will be in touch as soon as possible.

As a charity, we rely on our ticket sales and donations to continue to show award-winning artists and exhibitions, and support our community. We hope that, if you feel able, you may consider donating the cost of your ticket to Firstsite to help us to continue this work and use it where it is needed most. 

While the building is closed, our team will still be contactable Monday – Saturday from 9am – 3pm on 01206 713700 or at [email protected]

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding at this time. We hope you will bear with us during this period of disruption.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Firstsite when we re-open.
Take care of yourself and stay safe.

Best wishes, 
Sally Shaw
Firstsite Director

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

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