The Duke unveiled a plaque to commemorate the visit and celebrate Firstsite’s 10th year and the gallery’s contributions to Colchester and its local communities.





Left to right: Marcos Blanes, RIBA Director Rafael Vinoly Architects PC,  Rachel Walton, Co-Founder African Families in the UK, Elsa James, Artist, Giles Coode-Adams OBE, Dipak Mistry, Visual Arts & Diversity Relationship Manager Arts Council England, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, Sally Shaw MBE, Firstsite Director, Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst, Sarah Caven-Atack, Firstsite Chief Operations Officer


Firstsite Director Sally Shaw says “It was wonderful to welcome The Duke of Gloucester to Firstsite this afternoon and have an opportunity to show him just some of the abundance of creativity we have in our region. We were also proud to have the chance to introduce him to some of local groups who we have been honoured to work with to support our community, especially during the pandemic.”


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