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Exhibitions

Free

Afro Futures_UK: Unravelling New Futures

Saturday 25 January - Sunday 27 September 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

During our temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be sharing our exhibitions such as this one online. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to discover featured artworks, see behind the scenes, listen to audio descriptions…

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Exhibitions

Free

Mark Titchner: Some questions about Colchester

Friday 13 March 2020 - Monday 1 March 2021

Artist Mark Titchner has produced a new series of public artworks across Colchester, entitled ‘Some questions about Colchester’, which are placed in the windows of vacant shop units around the town centre. This follows on from Mark‘s exhibition at…

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Exhibitions

Free

Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies: Borders

Friday 24 July - Sunday 11 October 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies explore their mutual border, the River Stour, in an exhibition that celebrates the thriving creativity of the region, the joy of making and the enjoyment and well-being gained through experiencing art.

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Exhibitions

Free

Phyllida Barlow

Friday 24 July - Sunday 11 October 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The sight of the physical devastation to London’s east end, caused by Second World War bombing raids, is one of Phyllida Barlow’s earliest childhood memories. The destruction and repair of the urban environment has since become one of her…

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Exhibitions

Free

Sonia Coode-Adams: Lockdown Garden

Friday 24 July - Sunday 27 September 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

‘Lockdown Garden’ features tranquil watercolour landscapes of the garden at Feeringbury Manor, created by the artist during the imposed lockdown.

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

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