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Exhibitions Coming Soon


Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex

26th June - 5th September 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

2021 is the 10th anniversary of Firstsite’s award-winning building – designed by Rafael Viñoly. To celebrate, we are continuing our year of celebration projects and commissions – which kicked off with The Great Big Art Exhibition – with a…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Video Recording: Simon Carter Online Workshop

20th December 2020 - 20th December 2021

12:00 pm ,

Draw and paint along with artist Simon Carter as he demonstrates his own methods of working, using the view from your window as inspiration. This workshop is designed to guide you over three separate sessions. We recommend putting aside…

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My name is not Refugee

3rd December 2020 - 6th June 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition Discover a new view of life in Britain, in an exhibition of artworks chosen by a group of refugees and asylum seekers living in Colchester. Over the past year a group…

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Featuring a range of design-led and affordable products, inspired by our exhibition programme, events and community, our shop has something for everyone. All profits from your purchase raises funds to help us keep our exhibitions free and supports our community outreach activities.

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Firstsite’s stunning architecture and versatile spaces creates a fun and inspiring venue for any event – from private parties to conferences, community meetings and presentations. Plus, by hiring our spaces you can support the local community as any profits go straight back into funding our exhibitions and outreach projects.

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Brain Fresh: Think differently about being creative

19th January 2021

Don’t feel arty or looking for some inspiration? You’re in luck! This week’s Brain Fresh email is packed full of things to make you think differently about being creative.Scroll down to explore new ways of experiencing art, and discover how…

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

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