Can you help keep Firstsite fantastic, fun and free?

The impact of shutting Firstsite has been huge for us and the communities we work with, which is why we are reaching out to you to help us.

Whatever you can give today can help us continue our work, collaborate with more communities and find creative solutions to the world we find in front of us.

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Our galleries, café and shop are now open every day 10am – 5pm. Find out more about our new way of visiting, and what we’re doing to keep you safe.

Support us

Firstsite works to bring art and its benefits to all of the people of East Anglia, involving our communities directly with our work, from exhibition making to our creative learning activities.

As a registered charity, we rely upon the generosity of individuals, businesses, funding organisations, trusts and foundations to help us provide these vital creative opportunities and provoke imaginative responses to contemporary issues which ultimately achieve positive change in our community.

Your support, at any level, can help us continue to develop this work through our programme of the very best historic, modern and contemporary art – helping art and culture in the East of England to thrive and prosper and inspire creative solutions to address the challenges faced by society today.

Help Keep Firstsite Fantastic Fun and Free

Your donation can help us keep our exhibitions free for everyone and enable us to continue to support the local community, using art and imagination to develop and deliver solutions for positive change.

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How Your Support Helps

However you support us, you can help us continue to keep the gallery free and accessible to all and nurture the creativity of East Anglia – helping to support and unlock potential through creativity and imagination.

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Firstsite Collectors' Group

The Firstsite Collectors’ Group supports the Firstsite exhibition programme and events to ensure visual art and creativity continues to flourish in Colchester, Essex and East Anglia.  Find out more about the Group and how to join.

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Our many fantastic volunteers help Firstsite to run smoothly, and bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to our organisation. We offer opportunities for our volunteers to support our front of house, exhibitions, events and learning activities, much more!

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

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