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 everyday 10am – 5pm, with cinema screenings into the evening. Find out what’s on.

There’s no need to book to visit, just turn up! Find out more about our new way of visiting.

Our new Feel Good Artist Activity Pack is available now – download your free copy here

Firstsite Collectors’ Group

The Firstsite Collectors’ Group raises vital funds for Firstsite, sponsoring exhibitions and other artistic events to enhance the Firstsite programme and enable the gallery to continue to bring world-class exhibitions to East Anglia.

United by their passion for visual art, though not necessarily collectors themselves, this friendly and varied group recognise the benefits art brings to the wider community such as improving creative education, health and well-being, and are keen to support creativity and talent within the region.

Every November, members of the Collectors’ Group have the chance to join the selection committee which chooses award-winners for the annual Collectors’ Group Artist Bursaries. The awards support artists in Essex and Suffolk with their professional career development, complementing Firstsite’s support of practising artists in the region. This is a fascinating morning, providing members with the opportunity to see and discuss various artists’ work.

Members are also offered opportunities to participate in a specially tailored programme of visits to artists’ studios, private collections, Firstsite’s own exhibitions and other cultural attractions. Past visits have included trips to Henry Moore’s studio in Perry Green, Turner Prize winner Phyllida Barlow’s London studio, escorted trips to the Royal Academy Schools and Sir Alfred Munnings’ house, among many others.

Join the Collectors’ Group and support Firstsite

Membership of the Collectors’ Group costs:

£180 for single membership

£240 for  couples membership

To find out more about joining the Firstsite Collectors’ Group or for more information about the Firstsite Collectors’ Group Award, please contact us using the form below.


Firstsite Collector's Group