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.

We’re reopening!

20th July 2020

We are thrilled to announce that following confirmation from the government that museums and galleries can open from 4th July 2020, Firstsite will be reopening on Friday 24th July. We have missed you!

Our galleries, café and shop will be open every day from Friday 24th July 10am – 5pm. Find out more about our opening times.

New exhibitions to experience this Summer include Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibition, ‘Tell me the story of all these things‘, ‘Colchester and Ipswich Art Society: Borders‘ and ‘Sonia Coode-Adams: Lockdown Garden‘. We will also be extending the opening of ‘Unravelling New Futures: Curated by Afro Futures_UK‘ to give you another chance to see the exhibition. 

We’re delighted to be running our Holiday Fun programme over the Summer Holidays, free for any family who feels they would benefit.

Our series of talks on local history are set to continue, with details of how to book coming soon. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear.

The Firstsite Cinema will reopen in August with social distancing in mind. We look forward to sharing more details with you in the coming weeks.

At this time we are unable to run our classes, workshops and community events such as fairs and festivals, however these are constant under review and we will let you know if there are any changes.

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Thank you to everyone who completed our reopening survey. The steps we have taken in response to your feedback aim to help everyone enjoy a safe but comfortable visit. We ask that you please read through our safety measures and guidance when planning your visit:

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Help us plan for the future

As we all continue through this crisis and into recovery, using our imagination to support our wellbeing and stay connected and healthy is vital.

Your donation can help us continue to bring art and creativity to all, support families through our Holiday Fun programme, and help our local community to lead healthier and happy lives.

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

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