The Great Big Art Exhibition – Take part in the largest exhibition ever staged!

While the doors to our art galleries and museums are shut, let’s use our front windows, balconies, gardens and roofs to celebrate the creativity and resolve of the nation, as we continue through the COVID crisis.

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We are still open and ready to welcome you!

16th October 2020

Although Essex has moved to the High Tier COVID alert level, you can still enjoy loads of fun, covid-safe things to do this autumn at Firstsite! Here are our top 5 recommended activities…


1. Exhibitions

Visit our spacious gallery spaces to see uplifting exhibitions from local and international artists, including Tracy Emin, Sarah Lucas and Cornelia Parker.
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2. Shop

Discover beautiful products in our shop – start your Christmas shopping early with a unique gift, or pick up something special for yourself!
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3. Cinema

Watch family classics, new releases and event screenings, including music concerts and theatre productions, in our socially distanced cinema.
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4. Holiday Fun

Join us for Half Term Holiday Fun from 26 Oct – enjoy a free meal in our canteen and entertain the kids with fun, free art and sport activities.
See what's on 


5. Café

Relax in our bright and airy café, with delicious light meals, cakes, baked treats and hot and cold drinks. Our outside balcony area is still open for anyone who wishes to enjoy their meal in the fresh autumn air!
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We’re open every day, 10am – 5pm, for free, for everyone.
Please follow government guidelines and only visit in your household or support bubble – we look forward to seeing you soon!

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

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