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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Video Recording: Simon Carter Online Workshop

Sunday 20 December 2020 - Monday 20 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.

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Exhibitions

Free

Art for Life: An exhibition made with key workers

Monday 17 May - Sunday 5 September 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Discover different perspectives of the pandemic and reflect on your own in this poignant exhibition. Feel connected through art, creativity and shared experiences.

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Exhibitions

Free

The Great Big Art Exhibition

Monday 17 May - Sunday 5 September 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Great Big Art Exhibition is a celebration of creativity across the UK. This gallery exhibition features thousands of artworks shared with Firstsite over social media.

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Cinema

Earwig And The Witch

Sunday 13 June 2021

10:30 am

More times available

Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. 

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Cinema

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

Sunday 13 June 2021

1:15 pm

More times available

Peter Rabbit the lovable rogue is back! Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation.

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Cinema

Rare Beasts (captioned)

Sunday 13 June 2021

4:00 pm

Mandy (Billie Piper) falls upon a troubled man, who is searching for a sense of worth, belonging and ‘restored’ male identity.

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Cinema

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Sunday 13 June 2021

7:00 pm

More times available

Oscar winner Angelina Jolie stars as Hannah, a smoke jumper who is still reeling from the loss of three lives she failed to save from a fire.

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Cinema

The Human Voice

Monday 14 June 2021

2:00 pm

More times available

Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect as Almodovar reimagines Jean Cocteau’s short play for an era in which isolation has become a way of life.

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Cinema

Rare Beasts

Monday 14 June 2021

7:00 pm

Mandy (Billie Piper) falls upon a troubled man, who is searching for a sense of worth, belonging and ‘restored’ male identity.

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Cinema

Judas And The Black Messiah

Tuesday 15 June 2021

2:00 pm

FBI informant William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton.

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Cinema

Exhibition On Screen: Sunflowers

Tuesday 15 June 2021

7:00 pm

A unique opportunity to see, as never before, this series of spectacular paintings. The Van Gogh Museum opens its doors to Exhibition on Screen.

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Cinema

Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry

Wednesday 16 June 2021

7:00 pm

More times available

“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer- songwriter and her rise to global superstardom.

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Cinema

First Cow

Friday 18 June 2021

2:00 pm

More times available

Two travellers, on the run from a band of vengeful hunters in the 1820s Northwest, join forces in their dream of striking it rich.

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Cinema

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train (subtitled)

Friday 18 June 2021

7:00 pm

More times available

In a world riddled with demons, a young man and his comrades investigate the disappearance of passengers aboard a mysterious train.

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Exhibitions

Free

Michael Landy’s Break Down: 20 Years

Saturday 19 June - Sunday 5 September 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

An exhibition that offers an opportunity to revisit and explore artist Michael Landy’s radical project through archive materials, press clippings, video recordings and photographs.

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Talks & Events

Free

‘Art for Life’ Art Psychotherapy Workshop | Drop in

Saturday 19 June 2021

2:30 pm

More times available

Take part in an expressive and collaborative experience, reflecting on the COVID pandemic and beginning to emerge back in to the world.

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Cinema

Frankie

Saturday 19 June 2021

4:00 pm

More times available

Frankie follows three generations who have gathered for a vacation organized by the family matriarch (Isabelle Huppert).

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Cinema

Surge

Saturday 19 June 2021

7:00 pm

More times available

Ben Wishaw is wild and wired playing an airport worker who snaps and goes on a frenzied crime spree across London in Director Aneil Karia’s electric debut.

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Cinema

Earwig And The Witch (Captioned)

Sunday 20 June 2021

10:30 am

More times available

Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. 

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Cinema

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (Captioned)

Sunday 20 June 2021

1:15 pm

More times available

Peter Rabbit the lovable rogue is back! Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation.

Find out more

Cinema

First Cow (captioned)

Sunday 20 June 2021

4:00 pm

More times available

Two travellers, on the run from a band of vengeful hunters in the 1820s Northwest, join forces in their dream of striking it rich.

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Cinema

Surge (captioned)

Sunday 20 June 2021

7:15 pm

More times available

Ben Wishaw is wild and wired playing an airport worker who snaps and goes on a frenzied crime spree across London in Director Aneil Karia’s electric debut.

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Cinema

Cruella (captioned)

Friday 25 June 2021

2:00 pm

More times available

An all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinema’s most notorious villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil.

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Exhibitions Coming Soon

Free

Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex

Saturday 26 June - Sunday 5 September 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

‘Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex’ invites you to explore, celebrate and question the recent history of Essex and its contemporary portrayal in popular culture.

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Cinema

Cruella

Saturday 26 June 2021

4:00 pm

More times available

An all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinema’s most notorious villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil.

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Cinema

The Father

Saturday 26 June 2021

7:30 pm

More times available

Anthony Hopkins plays a mischievous and highly independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman).

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Cinema

The Father (captioned)

Sunday 27 June 2021

7:30 pm

More times available

Anthony Hopkins plays a mischievous and highly independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman).

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Cinema

The Killing Of Two Lovers

Tuesday 29 June 2021

7:00 pm

More times available

Amidst a landscape that dwarfs its residents, The Killing of Two Lovers skilfully maps out the complex terrain of a marriage in freefall.

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Talks & Events

Margaret Thatcher: The Colchester Years

Thursday 1 July 2021

6:30 pm

Join historian and honorary fellow of the Department of History at The University of Essex, as he uncovers the early life of Colchester’s controversial former resident.

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Cinema

Romeo and Juliet: The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company

Wednesday 7 July 2021

7:00 pm

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s modern and passionate staging of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy returns to the big screen this summer.

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Talks & Events

Free

‘Art for Life’ Art Psychotherapy Workshop

Monday 19 July 2021

5:30 pm

More times available

Take part in an expressive and collaborative experience, reflecting on the COVID pandemic and beginning to emerge back in to the world.

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

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