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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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Online

Free

Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex documentary

Tuesday 6 July - Friday 31 December 2021

Artist Michael Landy talks ‘Essexism’ with comedian Russell Kane, artists Elsa James and Maria Anastassiou, sociologist Professor Pam Cox and The Only Way is Essex legend, Amy Childs.

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Exhibitions

Free

Michael Landy: The Essex Way

Thursday 16 September - Sunday 5 December 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

See a large-scale collage along our building’s magnificent 140m curved wall, created by artist Michael Landy.

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Exhibitions

Free

Michael Landy: Essex Man (after Collet)

Thursday 16 September - Sunday 5 December 2021

10:00 pm - 5:00 pm

See artist Michael Landy’s artwork ‘Essex Man (after Collet)’ (2021) – a larger-than-life standing figure in our Welcome Area made from a hand drawn reproduction of the original ‘Essex Man’ illustration by Edward Collet in a 1990s Sunday Telegraph.

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Exhibitions

Free

@background_bob and his amazing friends – guess who’s back!

Saturday 18 September 2021 - Sunday 9 January 2022

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Young Essex artist Background Bob returns with a brand-new exhibition, showcasing over 200 stunning artworks by leading international street and graffiti artists, tattooists, sculptors and fine artists.

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Exhibitions

Free

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021

Saturday 25 September - Sunday 28 November 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Firstsite is delighted be working in partnership with New Contemporaries to be the first gallery to exhibit Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021, as part of the celebrations for our building’s 10th anniversary year.

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Cinema

Romeo & Juliet

Tuesday 28 September 2021

7:30 pm

This bold new film brings to life the remarkable backstage spaces of the National Theatre in which desire, dreams and destiny collide to make Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy sing in an entirely new way.

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Cinema

Souad

Wednesday 29 September 2021

7:30 pm

In a small city on the Nile Delta, 19 year old Souad (Bassant Ahmed) leads a double life. Conservative and veiled in public, online she obsesses over her appearance and embarks on secret virtual romances.

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Cinema

The Nest

Thursday 30 September 2021

7:30 pm

Rory (Jude Law), an ambitious entrepreneur, persuades his American wife, Allison (Carrie Coon), and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his native England during the 1980s.

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Cinema

Wildfire (captions)

Friday 1 October 2021

2:00 pm

Born within a year of each other, Lauren and Kelly are ‘Irish twins’ – you’d never see one without the other. But over the years the mystery of their mother’s death tore them apart

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Cinema

The Collini Case

Saturday 2 October 2021

1:00 pm

More times available

What makes a completely blameless man commit a murder? Elyas M’Barek (‘This Crazy Heart’, ‘Fack Ju Gohte’ trilogy) is confronted with this question as a public defender in ‘The Collini Case’, a slick courtroom drama based on the best-selling novel of the same name, inspired by one of the biggest legal scandals in German history.

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Cinema

Wildfire

Saturday 2 October 2021

4:00 pm

Born within a year of each other, Lauren and Kelly are ‘Irish twins’ – you’d never see one without the other. But over the years the mystery of their mother’s death tore them apart

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Cinema

Annette

Saturday 2 October 2021

7:00 pm

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Visionary filmmaker Leos Carax (Holy Motors) makes a triumphant return with ‘Annette’, which sees him teaming up with Sparks, one of pop’s best-loved and most influential cult bands.

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Cinema

The Servant (4K Restoration)

Sunday 3 October 2021

12:30 pm

Sexual tensions and class conflicts run high in must-see classic ‘The Servant’ with BAFTA-winning performances from Dirk Bogarde and James Fox.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Free

CLIP

Monday 4 October 2021

5:00 pm

More times available

CLIP is a weekly meet up for anyone 12 years old and up interested in music and sound. Play with synths, microphones and musical technology.

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Cinema

Copilot

Monday 4 October 2021

7:30 pm

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When sharp science student Asli meets charismatic Saeed in the mid 90s, it’s love at first sight. The lovers marry, and Asli swears to be true to Saeed and never betray his secrets. Their future looks bright, but as the twenty-first century dawns, Saeed makes a decision that will not only shatter Asli’s dreams, but shake the whole world to the core.

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Cinema

Herself (captions)

Friday 8 October 2021

2:00 pm

Sandra is a young Mum struggling to provide her two young daughters with a warm, safe, happy home to grow up in.

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Cinema

Respect

Friday 8 October 2021

7:15 pm

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Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

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Cinema

The Lost Leonardo

Saturday 9 October 2021

11:00 am

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Discover how vested interests in the Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ painting are of such tremendous power that truth becomes secondary.

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Cinema

Misha And The Wolves

Saturday 9 October 2021

1:15 pm

More times available

A rabbit warren of twists and turns, Misha and the Wolves is a gripping tale of secrets and revelations, the lies we tell and the stories we choose to believe.

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Cinema

Herself

Saturday 9 October 2021

3:30 pm

More times available

Sandra is a young Mum struggling to provide her two young daughters with a warm, safe, happy home to grow up in.

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Cinema

MET Opera Live: Boris Godunov

Saturday 9 October 2021

5:40 pm

Bass Rene Pape, the world’s reigning Boris, reprises his tremendous portrayal of the tortured tsar caught between grasping ambition and crippling paranoia.

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Cinema

The Maltese Falcon (Reissue: 2021)

Sunday 10 October 2021

2:00 pm

John Huston’s directorial debut is rereleased onto the big screen for its 80th anniversary. Adapted from Dashiell Hammett’s novel, i’s the movie that turned Bogart into a major star.

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Cinema

Misha And The Wolves (captions)

Tuesday 12 October 2021

2:00 pm

A rabbit warren of twists and turns, Misha and the Wolves is a gripping tale of secrets and revelations, the lies we tell and the stories we choose to believe.

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Cinema

Exhibition On Screen: Raphael Revealed

Tuesday 12 October 2021

7:30 pm

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Marking the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, the greatest exhibition ever held of his works took place in Rome. Exhibition on Screen was granted exclusive access to this once-in-a-lifetime show.

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Young People

Free

Young Art Kommunity: H2DANCE – Festival of the Future Workshop

Thursday 14 October 2021

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This session of YAK invites you to imagine what a festival of the future could look like, in a workshop with choreographers of H2DANCE and curators of ‘Fest en Fest’.

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Cinema

The V&A presents Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Thursday 14 October 2021

7:00 pm

More times available

A special cinema event that brings to life the magical world of a landmark exhibition that charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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Cinema

Rose Plays Julie (captions)

Friday 15 October 2021

2:00 pm

As an only child, Rose has enjoyed a loving relationship with her adoptive parents. However, for as long as she can remember she has wanted to know who her biological parents are and the facts of her true identity.

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Cinema

Tubby Hayes: A Man in a Hurry + Q&A

Saturday 23 October 2021

7:00 pm

This documentary film ‘Tubby Hayes – A Man in a Hurry’, is narrated by actor Martin Freeman, and charts the life and times of perhaps Britain’s greatest jazz exponent.

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Cinema

Cliff Richard Live – The Great 80 Tour (Live)

Wednesday 27 October 2021

7:20 pm

Featuring a selection of his greatest hits, this will be Cliff Richard’s most exciting tour yet. His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.

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Cinema

Cliff Richard – The Great 80 Tour (Recorded)

Saturday 30 October 2021

2:20 pm

More times available

Featuring a selection of his greatest hits, this will be Cliff Richard’s most exciting tour yet. His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.

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Community and Partners

Free

Colchester Record Fair

Saturday 13 November 2021

10:00 am

Colchester’s Record Fair returns to Firstsite, a treat for both enthusiasts and casual collectors alike. Come browse through stall holders’ collections of vinyl and CDs from a vast range of genres. Grab yourself a bargain – or perhaps something a little rarer.  

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

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