We’re still open! 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! See what’s on

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Exhibitions

Free

Mark Titchner: Some questions about Colchester

Friday 13 March 2020 - Monday 1 March 2021

Artist Mark Titchner has produced a new series of public artworks across Colchester, entitled ‘Some questions about Colchester’, which are placed in the windows of vacant shop units around the town centre. This follows on from Mark‘s exhibition at…

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Exhibitions

Free

Tell me the story of all these things

Friday 24 July - Sunday 1 November 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Firstsite and the Arts Council Collection present ‘Tell me the story of all these things’, featuring artworks made by some of Britain’s best-known artists, including Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Cornelia Parker and Gillian Wearing – each selected by radical…

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Exhibitions

Free

Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies: Borders

Friday 24 July - Sunday 1 November 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies explore their mutual border, the River Stour, in an exhibition that celebrates the thriving creativity of the region, the joy of making and the enjoyment and well-being gained through experiencing art.

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Exhibitions

Free

Sonia Coode-Adams: Lockdown Garden

Friday 24 July - Sunday 22 November 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

‘Lockdown Garden’ features tranquil watercolour landscapes of the garden at Feeringbury Manor, created by the artist during the imposed lockdown.

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Exhibitions

Free

Phyllida Barlow

Friday 24 July 2020 - Sunday 17 January 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This presentation of Phyllida Barlow’s sculptures in our Welcome Area leads our reopening following the imposed lockdown due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Exhibitions

Free

@background_bob and his amazing friends

Saturday 24 October 2020 - Sunday 31 January 2021

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Coming soon to Firstsite, an uplifting exhibition featuring artworks from artists across the world, brought together by @background_bob.

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Art is where the home is

Online Workshop: Painting with Simon Carter

Tuesday 27 - Thursday 29 October 2020

10:00 am - 11:30 am , Suitable for all abilities

Join artist Simon Carter for a three-day online drawing and painting workshop, live via Zoom from his studio.

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun | Move | October Half Term 2020

Wednesday 28 October 2020

11:00 am

More times available

Keep children active this October Half Term with sports activities outside. As part of our Holiday Fun programme that runs every school holiday.

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun | Canteen | October Half Term 2020

Wednesday 28 October 2020

12:00 pm

More times available

Enjoy a hot and nutritious meal at the Firstsite Canteen this October Half Term, free for both children and their caregivers. As part of our Holiday Fun programme.

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Cinema

The Secret Garden (2020)

Wednesday 28 October 2020

2:00 pm

More times available

‘The Secret Garden’ tells the story of Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx), a prickly and unloved 10-year-old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents.

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Cinema

Met Opera: Tosca

Wednesday 28 October 2020

7:00 pm

Metropolitan Opera | Sir David McVicar’s bold new staging of Tosca, Puccini’s operatic thriller of Napoleonic Rome.

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun |Takeaway Lunches | October Half Term 2020

Thursday 29 October 2020

More times available

Families can enjoy a hot and nutritious meal to take away from the Firstsite Canteen, free for both children and their caregivers.

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Cinema

The Wolfwalkers

Thursday 29 October 2020

11:00 am

More times available

Wolfwalkers a young apprentice hunter who journeys to Ireland with her father in a time of superstition and magic to wipe out the last wolf pack.

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Cinema

Capital in the 21st Century

Thursday 29 October 2020

7:00 pm

Capital in the 21st Century is a documentary about modern-day capitalism, based on the powerful book by economist Thomas Piketty.

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Cinema

On the Rocks

Friday 30 October 2020

7:00 pm

More times available

A young New York mother teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father (Bill Murray) to tail her husband in a bittersweet comedy by Sofia Coppola.

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Cinema

Eternal Beauty

Saturday 31 October 2020

5:00 pm

More times available

When Jane (Sally Hawkins) is dumped at the altar she has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where love and family relationships collide.

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Cinema

Host + Q&A

Saturday 31 October 2020

7:30 pm

This screening is followed by a Q&A featuring director Rob Savage, writers Jed Shepherd and Gemma Hurley plus members of the cast. HOST is the story of six friends who hire a medium to hold a séance over Zoom…

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Cinema

Uncle Vanya

Sunday 1 November 2020

2:00 pm

Sonya and her Uncle Vanya (Toby Jones) while away their time on an isolated estate, visited occasionally only by the local doctor Astrov (Richard Armitage).

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Cinema

A Perfectly Normal Family

Monday 2 November 2020

7:00 pm

A Perfectly Normal Family tells the story of Emma, whose father Thomas announces that he has chosen to identify as a woman.

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Cinema

The Ladykillers (65th Anniversary 4K Restoration)

Thursday 5 November 2020

2:00 pm

To celebrate its 65th anniversary Ealing Studios’ The Ladykillers has been restored in stunning 4k showcasing Alexander Mackendrick’s full glory.

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Cinema

Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace

Thursday 5 November 2020

7:30 pm

‘Idiot Prayer’ sees Nick Cave play his songs at the piano in a rarely seen stripped back form, from early Bad Seeds, right through to his most recent album.

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Cinema

Kajillionaire

Friday 6 November 2020

7:00 pm

More times available

From acclaimed writer/director Miranda July comes a profoundly moving and wildly original comedy starring Debra Winger and Evan Rachel Wood.

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£4 Family Favourites

Family

Inside Out

Saturday 7 November 2020

11:00 am

More times available

See classic kids cinema every weekend with our Family Favourites screenings. Tickets just £4 per person! Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father…

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Cinema

Beyond The Visible: Hilma Af Klint

Saturday 7 November 2020

2:00 pm

More times available

Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, who in 1906 began to reel out a series of huge and colourful artworks.

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Cinema

Bolshoi Ballet: Lady of Camellias

Sunday 8 November 2020

2:00 pm

Choreographer John Neumeier adapts Alexandre Dumas Fils’s timeless novel for the stage with great sensitivity and depth in his work of rare beauty.

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Cinema

I am Greta

Sunday 8 November 2020

6:00 pm

The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary.

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Talks & Events

How refugees saved Colchester

Thursday 19 November 2020

6:30 pm

Join historian and honorary fellow of the Department of History at The University of Essex, David Grocott, to discover the economic impact of the arrival of the Dutch, and the enduring contribution immigrants made to the town.

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

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