First Time at Firstsite

First time at Firstsite or any art gallery?

Firstsite is made to be enjoyed by everyone, however visiting anywhere new can be daunting.

Our friendly and relaxed team are here to welcome you, and answer any questions.

When you enter through our sliding doors be sure to come up to our white welcome desk and say ‘hello’ – our staff can tell you all about our exhibitions, events and films. Gallery Assistants wearing Firstsite lanyards are also located throughout our galleries and love to answer your questions about the work – there are no silly questions!



‘Social Story’ for our Building

A Social Story is a narrative made to illustrate certain situations, like visiting somewhere you might not have been before. They can help people autism by providing information about what might happen, and provide structure for an activity. Tap the button below to download a Social Story for visiting Firstsite.

Download a Social Story

Enjoy Art – No Experience Necessary!

There are also no ‘right answers’ in art – you don’t have to ‘get it’ to enjoy it, just come in, take it in and explore your reactions.

Chatting is encouraged at Firstsite – it’s OK to talk and make some noise!

Taking time to experience art can bring huge benefits to your health and wellbeing, spark your imagination and give you a new perspective.

We also welcome photos with no flash in the gallery – if you add your visit to social media be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #NoExperienceNecessary to tell us what you thought of your first visit.

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

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