Can you help keep Firstsite fantastic, fun and free?

The impact of shutting Firstsite has been huge for us and the communities we work with, which is why we are reaching out to you to help us.

Whatever you can give today can help us continue our work, collaborate with more communities and find creative solutions to the world we find in front of us.


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Our galleries, café, and shop are now open everyday 10am – 5pm, with cinema screenings into the evening. Find out what’s on.

There’s no need to book to visit, just turn up! Find out more about our new way of visiting.

Our new Feel Good Artist Activity Pack is available now – download your free copy here

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!

Find out about the extra precautions and measures we have put in place to help keep you and our staff safe during the pandemic 

Keeping you safe

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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