Firstsite

Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
High Street
Colchester
Essex
CO1 1JH
England

Website

www.firstsite.uk.net

E-mail

info@firstsite.uk.net

Telephone

01206 577067

Fax

+44 (0)1206 577 067

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Firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester, Essex. Our mission is to make contemporary art relevant to everyone.

Our integrated programme of work includes projects, exhibitions and publications by established and emerging artists, as well as extensive learning opportunities and artists’ support initiatives.

Over the last fifteen years firstsite has gained a strong reputation by presenting ambitious work to new audiences in the East of England and beyond.

Firstsite’s new building was designed by the Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. His design was selected by a worldwide architectural competition that attracted more than 100 entries.

The crescent shape was created to wrap around the existing D-shaped garden of East Hill House, leaving intact the established arc of mature trees.

Its low-lying, single-storey design nestles in the landscape, with minimum disruption to Colchester’s historic roofscape.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Exhibition Spaces and Shop

Monday - Sunday 10am – 5pm

MUSA Café Restaurant

For seasonal opening times, telephone 01206 713 713

Admission charges

Entry is free. Most events are free unless otherwise stated.

firstsite has no permanent collection.

Collection details

Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Frank: Extraordinary Musicians

  • 2 October 2014 From 7:30pm

Dir. Lenny Abrahamson (2014) 93 mins, Cert. 15

With stand-out performances Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender (in a fiberglass mask for most of the time), Frank follows the charming real life tale of Jon as he joins an eccentric pop band and leaps into the offbeat and quirky world of British rock and pop star Frank Sidebottom. Film critic, Mark Kermode cited it as his top film of 2014 so far, not to be missed.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Dinky & Club, photo: Judith Merritt

Dinky Disco and Club Dinky

  • 28 September 2014 2-4:30pm

Dinky Disco for under 3s AND under 7s and their parents 2 – 3pm

Sunday 8 June
Sunday 28 September

Club Dinky for under 7s and their parents 3.30 - 4.30pm

Sunday 28 September

Learning Studios

Bring your under 3s or under 7s to Dinky here at firstsite. With proper DJ Stereofreakz, chill out zone, colour and art.

£4 per child, £2 per adult, booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

£4 per child, £2 per adult, booking essential.

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/dinky-disco-club-dinky

Y.A.K. zine: A gallery in magazine form

  • 14 June — 21 September 2014 *on now

A young people-led publication of original work produced and edited by Y.A.K. in response to project themes. Past editions are available in the firstsite shop.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

50p from the firstsite shop

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/y-a-k-zine-a-gallery-in-magazine-form

Gallery Staff Tours: Bruce McLean

  • 14 June — 21 September 2014 *on now

Wednesdays 11am, Saturdays and Sundays 2pm

Meet in the Entrance Space for an informal walk through the current exhibition with a member of gallery staff.

Free, just drop in.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/gallery-staff-tours

Sculpture Kit

  • 14 June — 21 September 2014 *on now

A brilliant kit to build your own sculpture inspired by Bruce McLean's exhibition at firstsite. See the show, then make something extraordinary and place it on its own tiny plinth. Devised by firstsite's Family Advisory Group.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Kits £1 available to buy from firstsite's shop

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/sculpture-it-art-games-in-the-garden

Bruce McLean, A Jug, A Piece of Floor, A Certain Smile, A New Front Door, 1977 Private collection, London. Image courtesy the artist. Photo: Dave Morgan.

Bruce McLean: Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Film

  • 14 June — 30 November 2014 *on now

Saturday 14 June – Sunday 30 November 2014

firstsite announces the first major survey of the work of Bruce McLean (b. Glasgow, 1944). Tracing the career of an artist who was at the forefront of the development of Conceptual art in Britain in the 1960s, the exhibition will feature over 100 works across 5 decades including working drawings and photographs never previously exhibited. Sculpture, painting, photography, drawings, ceramics and film will be presented across seven galleries occupying 855 square metres.

Characterised by wit and an often ironic sensibility, Bruce McLean’s work has employed a range of media since the late 1960s. Often considering ‘the condition of sculpture’, McLean has explored the parameters of what a sculpture could be and tested conventional definitions, modes of production and display. These investigations have acted as a critique of social and academic hierarchies at work within the production and exhibition of contemporary art.

A student of Anthony Caro and Phillip King at St. Martin's School of Art, London, McLean was a leading Conceptual artist who challenged the formalist tendencies that were upheld by his tutors. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he adopted an unconventional approach that often involved working outside the studio or gallery to produce works in the natural or urban landscape. This exhibition will include key examples of his Street Works, Floataways, Shoreskapes and Rockskapes photographic series, which placed process and production at the heart of his endeavour.

Other early works, including Mirror Work, Barnes Common (1969); Installation for Various Parts of the Body (1969) and Pose Piece for Three Plinths Work (1971), introduced the notion of ‘pose’ and an approach to using the body as sculptural material which he explored further through live action and performance in the 1970s, most notably as part of Nice Style, ‘the World’s first Pose Band’. The exhibition will also present a number of recent paintings alongside significant works from the 1980s and 90s, including Ambre Solaire and Going for God II (both 1982), two of the largest and earliest works on canvas, and Jaffa Jaffa Jaffa (1991), a four-metre long painting on steel panel.

The exhibition will feature one of McLean’s major public commissions, a 5.5-metre high steel sculpture entitled Ludgate Head (1992), originally sited on Fleet Place in the City of London. A selection of films will be shown in timed screenings in the auditorium in addition to gallery presentations of Urban Turban (1994) and In the Shadow of Your Smile Bob (1971), a film that McLean made in response to a photograph of the artist Robert Morris that was published in the catalogue for the exhibition When Attitudes Become Form (1969).

The exhibition draws upon public and private collections in the UK and Europe, including the Arnolfini, Bristol; the Arts Council Collection; the British Council; British Land; Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna; David Roberts Collection, London; the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Tate and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. The exhibition builds upon renewed critical attention and follows a solo exhibition of early and recent work at Leeds Art Gallery, Bruce McLean: Another Condition of Sculpture (15 February – 11 May 2014). It is supported by the Henry Moore Foundation.

A 208-page monograph, edited by firstsite’s Senior Curator, Michelle Cotton, will be launched during the exhibition. It features new essays by Clarrie Wallis, Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art, Tate Britain and Michelle Cotton and an extended interview with the artist. These are accompanied by over 100 illustrations including new paintings, previously unpublished drawings, posters and ephemera. Covering a period of almost 50 years, it will be the most comprehensive publication on McLean’s work to date.

Bruce McLean (b. 1944, Glasgow) studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1961 to 1963, and then at St. Martin’s School of Art, London from 1963 to 1966, where he was taught by Anthony Caro and Phillip King. From 1966, he has held teaching posts at Croydon School of Art; Maidstone College of Art; Stadelschüle, Frankfurt; Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam; and the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London, where he was Head of Graduate Painting from 2002 to 2010. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Leeds Art Gallery (2014); The New Art Gallery Walsall (2010); Chelsea Space, London (2006); Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh (2000); Norwich Gallery (1996); Arnolfini, Bristol (1990, 1980); Henry Moore Sculpture Studio, Toronto (1990); Tate Gallery, London (1985, 1972); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1983); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1982); Kunsthalle Basel (1981); Third Eye Centre, Glasgow; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (1980); Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1975); and Nova Scotia College of Art Gallery, Halifax (1970). His work has been presented in significant survey exhibitions, including documenta 6 and 7, Kassel (1977, 1982); Zeitgeist, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (1982); A New Spirit of Painting, Royal Academy of Arts, London (1981); Information, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1970); Op Losse Schroeven, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1969) and When Attitudes Become Form, Kunsthalle Bern (1969). He was awarded the John Moores Painting Prize in 1985, and currently lives and works in London.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/

Art Games in the Garden

  • 14 June — 21 September 2014 *on now

Try out our art games during the summer holidays if the weather is fine. Pick them up from firstsite reception and take them into the garden.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/sculpture-it-art-games-in-the-garden

Y.A.P. (Young Arty People) New free monthly session!

  • 20 September 2014 12-2pm

Create, inspire, invite, an exciting opportunity for young people aged 11 - 14 years to participate in art activities and plan events for friends at firstsite with Artist Jess White.

You will meet other young people, give your opinions, learn new art skills and gain experience of working in the arts. Free food and drinks will be provided at these monthly meet-ups.

Free, lunch provided, booking essential.

If you are interested but want to know more, please email Jess: jess@firstsite.uk.net

Suitable for

  • 11-13

Circuit at The Waiting Room

  • 23 September 2014 7-9pm

Y.A.K. is firstsite's young people led group who programme events and activities exploring socio-culture. Y.A.K. is part of Circuit, a national programme connecting young people to the arts (led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation). Y.A.K. has worked with visual artists, dancers, film-makers, graphic designers, performance artists and street artists. Planned future collaborations include sessions with chef Charlie Stocker and Colchester Film Festival.

Join Circuit artist Mandy Roberts to try out some new and old techniques to create your own visual art.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
Art in the community, photo: Judith Merritt

Art in the Community

  • 24 September 2014 2:30-4:30pm

A session where you can use our spaces to create your own art. A firstsite staff member will be on hand along with a basic range of materials. Please bring any specialist materials that you need.

Open to people who have previously attended Art in the Community with Clive Wakeford but also welcome any new participants.

Please contact Clive via email if you have any queries: artbyclive@yahoo.co.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, just drop-in

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/art-in-the-community-2

twenty-somethings in the arts, photo: Judith Merritt

Twenty-Somethings in the Arts

  • 14 November 2014 1-4pm

Following on from the success of the first session, artist Jess White will lead these afternoons to include presentations by participants about their skills and skill-swapping, creative role play and information on our Associate Artist scheme. Participants will also be invited to bring work for inclusion in a visual crit group.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/twenty-somethings-in-the-arts

Limitless Freestyle Basketball Skills

  • 19 September — 17 October 2014 *on now

8 - 11 years

A session to try out the basics of freestyle basketball in a cool and relaxed space. Led by specialists in basketball skills. Wear suitable clothing: comfortable loose t -shirt or hoodie with tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/culture-drop-in

The Invisible Women - Coffee Morning Screening

  • 19 September 2014 From 11:30am *on now

Refreshments available from 10am in MUSA (please note film will start at 11.30am)

Dir. Ralph Fiennes (2013), 111 mins, Cert. 12A

This period drama tracks Nelly as she meets Charles Dickens at the height of his career and becomes his encompassing passion and muse. Ralph Fiennes portrays Dickens as a warm yet emotionally subdued character and Felicity Jones brings Nelly vividly to life where the character remained 'invisible'.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£7.50 (includes hot drink and a cake before the film)

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/the-invisible-women-coffee-morning

Big Night - Six of the Best

  • 19 September 2014 From 7pm *on now

Dir. Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci (1996), 107 mins, Cert. 15

Big Night follows two brothers as they journey from Italy to New Jersey to open an authentic Italian restaurant.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/big-night-six-of-the-best

Free Family Saturday - Minimal Vs Maximal

  • 20 September 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Try your hand at something or nothing, loads or little, millions or minimums.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/free-family-saturday-2

Limitless Dance Performance Group 15 - 25 years

  • 22 September 2014 — 26 January 2015

A session to try out the basics of breaking in a cool and relaxed space. With local dancers Limitless, specialising in breaking and basketball skills. Bring suitable clothing: beanie, loose t-shirt or hoodie with tracksuit bottoms and trainers. There will be opportunities for performance and collaboration with artists and other dancers.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Circuit @ The Waiting Room 15 - 25 years

  • 23 September 2014 — 27 January 2015

Tuesday Fortnightly

Join Circuit artist Mandy Roberts to explore the local environment, St Botolph’s, and beyond!

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/circuit-the-waiting-room

Art Makers for 5 - 7 year olds

  • 23 September — 21 October 2014
  • 11 November — 9 December 2014

Try out new art styles using fine materials, with a great artist to lead you making and creating. The sessions culminate in a mini exhibition for friends and family to attend.

Suitable for

  • 5-6

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/art-makers-for-children-aged-5-7-years

Craft Club Tuesdays

  • 23 September — 21 October 2014
  • 11 November — 9 December 2014

7 - 11 years

Join members of the Colchester and Colne Embroiderers Group to try out crafting and sewing.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/culture-drop-in

Limitless Breaking Tuesdays

  • 23 September — 21 October 2014
  • 11 November — 9 December 2014

8 - 11 year olds

A session to try out the basics of breaking in a cool and relaxed space. With local dancers Limitless, specialising in breaking and basketball skills. Wear suitable clothing: comfortable, loose t -shirt or hoodie with tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/culture-drop-in

Flow Group 15 - 25

  • 24 September 2014 — 28 January 2015

The Flow Group meets to spin 'flow toys'; teach and learn from each other; while having fun and meeting new people. There is also opportunities for performance, teaching and fire spinning.


*'Flow Toys' refers to toys for manipulation, dancing, tricks or performance that requires focused motivation. This can result in a positive, energized and happy state of mind .Using hula-hoops, poi, staff, juggling balls, contact juggling, unicycle, diabolo, devil sticks and crash mats. Please feel free to bring your own toys, but we also provide equipment.

Suitable for

  • 16-17

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/flow-group-2

Painting Wednesdays

  • 24 September — 22 October 2014
  • 12 November — 10 December 2014

8 - 11 years

If you love drawing, join us for a session to try out new skills and painting techniques, take home something you create each week.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/culture-drop-in

Sculpting the Space

  • 25 September — 23 October 2014

Working with artist Jo Chapman, participants will work with a different material and technique each week to explore making sculptural forms. Materials will range from found objects, paper, clay and casting. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with new techniques, the use of scale, how to develop ideas, the language of the 3 Dimensional, to create individual artworks.

Admission

£65 for five-week course, all materials included

Painting, Printing and Drawing: Art for 11 - 14 year olds

  • 25 September — 23 October 2014
  • 13 November — 11 December 2014

A brand new after school session for arty young people. You’ll try out new techniques and materials with a professional artist.

Suitable for

  • 11-13

Admission

Drop in session £4 per week or £32 for 10 sessions (getting 2 sessions free)

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/painting-printing-and-drawing-art-for-11-14-year-olds

Dollop: Sensory play for under 2s

  • 25 September — 23 October 2014
  • 13 November — 11 December 2014

Creative play for children and their parents / carers. Join our artists each week to investigate texture, colour and shape and learn together through game playing and creative work.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£4.50 per child per session (adult included).

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/dollop-sensory-play-for-under-2s

Squidge: Creative play for pre-school children

  • 25 September — 23 October 2014
  • 13 November — 11 December 2014

Find a mixture of everyday and unusual materials, and intriguing sensory activities for you and your children to experiment with.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£4.50 per child per session (adult included).

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/squidge-creative-play-for-pre-school-children

Dance and Mvoement for Well Being

  • 26 September — 24 October 2014
  • 14 November — 12 December 2014

Suitable for over 60s

A gentle session suitable for those who wish to ease joint mobility, improve agility, balance and self awareness in movement. All movements will be adaptable to suit individual needs, including those who wish to participate while seated.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/dance-and-movement-for-well-being-suitable-for-over-60s-2

Born Free: Autism Friendly Family Film

  • 27 September 2014 From 10:30am

firstsite continues these screenings for families who have members on the autism spectrum or need a relaxed screening. A comfortable and easy going welcome is offered where the lights will be at a low level not dark and the volume is slightly quieter. Cinema goers are free to move around, make sounds or noise or come and go in the auditorium. There are no trailers in our cinema and you can bring your own snacks to this screening.

10.30am, Auditorium

Dir. James Hill, Tom McGowan (1966) 95 mins, Cert. U

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Born Free Foundation we are screening this timeless classic about the rescue of endangered animals. It follows the tale of Kenyan Game Warden George Adamson and his wife Joy adopting and raising three orphaned lion cubs; taking a particular shine to the one they call Elsa before helping her return to the wild.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/born-free-autism-friendly-family-film

Born Free: Family Film Saturdays

  • 27 September 2014 From 1pm

Dir. James Hill, Tom McGowan (1966) 95 mins, Cert. U

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Born Free Foundation we are screening this timeless classic about the rescue of endangered animals. It follows the tale of Kenyan Game Warden George Adamson and his wife Joy adopting and raising three orphaned lion cubs; taking a particular shine to the one they call Elsa before helping her return to the wild.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50 per person

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/born-free-family-film-saturdays

Free Family Saturdays - Artists Can Change the World

  • 27 — 26 September 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

They probably can, but if you are the artist what will you do to change it using art to help you on the way?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/free-family-saturday-2

Under Milk Wood: Anniversary Screening

  • 3 October 2014 From 11:30am

To mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth we screen this film adaptation of Thomas’ play for voices Under Milk Wood. With a star central performance from Burton and cameos from Taylor and O’Toole, the film features loving character studies and the vividly imagined cobbled streets of Llareggub.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£6, £3.50 concession, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/under-milk-wood-anniversary-screening

We Are The Best: Young People

  • 3 October 2014 From 6pm

Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band despite not having any instruments and being told by everybody that punk is dead. Brilliant, bonkers, hilarious!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/we-are-the-best-young-people

Free Family Saturdays - Nothing or Something

  • 4 October 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Just as it says, create something from nothing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/free-family-saturday-2

Lilting: LGBT

  • 9 October 2014 From 7:30pm

A moving and affecting drama. A Cambodian-Chinese mother (Pei-pei Cheng) mourns the untimely death of her son when her world is suddenly disrupted by the presence of stranger; Richard. Through a translator they piece together memories of a man they both loved dearly, and realise that whilst they may not share a language, they are connected in their grief.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members,

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/lilting-lgbt

The Railway Man: Coffee Morning Screening

  • 10 October 2014

Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world. Years later, he met Patti, a beautiful woman, on a train and fell in love. Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor? Would she stand by him, whatever he did?

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£7.50 includes hot drink and cake

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/belle-coffee-morning-screening

For Queen and Country: Black History Month

  • 10 October 2014 From 7:30pm

A tight social drama set amongst Thatcher’s Britain with a captivating central performance from Denzel Washington. Ex paratropper Reuben James (Washington) returns after serving nine years in the British Army to find a disillusioned community at home and his own life turned upside down by citizenship issues.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/for-queen-and-country-black-history-month

Artist Talk by Eleanor Moreton

  • 11 October 2014 2-3:30pm

Paintclubeast is delighted to invite Eleanor Moreton to deliver a talk on her practice. Eleanor specifically uses the nature and the process of paint to explore paradox within images drawn from art history and mythology. This is one in an ongoing series of talks and events organised by Paintclubeast hosted at firstsite, inviting a range of quality speakers to reflect on painting practice in its broadest sense and to contribute to developing critical discourse. For more information about Eleanor Moreton, please visit: www.eleanormoreton.co.uk

For more information about Paintclubeast, please visit: http://paintclubeast.co.uk/

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Admission

Free entry for Paintclubeast members. Non-members: £5.

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/paintclubeast-presents-artist-talk-by-eleanor-moreton

Working the Land: Farm Life in East Anglia

  • 12 October 2014 From 2pm

A selection of delightful and unusual archive footage screened in partnership with the East Anglian Film Archive.


The farm is the major employer in 1920s East Anglia with an interdependent relationship with the village. Featuring interviews with farmers and labourers and using rare film from Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/working-the-land-farm-life-in-east-anglia-eafa

firstsite Salon

  • 16 October 2014 7-9pm

My Last Breath by Luis Buñuel is October’s book chosen by Bruce McLean.

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/firstsite-salon

Starred Up: Unseen Cinema

  • 16 October 2014 From 7:30pm

An eclectic selection not shown previously in Colchester selected by Colchester Film Festival Directors.

Dir. David Mackenzie (2013) 106 mins, Cert. 18

An uncompromising and visceral portrait of life inside, Starred Up showcases emerging talent Jack O’Connell as Eric, a violent young offender thrown into the dark world of an adult prison. As the central character forges allegiances with other prisoners, he learns that his rage can be overcome and discovers the new rules of survival. A rich, edgy and realistic British film.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/starred-up-unseen-cinema

Spirited Away: Autism Friendly Family Film

  • 18 October 2014 From 10:30am

firstsite continues these screenings for families who have members on the autism spectrum or need a relaxed screening. A comfortable and easy going welcome is offered where the lights will be at a low level not dark and the volume is slightly quieter. Cinema goers are free to move around, make sounds or noise or come and go in the auditorium. There are no trailers in our cinema and you can bring your own snacks to this screening.


Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (2001) 125 mins, Cert. PG

To celebrate the release of The Wind Rises, the final film from Studio Ghibli’s Hizako Miyazki we screen one of his best. Spirited Away follows a young girl on a fantastical journey as her family moves to the suburbs, she wanders into a world ruled by Gods, witches, and monsters and where humans are changed into animals.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50 per person

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/spirited-away-autism-friendly-family-film

Day Dream Cinema: Belle

  • 24 October 2014 From 11am

Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in eighteenth century England. The colour of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. This exquisitely made historical drama is often linked to a famous painting by Johann Zoffany now hanging in Scone Palace.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£6 (includes one adult and baby),

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/day-dream-cinema-belle

Creative Family Drop-In Halloween Half Term

  • 27 — 31 October 2014

11am - 12.30pm and 2 - 3.30pm

6 - 11 year olds

How many paper pumpkins can you fit into an art gallery? Carve or draw your own pumpkin designs and add it to our mass display or take it home with you.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£2

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/creative-family-drop-in-halloween-half-term

Halloween Art Creators 8 - 11 years

  • 28 — 29 October 2014 1:30-3:30pm

Enjoy loads of terrific new art techniques and creative activities with one of our excellent artists.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£25 for two days

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/halloween-art-makers-for-ages-5-7-year-ol

Halloween Art Makers 5 - 7 year olds

  • 28 — 29 October 2014 10:30am-12pm

Enjoy loads of terrific new art techniques and creative activities with one of our excellent artists.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£25 for two days

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/halloween-art-makers-for-ages-5-7-year-ol

Halloween Cos Play and Costume Creation Course for 11 - 16 years

  • 30 — 31 October 2014 11am-3pm

Design and create your own version of a Cos Play character costume over two days by refashioning and remaking. Inspired by anime films and Manga drawings your costume will be ready to wear by Halloween.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£30 for 2 day course including materials (bring your own lunch)

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/halloween-cos-play-and-costume-creation-course-for-11-16-years

The Shining: Halloween Cinema Season

  • 4 November 2014 From 7:30pm

This classic horror sees a family heads to a remote hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence. His psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and the future. This film features Jack Nicolson at his most terrifying and outstanding on the big screen.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/the-shining-halloween-cinema-season

Wings of Desire: Anniversary Screening

  • 7 November 2014 From 11:30am

To mark 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall we screen Wings of Desire, a transcendent tale of angels in Berlin. This black and white film is a stunning cinematic pleasure.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/wings-of-desire-anniversary-screenings

The Hunger Games: Young People

  • 7 November 2014 From 6pm

Gary Ross (2012) 142 mins, Cert. 15

Katniss Everdeen takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games; a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compet

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/the-hunger-games-young-people

Learn to make your own maquettes for sculpture

  • 9 November 2014 1-4pm

A skills and design session to learn the basics of maquette creation inspired by Bruce McLean's sculptures. Using a variety of materials, you will leave at the end of the day with completed maquettes.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30 including all materials

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/learn-to-make-your-own-maquettes-for-culpture

The Cabinet of Dr Calagari: Halloween Cinema Season

  • 11 November 2014 From 7:30pm

Dir. Robert Wiene (1919) 66 mins, Cert. U

A milestone and masterpiece of the silent film era, this German expressionist art film from 1919 tells the story of the hypnotist Dr. Caligari and a sinister sleepwalker who are suspected of murder. Their novelty act is surrounded by more supernatural implications.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/the-cabinet-of-dr-caligari-halloween-cinema-season

Painting the Space

  • 13 November — 11 December 2014

Sessions exploring painting in the space. Responding to firstsite’s exhibition and spaces you will try out new techniques and explore your own art practice.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£65 for five-week course, all materials included

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/painting-the-space

Suffolk Past: The Country Our Parents Knew

  • 16 November 2014 From 2pm

Suffolk, 1913. Most people work on the land, the school is at the centre of the village and the toilet is a bucket. Within sixty years, the county will change beyond all recognition. Features archive films from Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Southwold and more.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/suffolk-past-the-country-our-parents-knew-eafa

Learn to make and stretch your own canvas

  • 16 November 2014 1-4pm

A skills session to learn the basics of canvas making and stretching. You will leave at the end of the day with stretched canvas ready to paint on.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30 including all materials

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/learn-to-make-and-stretch-your-own-canvas

Seventh Seal: Halloween Cinema Season

  • 18 November 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Stunning stylish and packed full of symbolic visual imagery Bergman’s The Seventh Seal takes us through a complex existential drama. Set during the Black Plague a man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he challenges the Grim Reaper to a game of chess.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/seventh-seal-halloween-cinema-season

Boyhood: Unseen Cinema

  • 20 November 2014 From 7:30pm

A huge and extraordinary undertaking, director Linklater brings us Boyhood, filmed over a period of 12 years with the same cast; we follow family life as central character Mason grows from age 5 to 18. At times, heartbreaking or exhilarating Boyhood is a warm and insightful epic.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/boyhoood-unseen-cinema

Chicken: Advance Preview

  • 21 November 2014 From 7:30pm

Richard (Scott Chambers) is 15 years old with learning difficulties. He lives in a caravan with his destructive brother, Polly (Morgan Watkins) and his chicken, Fiona. When the land they live on is bought by a new landowner, their already precarious living conditions get even worse. Scott Chambers is an emerging young talent born and brought up in Colchester. Also starring Yasmin Paige(The Double, Submarine). With an introduction from the director and a Q&A.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£6, £3.50 concession, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/chicken-advance-preview

Toy Story: Family Film Saturdays

  • 22 November 2014 From 1pm

On the anniversary of the release of Toy Story, the world's first feature-length computer-animated film, enjoy a special screening of Toy Story along with a free movie mocktail.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/toy-story-family-film-saturdays

Toy Story: Autism Friendly Family Film

  • 22 November 2014 From 10:30am

firstsite continues these screenings for families who have members on the autism spectrum or need a relaxed screening. A comfortable and easy going welcome is offered where the lights will be at a low level not dark and the volume is slightly quieter. Cinema goers are free to move around, make sounds or noise or come and go in the auditorium. There are no trailers in our cinema and you can bring your own snacks to this screening.

Dir. John Lasseter (1995) 81 mins, Cert. PG

On the anniversary of the release of Toy Story, the world's first feature-length computer-animated film, enjoy a special screening of Toy Story along with a free movie mocktail.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/toy-story-autism-friendly-family-film

20,000 Days on Earth: Extraordinary Musicians

  • 27 November 2014 From 7:30pm

A bold and unique look at one of the most mysterious and charismatic figures in music, the iconic musician and writer Nick Cave. Defying traditional rock documentary aesthetics, directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard push the genre to unexplored territory, presenting a vision of an artist in a way that is unconventional yet undeniably intimate.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/20-000-days-on-earth-extraordinary-musicians

Through the night at the museum: Sleeping in the gallery

  • 29 — 30 November 2014 10pm-9:30am

Pack your duvet or sleeping bag, load up on torches and join us for a unique experience! You will enjoy an artist designed cocktail, night-time tour around the galleries, acoustic music to lull you through until the midnight hours, a special midnight screening with hot chocolate and finally a hearty breakfast of bacon rolls and strong coffee to welcome the new day.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£25 per person

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/through-the-night-at-the-museum-sleeping-in-the-gallery

Sculptures After Dark Family Event

  • 29 November 2014 6:30-9pm

Suitable for families with children aged 6 - 12 years

A special event for families to see our building and sculptures in the dark. All the lights will be switched off and you can bring your favourite torches along to help guide you around the extraordinary spaces then follow a glow-trail around the building before finishing with a warming hot chocolate.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£3 per person

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/sculptures-after-dark-family-event

Christmas Craft Sessions

  • 30 November 2014 11am-4pm
  • 7 December 2014 11am-4pm

Create a unique Christmas gift.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Two Days for £100

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/christmas-craft-sessions

Fault in our Stars: Young People

  • 5 December 2014 From 6pm

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a scorn for the conformist, and a love that takes them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more astonishing given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/fault-in-our-stars-young-people

The Great White Silence: Anniversary Screening

  • 5 December 2014 From 11:30am

To mark 100 years since Shackleton’s Antarctic expeditions this film tells the story of the ill-fated British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913) led by Captain Scott. Joining Scott on board the Terra Nova was official photographer and cinematographer Herbert Ponting, the images that he captured have fired imaginations ever since.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members,

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/the-great-white-silence-anniversary-screenings

Touch of Sin: World Cinema Season

  • 7 December 2014 From 2pm

A new series of world cinema with support from the Film Hub Central East. Local communities in Essex are welcome to suggest films for our winter / spring seasons. As an introduction, we have programmed three films from the East. To join the project or to suggest a film email: judith@firstsite.uk.net

Dir. Zhangke Jia (2013) 120mins, Cert. 15

A reflection on contemporary China told through four people in four different provinces. An angry miner revolts against the corruption of his village leaders. A migrant worker at home for the New Year discovers the infinite possibilities a firearm can offer. A pretty receptionist at a sauna is pushed to the limit when a rich client assaults her and a young factory worker goes from job to job trying to improve his lot in life.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/touch-of-sin-world-cinema-series

Frozen Sing Along and Art

  • 13 December 2014 1-4pm

Pre-movie icy mocktails, popcorn and arty Frozen activities, including Olaf Christmas cards, rainbow reindeer food mixing and a sparkly snowflake covered grotto.

Dir. Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee (2013) 102 mins, Cert. PG

Courageous optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic expedition, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hysterical snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5.00 per person (includes refreshments, materials, film and activities)

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/not-finished-frozen-singalong-and-art

Laugh Yourself Silly: EAFA

  • 14 December 2014 2-4pm

A selection of delightful and unusual archive footage screened in partnership with the East Anglian Film Archive.

Comedy archive shorts selected by Jack Williams (firstsite’s Young Film programmer)

A range of short comedy films from 1900-1970s. A selection of intriguing comic films shows the outlandish charm of life in the past.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/laugh-yourself-silly-eafa

Snowpiercer: Unseen Cinema

  • 18 December 2014 From 7:30pm

An eclectic selection not shown previously in Colchester selected by Colchester Film Festival Directors.

Dir. Joon-ho Bong (2013) 126 mins, Cert.18

A failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system then emerges. A sci-fi thriller full of surprises, Snowpeircer is based on a French graphic novel from which film director Joon Ho delivers a dystopian cinematic treat.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/snowpiercer-unseen-cinema

Maleficient: Family Film Saturdays

  • 20 December 2014 From 3pm

Dir. Robert Stromberg (2014) 97 mins, Cert. PG

Angelina Jolie shines in this twist on the traditional Sleeping Beauty story. This is the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain; an unforgiving fairy who is driven to curse an infant princess, only to learn that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Admission

£2.50

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/maleficent-family-film-saturdays

Maleficent: Autism Friendly Family Film

  • 20 December 2014 From 1pm

firstsite continues these screenings for families who have members on the autism spectrum or need a relaxed screening. A comfortable and easy going welcome is offered where the lights will be at a low level not dark and the volume is slightly quieter. Cinema goers are free to move around, make sounds or noise or come and go in the auditorium. There are no trailers in our cinema and you can bring your own snacks to this screening.

Dir. Robert Stromberg (2014) 97 mins, Cert. PG

Angelina Jolie shines in this twist on the traditional Sleeping Beauty story. This is the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain; an unforgiving fairy who is driven to curse an infant princess, only to learn that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/maleficent-autism-friendly-family-film

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