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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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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, shop and MUSA Café Restaurant

Tuesday - Sunday 10am – 5pm

Christmas Eve – open until 2pm

Christmas Day – closed

Boxing Day – closed

Saturday 27 December – open 10am – 5pm

Sunday 28 December – open 10am – 5pm

Monday 29 December – open 10am – 5pm (school holiday opening)

Tuesday 30 December – open 10am – 5pm

New Year’s Eve – open until 2pm

New Year’s Day – closed

Friday 2 January – open 10am – 5pm

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

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.

Limitless Dance Performance Group 15 - 25 years

  • 22 September 2014 — 26 January 2015 *on now

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 *on now

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

Flow Group 15 - 25

  • 24 September 2014 — 28 January 2015 *on now

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

Death in Venice: LGBT

  • 8 January 2015 From 7:30pm

Dir. Luchino Visconti (1971) 125 mins, Cert. 12

Featuring a young Dirk Bogarde as Gustav Von Aschenbach, Death in Venice follows a composer absolutely absorbed in his work, as he arrives in Venice. Here he meets a young man by whose beauty he becomes obsessed. His intense affection and its inevitable and tragic penalty is told here in Visconti's brilliant work.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£6, £3.50 concession, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/death-in-venice-lgbt

The Wind Rises: World Cinema Series

  • 11 January 2015 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. Hayao Miyazaki (2013) 126 mins, Cert. PG

The latest film from Studio Ghibli director Miyazaki tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, from his boyhood dreams of becoming a pilot, to becoming one of the most innovative aircraft designers in the world. Jiro eventually makes fighter planes used during World War II. This film delivers gorgeous visuals, intelligent storytelling and mystery.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/the-wind-rises-world-cinema-series

Camille Claudel 1915: Coffee Morning Screenig

  • 16 January 2015 From 11:30am

Dir. Bruno Dumont (2013) 95 mins, Cert. PG

This historic biopic stars Juliette Binoche in mesmeric form as Camille Claudel (protégé of Auguste Rodin). Claudel is in an asylum trying to prove to her doctor that she is mentally stable while waiting in hope that her brother, the poet and Christian mystic Paul Claudel, will visit and consent to her discharge from the institution.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

£7.50 includes Hot drink and cake

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/camille-claudel-1915-coffee-morning-screenin

Advert-tastic: EAFA

  • 18 January 2015 From 2pm

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

Archive promotional adverts selected by Mary Dodds (firstsite Young Film programmer)

A humourous collection from 1926 - 1970s of advertisements for everything from mustard to filmmaking. There’s Colmans, Saxa Salt, Robinsons Barley and many more old favourites featured.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/advert-tastic-eafa

Begin Again: Unseen Cinema

  • 29 January 2015 From 7:30pm

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

Dir. John Carney (2013) 102 mins, Cert. 15

Begin Again brings us a career best role from Keira Knightly as she portrays a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan. A chance encounter between a disillusioned music-business executive turns into a promising collaboration between the two.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£6, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

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

The Circus: Autism Friendly Family Film

  • 31 January 2015 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. Charlie Chaplin (1928) 72 mins, Cert. U

This is one of the finest Chaplin silent comedies for which he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award. This is a great introduction to silent films for a younger audience.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50

Website

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

The Circus: Family Film Saturdays

  • 31 January 2015 From 3pm

Dir. Charlie Chaplin (1928) 72 mins, Cert. U

This is one of the finest Chaplin silent comedies for which he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award. This is a great introduction to silent films for a younger audience.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50

Website

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

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