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.

What we do

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.
Roger Hiorns, Untitled 2010

Roger Hiorns: Untitled 2010

  • 23 November 2013 — 1 June 2014 *on now

Roger Hiorns' Untitled, 2012 will be displayed concurrently in firstsite's Entrance Space.

The sculpture consists of two engines from a decommissioned military surveillance aeroplane. The Boeing EC-135c aircraft was part of a fleet that gathered intelligence as part of an ongoing US initiative codenamed 'Operation Looking Glass', begun in 1961. Contained within the engines is a measure of crushed anti-depressant drugs.

The work explores Hiorns' interest in the advanced technology involved in creating a powerful, aggressive symbol of war, alongside the small, yet no less powerful and aggressive pharmaceutical. Making reference to the creation and alleviation of anxiety on both a national and personal level, it addresses the connection between global security and individual well-being. This will be the first time that the work has been presented indoors.

Untitled, 2010 was originally commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been generously gifted to the Arts Council Collection by the artist and Corvi Mora, London. The gift has been supported by The Henry Moore Foundation.

Roger Hiorns (b. 1975, Birmingham) has held solo exhibitions at the Hepworth Wakefield; De Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem (2013); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; Art Institute of Chicago (2010); Tate Britain, London (2003, 2009); Camden Arts Centre, London (2007); Milton Keynes Gallery (2006) and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2003). He has participated in significant survey exhibitions including the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); British Art Show 6 and 7 (2005, 2011); Busan Biennale (2008) and the 1st Athens Biennial (2007). In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. His sculpture Untitled, 2008 formed part of firstsite's 2012 exhibition News From Nowhere. Hiorns lives and works in London.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Open Tuesday - Sunday, Bank and school holiday Mondays 10am - 5pm

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/roger-hiorns

Henri Chopin dans l’Essex

  • 22 March — 1 June 2014 *on now

firstsite celebrates the work of the experimental artist, poet and publisher Henri Chopin, who lived in Essex from 1968 to 1985. The exhibition Henri Chopin dans l’Essex takes its title from a monograph on the artist’s work published in 1972, and features works on paper, publications, prints and other ephemera produced during the period that Chopin lived in Essex.

Chopin was a major pioneer of sound and visual poetry in Britain and France. During the 1950s, he began to experiment with sound and the possibilities of the human voice. He recorded over 100 audio poems during his lifetime and actively sought to promote the medium of poetry through the publication of the magazine OU (1964–74). Chopin moved from France to Essex in 1968, settling in Ingatestone from October of that year to 1981, and then in Leigh-on-Sea from 1981 to 1985 when he returned to France. From 1969 to 1976 he staged a small, international festival at his home, for which artists and writers including William Burroughs and Brion Gysin travelled to Ingatestone to take part. From 2001 he lived with his daughter and family in Dereham, Norfolk, where he continued to write and perform until his death in 2008.

Henri Chopin (b.1922, Paris; d. 2008, Dereham, Norfolk) has held solo exhibitions at venues including Fundação de Serralves, Porto; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuKHA), Antwerp (2011); Cubitt Gallery, London (2008); Fondazione Morra, Naples (2005); Norwich Gallery (1998); Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen (1993); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1974) and Ceolfrith Arts Centre, Sunderland (1972). His work has been presented in significant international survey exhibitions, including Ecstatic Alphabet/Heaps of Language, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012) and Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.,Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2009).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/coming-soon-henri-chopin-dans-l-essex

From yu to me, 2013 - 14

Aleksandra Domanović

  • 22 March — 1 June 2014 *on now

firstsite presents a new exhibition of recent films by the Berlin-based artist Aleksandra Domanović.

The exhibition explores the complex ways in which the media and technology have shaped the postwar environment of Domanović’s native country, the former Yugoslavia. From yu to me (2013–14) is a new film that looks at the history of the Internet domain ‘.yu’ against the backdrop of the violent dissolution of the Yugoslavian state in the early 1990s. This will be shown alongside 19:30 (2010–11), a video installation that brings together imagery from two models of shared experience popular in the former nation: an anthology of television news themes from state-owned broadcast stations, and original and found footage from rave parties across the region. These are set against an electronic music soundtrack that has been sampled and remixed from the original news themes.

The exhibition runs concurrently with Domanović new commission for Glasgow International at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (4 – 21 April 2014). From yu to me was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices (AND), Rhizome and the Fridericianum, Kassel. New publications based on her original research for From yu to me and 19:30 will accompany the exhibition.

Aleksandra Domanović (b. 1981, Novi Sad) studied at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna (2006) and at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana (2001). Her work has been exhibited internationally, including solo presentations at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Villa du Parc – Centre d’art contemporain, Annemasse; Kunsthalle Basel; SPACE, London (2011); Galerija 001, Ljubljana and Western Front, Vancouver (2011). Her work has featured in major survey exhibitions, including the 12th Biennale of Lyon; 7th Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia, Ljubljana; ICP Triennial, New York (2013); LUX Biennial of Moving Images, Tramway, Glasgow; the 1st Kyiv Biennale and 4th Marrakech Biennale (2012). She was selected for the Rhizome Commissions Program at the New Museum, New York in 2009, and lives and works in Berlin.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/aleksandra-domanovi

The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom, 2013 - 14

Simon Denny, The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom

  • 22 March — 1 June 2014 *on now

firstsite presents a major new exhibition by the New Zealand-born, Berlin-based artist Simon Denny. The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom is the first solo exhibition of Denny’s work in the UK, presented in collaboration with the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK) in Vienna.

Denny’s project is inspired by the widely reported rise and fall of the New Zealand-based Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom. Dotcom was the subject of recent FBI investigations on charges of criminal copyright infringement in relation to his popular file-sharing platform ‘Megaupload’. In an armed raid on his mansion near Auckland in January 2012, authorities controversially seized possessions including $175 million USD in cash, 22 luxury vehicles, 60 computer servers and numerous works of art. For his exhibition at firstsite, Denny has assembled copies, imitations and approximations of these objects to form a large-scale sculptural visualisation of the inventory of seized property. Drawing on recent political events and wider debates concerning public access to data, Denny’s project highlights discussions around material and immaterial value, property and ownership in the digital age.

A publication edited by MUMOK curator Matthias Michalka will be available during the exhibition.

The exhibition has been generously supported by Cooper Colchester MINI; Devon Works, Los Angeles; GS Jet Tech, Woodford; Hästens Flagship Store, London; Stephen and Sigrid Kirk; Lakeside Harley-Davidson, West Thurrock and Whitebarn PC Services, Colchester.

Simon Denny (b. Auckland, 1982) has had solo exhibitions at the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK), Vienna; Kunstverein Munich (2013); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2012); Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (2011); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri; Halle für Kunst, Lüneberg; Artspace, Sydney and Landings Project Space, Vestfossen (2010). His work has been presented in major survey exhibitions, including the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008) and 1st Brussels Biennial (2008). In 2012 he was the recipient of the Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel 43, and will represent New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. He lives and works in Berlin.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/coming-soon-simon-denny-the-personal-effects-of-kim-dotcom

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.

Squidge: Creative Play for Pre-School Children

  • 24 April 2014 10-11am
  • 1 May 2014 10-11am
  • 8 May 2014 10-11am
  • 15 May 2014 10-11am
  • 22 May 2014 10-11am
  • 12 June 2014 10-11am
  • 19 June 2014 10-11am
  • 26 June 2014 10-11am
  • 3 July 2014 10-11am
  • 10 July 2014 From 10am

Weekly sessions of creative fun for children and their parents/careers. Find a mixture of everyday and unusual materials and intriguing sensory activities for you and your children to experiment with.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£4 per child per session (adult included). To guarantee a place, book now, or simply drop-in. £2 for additional children.

Special price; book 10 weeks and get 1 session free, only £36 per child (one adult included.

Flow Group

  • 23 April 2014
  • 30 April 2014
  • 7 May 2014
  • 14 May 2014
  • 21 May 2014
  • 28 May 2014

Every Wednesday, 5 – 6pm, Mosaic Space or D-shaped Garden (weather permitting)

Meet to spin flow toys to focus the mind, teach, and learn from each other while having fun and meeting new people. Toys and tricks include hula hoops, poi, staff, juggling balls, contact juggling, unicycle, Diablo, devil sticks and crash mats. We also have opportunities for performances and fire spinning.

Free, but booking essential, equipment provided but feel free to bring your own toys too. You're welcome to stay until 7.30pm for Flow for all ages.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Free, but booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/flow-group-for-15-25-year-olds

Dinky & Club, photo: Judith Merritt

Dinky Disco and Club Dinky

  • 8 June 2014 2-4:30pm

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

Sunday 30 March
Sunday 8 June

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

Sunday 30 March
Sunday 8 June

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.

Oil paints

Book Group: Books, Art and Culture

  • 1 May 2014 7-9pm
  • 12 June 2014 7-9pm

7 - 9pm

Book Group meets monthly to discuss an art related book. Visit the website for details of the next book for discussion. All upcoming books titles are listed on our website. http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/book-group-3

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+

Admission

Free, but booking essential. Refreshments provided.

Website

https://uk.patronbase.com/_firstsite/Productions/BGAJ/Performances

Half Term Activities, photo: Bethan Lewis

Creative Family Drop-In

  • 14 — 21 April 2014 *on now

Whether you like robots, cars, computers or aircraft then join our artists for a different technologically themed event each day. Each week a different artist will lead a range of activities for families. Suitable for children aged 4 - 11 years.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Artist Talk: Painter Phoebe Unwin

  • 19 April 2014 2-3:30pm

2 - 3.30pm
Auditorium

Paint Club East is delighted to welcome Phoebe Unwin for this illustrated talk about her work, which navigates figuration and abstraction, drawing on specific real or imagined moments.

Unwin was born in 1979 in Cambridge and lives and works in London. She studied at Newcastle University and The Slade School of Fine Art. Her work has been shown widely both nationally and internationally including Los Angeles, The Pompidou Centre and The Hermitage in St. Petersburg. She currently shows with Wilkinson Gallery in London.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5, £3 firstsite members; free for Paint Club East members, booking essential.

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/artist-talk-painter-phoebe-unwin

photograph of toy robots

Free Family Saturday - Techno Time

  • 19 April 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Whether you like robots, cars, computers or aircraft then join our artists for Techno Times.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

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

Limitless Dance, image: Judith Merritt

Limitless Dance for 12+ years

  • 22 April 2014
  • 29 April 2014
  • 6 May 2014
  • 13 May 2014
  • 20 May 2014
  • 10 June 2014
  • 17 June 2014
  • 24 June 2014
  • 1 July 2014
  • 8 July 2014

5.15 - 6.45pm
Learning Studio A

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: beaniem loose t-shirt or hoodie with tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£2.50 per person per session or £20 for 10 sessions, booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/april-july-limitless-dance-for-12-years

Limitless Dance for ages 8 - 11

  • 22 April 2014
  • 29 April 2014
  • 6 May 2014
  • 13 May 2014
  • 20 May 2014
  • 10 June 2014
  • 17 June 2014
  • 24 June 2014
  • 1 July 2014
  • 8 July 2014

5 - 4pm
Learning Studio A

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: comforatble loose t-shirt or hoodie with tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£2.50 per person or £20 for 10 sessions

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/limitless-dance-for-ages-8-11-years

Art makers, photo: Judith Merritt

Art Makers

  • 22 April 2014
  • 29 April 2014
  • 6 May 2014
  • 13 May 2014
  • 20 May 2014
  • 10 June 2014
  • 17 June 2014
  • 24 June 2014
  • 1 July 2014
  • 8 July 2014

4 - 5pm, Learning Studio B

Try out new art styles using fine materials, with a great artist to lead you making and creating. The sessions culminate with an exhibition.

Suitable for

  • 5-6

Admission

£25 for 5 weeks or £45 per child for ten weeks.
Booking essential, adults not required to stay.

Website

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

Drawing Wednesdays

  • 23 April 2014
  • 30 April 2014
  • 7 May 2014
  • 14 May 2014
  • 21 May 2014

Drawing Wednesdays:
Art and Architecture


Wednesdays 23 April - 21 May and 11 June - 9 July
4 - 5pm
Learning Studio A

Do you love drawing plans and creating designs? Join our artist to learn about art and architecture.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£2.50 per session, 7 - 11 year olds just drop in after school, adults not required to stay.

Website

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

Painting the Space with Simon Carter

  • 24 April 2014
  • 1 May 2014
  • 8 May 2014
  • 15 May 2014

7 - 9pm
Learning Space B

Essex-based artist Simon Carter will lead this five week course. Simon uses drawing as a way to move to paintings. This is a brilliant opportunity to work with a well known and respected artist and to explore drawing with paint.

£60 for five-week course, all materials included, booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£60 for five-week course, all materials included, booking essential.

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/moving-from-drawing-to-painting-with-simon-carter

Clay Thursdays

  • 24 April 2014
  • 1 May 2014
  • 8 May 2014
  • 15 May 2014
  • 22 May 2014
  • 12 June 2014
  • 19 June 2014
  • 26 June 2014
  • 3 July 2014
  • 10 July 2014

4 - 5pm

If you love making things and enjoy playing with clay then this is the session for you! Create something new each week using different types of clay or dough.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£2.50 per session, just drop in. Adults not required to stay.

Dollop: senosory play for under 2s

  • 24 April — 22 May 2014
  • From 12 June 2014

11:30am - 12:15pm, Learning Studio B

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

£4 per child per session (adult included). To guarantee a place, book now, or simply drop-in. £2 for additional children.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£4 per child per session (adult included). To guarantee a place, book now, or simply drop-in. £2 for additional children.

Special deal : Book 10 weks and get 1 session free only £36 per child (one adult included)

LGBT Screening - Blue is the Warmest Colour

  • 25 April 2014

Can't get to London for the LGBT Film Festival? Then join us for our first dedicated screenings of two critically acclaimed films.

7.30pm

25 April - Blue is the Warmest Colour
Dir. Abdellatif Kechiche (2013) 179 mins Cert. 18

Blue is The Warmest Colour is a moving and intense story of two young women and their unfolding love affair. This controversial film is a worthy winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2013.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members, booking essential.

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/lgbt-film-screenings

Frances Ha, Dir. Noah Baumbach

Coffe Morning Screening - Frances Ha

  • 25 April 2014

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

Dir Noah Baumbach (2012) 86 mins Cert.15

Frances Ha is the coming-of-age comic fable of the endearing main character as she fumbles and dances her way through New York trying to find out who she really is or wants to be. Featuring sharp one-liners and a kooky performance from Greta Gerwig.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£7.50 booking essential (includes tea or coffee and cake)

Website

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

Day Dream Cinema, photo: Judith Merritt

Day Dream Cinema - Frances Ha

  • 25 April 2014

New parents! Bring along your baby to this relaxed screening in car seats or in arms. Lights will be slightly brighter than normal. Please note; this is suitable for parents with babies under 1 year old only.

2pm

Dir. Noah Baumbach (2012) 86mins, Cert 15.

Frances Ha is the coming-of-age comic fable of the endearing main character as she fumbles and dances her way through New York trying to find out who she really is or wants to be. Featuring sharp one-liners and a kooky performance from Greta Gerwig.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£5 (includes one adult and baby), booking essential.

Website

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

Beat Feet Friday

  • 25 April 2014
  • 2 May 2014
  • 9 May 2014
  • 16 May 2014
  • 23 May 2014
  • 13 June 2014
  • 20 June 2014
  • 27 June 2014
  • 4 July 2014
  • 11 July 2014

A brand new movement and dance session alongside drawing on giant blackboards or in your own Beat Feet Sketch Book. Led by dancer Lucy Teed with support from from firstsite artists.

4 - 5pm

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£2.50 per session, just drop-in, adults not required to stay

Dance for adults, photo: Judith Merritt

Dance and Movement for Well Being (suitable for over 60s)

  • 25 April 2014
  • 2 May 2014
  • 9 May 2014
  • 16 May 2014
  • 23 May 2014
  • 20 June 2014
  • 27 June 2014
  • 4 July 2014
  • 11 July 2014

10.30 – 11.30am and refreshments from 11.30am – 12noon, Learning Studio A or B

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 per session includes tea, coffee or juices

Website

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

Cosi Fan Tutte, Picturehouse Screen Arts

Met Opera - Cosi Fan Tutti

  • 26 April 2014

5.55pm, Auditorium, LIVE from the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Run time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Così fan tutte

Music Director James Levine makes his long-awaited return to the Met podium to conduct Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina. Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

World premiere: Vienna, Court Theater (old Burgtheater), January 26, 1790

Act I

Naples, late 18th century. Two young officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, boast about the beauty and virtue of their girls, the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Their older friend, the cynical Don Alfonso, declares that a woman’s constancy is like the phoenix—everyone talks about it but no one has actually seen it. He proposes a wager of one hundred sequins: if they’ll give him one day and do everything he asks, he will prove to them that the sisters are unfaithful, like all other women. Amused, the young men agree.

Fiordiligi and Dorabella think of their lovers, imagining that they will soon be married. Alfonso’s plot begins when he arrives with terrible news: the young officers have been called away to their regiment. Ferrando and Guglielmo appear, apparently heartbroken, and the four make tearful farewells. As the soldiers leave, the two women and Alfonso wish them a safe journey.

The sisters’ maid, Despina, complains about how much work she has to do around the house. The girls enter and Dorabella vents her despair. Despina refuses to take them seriously: they should simply find new lovers, since men are unworthy of a woman’s fidelity. Fiordiligi and Dorabella are shocked. Alfonso arrives and bribes Despina to assist him, without revealing his plot. Ferrando and Guglielmo enter, disguised as “Albanians,” and declare their admiration for the ladies, each addressing the other’s girlfriend. The sisters firmly reject their advances, Fiordiligi comparing her constancy to a rock in a storm. Left alone, the men are confident of winning the bet. Ferrando expresses his love for Dorabella, and the two friends leave.

As the sisters continue to lament the absence of their lovers, the “foreigners” return, pretending to have poisoned themselves in despair over their rejection. Despina and Alfonso go off to fetch help, leaving the two girls to care for the strangers, who find the situation highly amusing. Despina reappears disguised as a doctor and pretends to draw out the poison with a magnet. When Ferrando and Guglielmo request kisses in order to fully recover, the sisters again reject them, but it is clear they’re beginning to show interest in the strangers.

Act II

Despina lectures her mistresses on how to handle men and the sisters agree that there can be no harm in a little flirtation. They decide on their partners, each picking the other’s suitor. Guglielmo, flirting with Dorabella, succeeds in replacing her portrait of Ferrando with his own gift. Ferrando is less lucky with Fiordiligi, but when he has left, she struggles with her emotions.

Ferrando is certain they have won the wager. Guglielmo is happy to hear that Fiordiligi has been faithful to him, but when he shows his friend the portrait he took from Dorabella, Ferrando is furious. Guglielmo, adopting Alfonso’s philosophy, blames it on the women. He asks Alfonso to pay him his half of the winnings, but Alfonso reminds him that the day is not yet over.

Fiordiligi reproaches her sister for her behavior, but Dorabella replies that love is a thief who rewards those who obey him. Alone, Fiordiligi decides to join Guglielmo at the front, when suddenly Ferrando appears. He tries one last time to seduce her and succeeds.

Guglielmo is furious, but Alfonso again declares that this is the way women are. A man who has been deceived can blame only himself.

The sisters have agreed to marry the “foreigners.” Everything is ready and Alfonso arrives with the notary—Despina in another disguise. As Fiordiligi and Dorabella sign the contract, military music announces the return of their former lovers. In a panic, they hide their intended husbands, who return as their real selves, first pretending surprise at their reception, then, when they discover the marriage contract, blaming the girls and threatening revenge. Finally, the men reveal their ruse and Fiordiligi and Dorabella ask forgiveness. Alfonso reminds the lovers to learn their lesson.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£17.50
£14.50 concession
£13 firstsite members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/cosi-fan-tutte

Free Family Saturday - Unlocked/Respond

  • 26 April 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

A session which responds to the Unlocked / Respond exhibition with Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service in the University Space.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

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

Rush, Dir. Ron Howard

Speed Scene Screening - Rush

  • 27 April 2014

2pm

Dir. Ron Howard (2013) 123 mins Cert. 15

Take advantage of cinema sound like you've never experienced in Ron Howard's thrilling tale of rivalry between Formula 1 drivers in their prime, James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members, booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/spped-scene-rush

Art in the community, photo: Judith Merritt

Art in the Community

  • 30 April 2014
  • 21 May 2014
  • 25 June 2014

2.30 - 4.30pm
Learning Space A or B

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

Free, Just drop-in

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, just drop-in

Website

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

Extraordinary Documentaries - Cutie and the Boxer

  • 4 May 2014

2pm

Dir. Zachary Heinzerling (2013) 82mins Cert.12A

The extraordinary story of Japanese married couple Noriko and Ushio Shinohara, together for 40 years and now in their 80s. Their artistic impulses, struggle and sacrifice are portrayed in this candid and touching double portrait.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members, booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/extraordinary-documentaries-cutie-and-the-boxer

Techno File Screening - InRealLife

  • 8 May 2014

7pm
Dir. Beeban Kidron (2013) 90 mins Cert. 15

InRealLife is a UK documentary which gives us a young person's point of view about how new technology infiltrates our every move. A vital discussion starter to explore exactly what the internet is doing to and for young people.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members, booking essential.

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/techno-file-inreallife

twenty-somethings in the arts, photo: Judith Merritt

twenty-somethings in the arts

  • 9 May 2014 1-4pm

1 - 4pm
Learning Space B

Join artist Jess White for this informal discussion for twenty-something's working in the arts. Share experiences, your career aspirations, arts practice and challenges. There will be talks from young professionals in different fields, the opportunity to network, a creative crit to share stories and eat treats!

Free, booking essential

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, booking essential

Website

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

firstsite Young People's Group for ages 11 - 14 years

  • 10 May 2014
  • 14 June 2014
  • 19 July 2014

12noon - 2pm

An exciting new opportunity for young people to participate in art activities and plan firstsite events for friends, with artist Jess White.

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

Free, lunch included, booking essential

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

Suitable for

  • 11-13

Admission

Free, lunch included, booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/firstsite-young-peoples-group-for-ages-11-14-years

Archive Film Screening

  • 11 May 2014

2pm

Railways of East Anglia 1900 - 1980's (55mins)

East Anglia was once crisscrossed by railways, with most villages having a station. From the days of steam through to diesels and electric locomotives, this film includes footage from the Norfolk Line, LNER, and lines from Kings Lynn to Hunstanton and Southwold.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/east-anglian-film-archive

LGBT Screening - Weekend

  • 16 May 2014 From 7:30pm

Can't get to London for the LGBT Film Festival? Then join us for our first dedicated screenings of two critically acclaimed films.

7.30pm

16 May - Weekend
Dir. Andrew Haigh (2011) 97 mins Cert. 18

Weekend deals with issues of homosexuality, but also tells a tender and hoenst love story of how two people can come together only briefly, yet impact each other in a profound way.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members, booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/lgbt-film-screenings

Predator, Dir. John McTiernan

Midnight Screening - Predator

  • 17 May 2014 From 11:59pm

12 midnight

Dir. John McTiernan (1987) 107 mins Cert. 18

A rare opportunity to see this cult classic sci-fi, with Arnold Schwarzenegger in full combat mode! This is our first midnight screening so join us for a unique opportunity to enter firstsite after hours.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members, booking essential, includes special Predator Green Mocktail

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/midnight-screening-predator

Despicable Me 2, Dirs. Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Relaxed Autism Friendly Film - Despicable Me 2

  • 17 May 2014 From 11:30am

A new opportunity for families with members on the autistic spectrum or who need a relaxed screening. You will be welcomed to the comfortable and easy-going atmosphere of our Auditorium, the lights will be at a low level and the volume is slightly quieter. You are free to move around, make sounds or come and go as you wish. There are no trailers in our cinema and you can bring your own snacks to this screening.

17 May - Despicable Me 2
Dirs. Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud (2013) 98 mins, Cert. PG

Irresistable fun with this heartfelt and hilarious family film. Despicable Me 2 is a fabulous sequel with inspired lunacy, fast paced dialogue and Minion madness galore.

Suitable for

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

Admission

£2 per person, booking essential.

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/relaxed-autism-friendly-family-films

Museums at Night for Young People 15-25 Years: firstsite Beat Night

  • 17 May 2014 8-9:30pm

Check out an electrifying evening with top DJs and VJs and mash-up the sound, space and light of firstsite.

Show off your skills and juggle beats or learn how to scratch and sequence samples as you beam vivid images onto our giant white walls.

Everyone coming through the doors gets a free special firstsite at Night Mocktail designed by our young peoples’ group Y.A.K (Young Art Kommunity).

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

firstsite at Night for Families: DJ Decks ‘n’ Techno-tastic

  • 17 May 2014 6-7:30pm

Bring along all your family (suitable for children up to 14 years) to see what an art gallery is like after hours.

Join DJs and VJs as they deck it through the spaces and learn how to make magical mash-ups of music and light in response to the sights and sounds of firstsite, or just get groovy at the gallery and dance.

Everyone coming through the doors gets a free special firstsite at Night Mocktail designed by our young peoples’ group Y.A.K (Young Art Kommunity).

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Speed Scene Screening - Bullitt

  • 18 May 2014

2pm

Dir. Peter Yates (1968) 114 mins Cert. 15

Steve McQueen features as detective Frank Bullitt, in this classic with a truly brilliant car chase through the streets of San Francisco. One to see on the big screen if you haven't before, this film is ultra cool and crammed with action sequences.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£5, £3.50 concession, £3 members, booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/speed-scene-bullitt

Coffee Morning Screening - Selfish Giant

  • 23 May 2014

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

Dir Clio Barnard (2013) 91 mins Cert. 15

A passionate and inspired re-telling of Oscar Wilde's fable set in a tough estate in Bradford. The non-professional leading cast dazzle in this tragic tale, a natural successor to Kes and work by the realist UK filmmakers.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£7.50 booking essential (includes tea or coffee and cake)

Website

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

photograph of computer chip

World Memory Family Drop-In Art Session

  • 26 — 30 May 2014

where do our memories live? Is it in our cameras or our phones, in our minds or in our bones? And where is the world's memory? Find out with games, tricks, art and technology.

A brilliant art session for families with children aged 4 - 11 years.

11am - 1pm and 2 - 4pm
Learning Studio B

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • Family friendly

Admission

£1.50 per person (adults and children pay), booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/half-term-world-memory-family-drop-in-art-session

Brain

Free Family Saturday - World Memory

  • 31 May 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Where do our memories live? Is it in our cameras or our phones, in our minds or in our bones? And where is the world's memory? Find out with games, tricks, art and technology

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Extraordinary Documentaries - Lebanese Rocket Society

  • 1 June 2014

2pm

Joana Hadjithomas, Hkalil Joreige (2012) 93 mins Cert. PG

An astonishing true story about a Middle East science and research project in the early 1960s. A group of students and researchers lead the way for the space race to begin in the Lebanon by creating the Lebanese Rocket Society.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members, booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/extraordinary-documentaries-lebanese-rocket-society

Spring Stained Glass Techniques with Andy Brooke

  • 1 June 2014

10.30am - 4.30pm, Learning Space B

Join local glass artist Andy Brooke to get an introduction to the techniques involved in Stained Glass. During the day-long session you will experience working with tiffany style (copper foil) stained glass techniques. You will be able to choose from a wide range of coloured and textured glass and take home a finished glass light catcher to your own design or one provided on the day. No previous experience of glass work needed.

See www.andybrookeglass.com for details of Andy’s other work.

Please note that there will be a break for lunch, you can bring along your own or head to MUSA for a light lunch.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£65 including all materials.

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/spring-stained-glass-techniques-with-andy-brooke

Drawing the space, photo: Judith Merritt

Drawing the Space

  • 12 June 2014
  • 19 June 2014
  • 26 June 2014
  • 3 July 2014
  • 10 July 2014

6.30 - 9pm
Learning Studio B

Led by Ipswich-based artist Andrew Vass, these five sessions will offer new ways in which to respond to the model in space or to the architectural space in and outside firstsite. You will explore different approaches to drawing, from rapid line notations in response to the moving figure, to life size standing poses using tactile media. For more details on the artist please see website http://a-vass.co.uk.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£60 for five-week course, all materials included, booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/drawing-the-space-with-andrew-vass

Painting Symposium: Committed Painting

  • 21 June 2014

Paint Club East is delighted to present this symposium led by Dr Sunil Manghani, Reader in Critical and Cultural Theory at the Winchester School of Art, designed to explore and interrogate the idea of 'commitment to painting'. Dr Manghani will be joined by a panel of four painters who will draw on their own practices to respond to Manghani's 'new narratives of protest, social networks and community-engagement' and what these mean in the current artistic climate. Futher programme information and details of how to book will be available soon: http://paintclubeast.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

TBC

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/painting-symposium-committed-painting

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