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.
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
Entry is free. Most events are free unless otherwise stated.
- 30 October 2015 7:30-10:30pm
Young Art Kommunity present... Phantom.
A special late night opening at Firstsite Colchester as part of Museums at Night. An evening where any understanding you had of Firstsite will be completely transformed. An evening which will simultaneously make you feel your senses and take them away! As you are guided through the low-lit space you will experience the echoes of the arts gallery you are familiar with; Firstsite will become nothing more than an apparition. Immersive projections, interactive installations and mind-blowing performance will keep your expectations surprised and your curiosity alive.
And not to mention the amazing open exhibition currently on display, with hundreds of artists from all over the region and beyond showcasing their work.
Featuring special guest visual artist Henry Driver - http://www.henrydriverartist.com/
Performances from Flow Group and Limitless Dance Crew
Plus DJ’s and a bar through the night.
So why not come along and experience the gallery in a new light?
- Any age
+44 (0)1206 577 067