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

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.

Free Family Saturday - Moving is Sculpture

  • 30 August 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Dance, movement, singing, music, circus, flow skills and words. A wonderful range of performance skills to try out and mould into your own moving sculptures.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

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

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

Limitless Dance, image: Judith Merritt

Limitless Dance for 12+ years

  • 5 August 2014 5:15-6:45pm
  • 12 August 2014 5:15-6:45pm
  • 19 August 2014 5:15-6:45pm
  • 26 August 2014 5:15-6:45pm

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

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 11-13

Admission

£2.50 per person per session, booking advisable

Website

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

Flow Group for 15 - 25 years

  • 6 August 2014 5-6pm
  • 13 August 2014 5-6pm
  • 20 August 2014 5-6pm
  • 27 August 2014 5-6pm

Meet to spin 'flow toys' to teach and learn from each other, have fun and meet new people. There are also opportunities for performances, teaching and fire spinning.

'flow toys' refers to toys for manipulation, dancing, tricks or performance that requires focussed motivation. This can result in a positive, energised and happy state of mind.

This session uses hula hoops, poi, staff, juggling balls, contact juggling, unicycle, Diablo, devil sticks and crash mats. Please feel free to bring your own toys, but equipment is also provided.

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

long exposure photograph of fire poi

Flow Group for all ages

  • 6 August 2014 6-7:30pm
  • 13 August 2014 6-7:30pm
  • 20 August 2014 6-7:30pm
  • 27 August 2014 6-7:30pm
  • 3 September 2014 6-7:30pm
  • 10 September 2014 6-7:30pm
  • 17 September 2014 6-7:30pm

Meet to spin 'flow toys', teach and learn from each other, have fun and meet new people. There are also opportunities for performances, teaching and fire spinning.

'flow toys' refers to toys for manipulation, dancing, tricks or performance that required focussed motivation. This can result in a positive, energised and happy state of mind.

This session uses hula hoops, poi, staff, juggling balls, contact juggling, unicycle, Diablo, devil sticks and crash mats. Please feel free to bring your own toys, but equipment is also provided.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost £2 per session, booking advisable

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/flow-group-for-all-ages

Book Group: Books, Art and Culture

  • 14 August 2014 7-9pm
  • 18 September 2014 7-9pm

JUNE'S BOOK GROUP

Thursday 12 June

Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris: Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Important-Artifacts-Personal-Property-Collection/dp/1408804727

This session will be run by Jane Morrow, Artist Development and Studio Network Manager.

More information about up coming months coming soon!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+

Admission

Free, but booking essential. Refreshments provided.

Website

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

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 — 21 September 2014 *on now

Saturday 14 June – Sunday 21 September 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!

  • 16 August 2014 12-2pm
  • 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

  • 12 August 2014 7-9pm
  • 26 August 2014 7-9pm
  • 9 September 2014 7-9pm
  • 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

  • 20 August 2014 2:30-4:30pm
  • 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

  • 12 September 2014 1-4pm
  • 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

Creative Family Drop In

  • 28 July — 2 August 2014 , *on now
  • 4 — 9 August 2014 ,
  • 11 — 16 August 2014 ,
  • 18 — 23 August 2014 ,
  • 25 — 30 August 2014 ,

A different artist-led session with a Bruce McLean theme. You can return again and again during the holidays for something new each time. Suitable for families with children ages 4 - 11 years.

Week 1: 23 - 26 July
Sculpture Station

Week 2: 28 July - 2 August
Sculpture Station

Week 3: 4 - 9 August
Painting is Sculpture

Week 4: 11 - 16 July
Everything is Sculpture

Week 5: 18 - 23 August
Sculpture is Sculpture

Week 6: 25 - 30 August
Moving is Sculpture

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.50 per person, adults required to stay, take part and pay.

Website

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

Summer Holiday Saturdays with Y.A.K. (Young Art Kommunity)

  • 2 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 9 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 16 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 23 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 30 August 2014 11am-4pm

Each summer Saturday you can expect something wonderful, unusual, funny, noisy and extremely special outside firstsite. It might be gigantic painting or living sculptures, films in nooks and crannies or a picture frame extravaganza. Programmed and co-delivered by firstsite's group of 15 - 25 year olds, Y.A.K.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/summer-holiday-saturdays-with-y-a-k-young-art-kommunity

Moulin Rouge - Six of the Best

  • 31 July 2014 From 7pm *on now

Dir. John Huston (1952), 119 mins, Cert. PG

This early version of Moulin Rouge gives an atmospheric portrayal of Toulouse-Lautrec (Jose Ferrer). Ferrer (who was a tall man), plays the part of Toulouse-Lautrec for which he has to walk on his bended knees, with his long coat covering the back of his legs!

'this seemed to me the most ridiculous bloody thing, and the whole film was about looking and trying to catch a shot of the shoes attached to his knees.' Bruce McLean

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • Any age
  • 18+
  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/moulin-rouge-six-of-the-best

Kings of Summer - Young People Screening

  • 1 August 2014 From 4:30pm

Dir. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (2013), 95 mins, cert. 15

Kings of Summer follows three teenage friends who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/kings-of-summer-young-people

Free Family Saturday - Sculpture Station

  • 2 August 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

A session at the sculpture station to create your own structure from unusual materials and display them in a frame or on a tiny plinth.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

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

Paths of Glory, Dir. Stanley Kubrick

Paths of Glory and others: How World War 1 has been remembered in film

  • 3 August 2014 2-4pm

Some believe Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory to be the best film ever made about the First World War. The true horror of war is exposed when soldiers face the death sentence to placate the failiure of the best laid plans of the Officers. The film also demonstrates the film making techniques we have come to associate with Kubrick.

This two hour session with Laurence Staig will look at the representation of the First World War in Paths of Glory and other films which remember the Great War. Study examples will include All Quiet on the Western Front, and less familiar titles such as Fraulein Doktor, Francesco Rosi's Many Wars Ago (Uomini Contro) and Howard Hawks' Segeant York.

Laurence is an Adult and Higher Education lecturer and author. His career has spanned many different roles in arts, festivals and teaching. He is co-author of the first ever book published about the Italian Western, and creator of the much used descriptor of the genre: The Opera of Violence.

Admission

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

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/paths-of-glory-and-others-how-world-war-i-has-been-rememberd-in-film

Oil paints

Art Creators for 8 - 11 years

  • 4 — 8 August 2014

Summer Arts Awards Course

Enjoy new art techniques and artist-led creative activities during the holidays. Gain a Discover or Explore Arts Award at the same time.

£50 for course (including all materials, Arts Award logbook and certificate), booking essential

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • Especially for children

Admission

£50 for course (including all materials, Arts Award logbook and certificate), booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/summer-arts-awards-courses

makers

Art Makers for 5 - 7 years

  • 4 — 9 August 2014

Summer Arts Awards Course

Enjoy new art techniques and artist-led creative activities during the holidays. Gain a Discover or Explore Arts Award at the same time.

£40 for course (including all materials, Arts Award logbook and certificate), booking essential

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • Especially for children

Admission

£40 for course (including all materials, Arts Award logbook and certificate)

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/summer-arts-awards-courses

Paths of Glory - WWI Films

  • 6 August 2014 From 7:30pm

Dir. Stanley Kubrick (1957), 88 mins, Cert PG

Some believe Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Flory to be the best film ever made about World War I. The true horror of war is exposed when soldiers face the death sentence to placate the failure of the best laid plans of the officers. Vivid, profound and convincing, Kubrick directs a classic war movie with an anti war statement at its core and includes one of Kirk Douglas' best performances.


Special ticket price for both the film and lecture Paths of Glory and others: How World War I has been remembered in film on Sunday 3 August, 2 - 4pm £7; £5 concessions, £4 to members. To book this offer please call Front of House on 01206 577 067

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/paths-of-glory-wwi-centenary

The Student Prince - Six of the Best

  • 7 August 2014 From 7pm

Dir. Richard Thorpe (1954), 107 mins, Cert. U

Famous for the exquisite tenor vocals of Mario Lanza which are lip synced by Edmund Purdom as Prince Karl in this beautiful operetta, artist Bruce McLean cites this film in an interview with Klaas Hoek, describing the fakery as 'a funny old business'.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/the-student-prince-six-of-the-best

Free Family Saturday - Painting is Sculpture

  • 9 August 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Giant painting, paper, canvas, chalk on pavements, paint on buildings, how big can you go?

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

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

La Traviata - Glyndebourne Live

  • 10 August 2014 From 5:30pm

At one of her brilliant supper parties, the beautiful but frail demi-mondaine, Violetta Valéry, meets the well-born Alfredo Germont, and for love of him abandons her feverish life of pleasure. Alfredo’s father intrudes on their idyllic existence in the country and, although realizing her sincerity, persists in his demand that Violetta renounce Alfredo. Violetta determines to make the sacrifice and departs, leaving only a note for Alfredo. She appears at a ball in Flora’s house on the arm of an old admirer, Baron Douphol, to the fury of Alfredo. The two men play at cards; Alfredo wins consistently. Unable to persuade Violetta to go with him, Alfredo insults her and is challenged by the Baron. Violetta becomes ill, and all her friends desert her, leaving her virtually penniless. Alfredo at last returns. His father has told him of Violetta’s noble renunciation, and urged him to seek her forgiveness. Overjoyed at the sight of him, Violetta attempts to rise. But it is too late. As Germont and the doctor enter, Violetta dies in Alfredo’s arms.

Admission

£17.00
£14.50 concession
£13.50 firstsite members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/la-traviata-verdi

Zepplins over East Anglia - EAFA

  • 10 August 2014 From 2pm

Archive screening to coincide with WWI commemorations.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/zepplins-over-east-anglia-eafa

Pink Flamingos - LGBT Films

  • 14 August 2014 From 7:30pm

Dir. John Waters (1972), 93 mins, Cert. 18

Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground cross-dresser Divine goes up against Connie & Raymond Marble, a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive". A surprisingly successful trashy, dark and shocking comedy.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/pink-flamingos-lgbt

Free Family Saturday - Everything is Sculpture

  • 16 August 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Come along and get involved in playing games as we push the limits of what can be sculpture.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Skylight - NT Encore

  • 20 August 2014 From 7pm

Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience), broadcast live from the West End by National Theatre Live.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died.

As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

Admission

£13.50
£10.00 concession
£8.50 firstsite members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/starlight-2

Art Party

  • 21 August 2014 From 7pm

Dir. Tim Newton, Bob and Roberta Smith (2014), 80 mins

If you are interested and concerned about the state of art and education in the UK then come along to this FREE screening and following Art Party.

This one off event is part documentary, part road movie and part political fantasy, of art and its place in education and modern politics.

Free, but booking essential. Popcorn, party food, mocktails and drinks included.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free but booking essential.

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/art-party-special-screenings

Tim's Vermeer - Coffee Morning Screening

  • 22 August 2014 From 11:30am

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

Dir Penn / Teller (2013), 80 mins, Cert. 12A

This entertaining film follows inventor Tim Jenison as he seeks to understand the painting techniques and photorealism used by 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. A fascinating research project ensues which proves to be an enlightening film produced and directed with the magic touch of Penn and Teller.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/tims-vermeer-coffee-morning

Free Family Saturday - Sculpture is Sculpture

  • 23 August 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

This event will let you test and explore your own ideas for a sculpture.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

The Double - Unseen Cinema

  • 28 August 2014 From 7:30pm

Dir. Richard Ayoade (2013), 93 mins, Cert 15

Hauntingly bleak yet thrilling and ambitious, Ayoade's second film features Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) as a double character dealing with a dystopian nightmare from the pen of Dostoyevsky. At turns full of dark humour, the movie is sleek in its minimal sets and intricacies of design.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£5, £3.50 concession, £3 members

Website

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

Swallows and Amazons - Autism Friendly

  • 30 August 2014 From 10:30am

Screenings for families who have members on the autism spectrum, or who need a relaxed screening. The lights will be at a low level but 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. Claude Whatham (1974), 92mins, Cert.U

A classic childhood film following four children on holiday to the Lake District in 1929 as they are allowed to sail over to the nearby island in their boat Swallow and set up camp for a few days. They soon realise this has been the territory of two other girls who sails the Amazon, and the scene is set for serious rivalry.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2 per person

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/swallows-and-amazons-autism-friendly-films

Swallows and Amazons

  • 30 August 2014 From 1pm

Dir. Claude Whatham (1974), 92 mins, Cert.U

A classic childhood film following four children on holiday to the Lake District in 1929 as they are allowed to sail over to the nearby island in their boat Swallow and set up camp for a few days. They soon realise this has been the territory of two other girls who sails the Amazon, and the scene is set for serious rivalry.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2 per person

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/swallows-and-amazons-family-film

The Two Gentlemen of Verona - RSC Live

  • 3 September 2014 From 7pm

Valentine and Proteus are best friends, until they fall in love with the same girl. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke’s daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart, Julia, at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals’ affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation.

Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare’s exuberant romantic comedy. He is Associate Director of the Royal Court and his production of Strange Interlude recently played to critical acclaim at the National Theatre. This is the first time in 45 years The Two Gentlemen of Verona has been performed in full production on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.

Admission

£13.50
£10.00 concession
£8.50 firstsite members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/the-two-gentlemen-of-verona

The Garden - LGBT Films

  • 4 September 2014 From 7:30pm

Dir. Derek Jarman (1990) 92 mins Cert. 15

A nearly wordless visual narrative intercuts two main stories: A woman perhaps the Madonna, brings forth her baby to a crowd of intrusive paparazzi. Two men who are lovers marry and are arrested by the powers that be. The men are mocked, tarred, feathered, and beaten. Jarman assaults the senses with a film of endearing qualities and enduring imagery. This screening is to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Jarman's death.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/the-garden

Stand by Me

  • 5 September 2014 From 4:30pm

Dir. Rob Reiner (1986), 89 mins, Cert. 15

Based on a Stephen King short story, the writer recounts his boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. This often hilarious and dark film features the later River Pheonix and star of 24, Kiefer Sutherland.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/stand-by-me-young-people

Le Mepris / Contempt

  • 5 September 2014 From 7pm

Dir. Jean-Luc Godard (1963), 102 mins, Cert. 15

This is a powerful romantic tragedy starring Brigitte Bardot. Using precision colour and cinematography, the narrative is a meditation on love, marriage and filmmaking. Contempt asks its characters and audience to question the price of selling out.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/le-mepris-contempt-six-of-the-best

Medea - NT Live

  • 6 September 2014 From 7pm

Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell.

Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace.

It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.

Admission

£13.50
£10.00 - Concessions
£8.50 - Members

Website

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

Learn to make your own maquettes for sculpture

  • 6 September 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

Free Family Saturday - Break the Rules

  • 6 September 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

What could you create when someone gives you permission? Break those rules - go on, anything is possible!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

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

Learn to make and stretch your own canvas

  • 7 September 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

8 and 1/2 - Six of the Best

  • 11 September 2014 From 7pm

Dir. Federico Fellini (1963), 138 mins, Cert. 15

Starring Marcello Mastrioani as film director Guido Anselmi, this film was not made to be explicitly autobiographical yet it outlines the story of a film director with creative block and is widely regarded as one of Fellini's best, winning the 1963 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Admission

£5, £3.50 concessions, £3 members

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/8-and-1-2-six-of-the-best

East Anglian Film Archive Marathon Morning Screening

  • 13 September 2014 From 10am

Behind the scenes of old and new buildings in East Anglia, with footage from the EAFA collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/eat-anglian-film-archive-marathon-morning-screening

Free Family Saturday - Lean on a Wall / Step on a Ball

  • 13 September 2014 11am-1pm, 11am-1pm

It seems very simple, but at firstsite some of the walls lean on you! This event challenges architecture with our bodies.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

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

Artists' open session

Leaping the void: life beyond art school

  • 17 September 2014 3-6pm

firstsite's Associate Artists present an afternoon of talks and participatory activities which focus on the subject of life beyond art school. Contributors include artists, art school tutors and proponents of alternative models of art education who present their attempts to create a viable working infrastructure for graduating artists.

This event forms part of the Essex Network of Artists Studios programme of professional development events throughout September, as well as the public programme for Bruce McLean's exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/leaping-the-void-life-beyond-art-school

Bruce McLean, One and Three Paintings, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.

Toulouse-Lautrec Party

  • 17 September 2014 6:15-7:30pm

Wednesday 17 September

6.15 - 7.30pm

Host: Klaas Hoek, Slade School of Fine Art

In a recent interview Bruce McLean suggested that students and staff at the Slade should attach shoes to their knees and wander around in an awkward way, perceiving the world through the eyes of the famously diminutive French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Bruce McLean taught at the Slade for over twenty-five years where he continually encouraged his committed following of students to look at things differently. For this evening's talk, a number of McLean's ex-students will present short talks, screenings and performances made in response to McLean's practice as an artist and tutor.

Organised in partnership with the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.

£5, £3 concessions; free to members, booking essential

Admission

£5, £3 concessions; free to members, booking essential

Website

http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/toulouse-lautrec-party

Locke - Unseen Cinema

  • 18 September 2014 From 7:30pm

Dir. Steven Knight (2013), 85 mins, Cert. 15

Actor Tom Hardy plays Ivan Locke during a car journey which sees him at a nadir from which the collapse of his life unfolds. Unique in form, the story is engrossing and compelling and lets us experience how great acting, storytelling and dialogue can keep us mesmerised.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£5, £3.50 concession, £3 members

Website

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

The Invisible Women - Coffee Morning Screening

  • 19 September 2014 From 11:30am

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

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

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

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

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