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This exhibition includes the thousands of artworks that were made by the public and shared with Firstsite over social media during lockdown.

The Great Big Art Exhibition is a celebration of creativity across the UK. While the doors to museums and galleries were shut during the winter lockdown, Firstsite invited the public to make their own artworks and use their front windows, gardens, balconies and outdoor spaces to share what they made with others.

To help inspire the nation, the gallery called upon leading artists to devise creative activities for people to follow at home, and national museums to suggest artworks from their collections to help reflect the world around us. For each fortnight of the project a new theme was announced, including animals, portraits, colour, flowers, humour, draw the future and performance.

Art galleryEast AngliaContemporary art


Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH

01206 713700


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Cinema and Welcome Area; 10am - 9pm

Box Office, 9am - 9pm

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