Museums and galleries across the UK are subject to temporary closures. Those that remain open have safety measures in place, please remember to check venue guidelines before visiting.

Firstsite

Temporarily closed - Opening 3 December

Essex

Free to all
10% off

Firstsite is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check the venue's website for the latest details.

Dedicated to contemporary visual art, firstsite occupies a striking crescent-shaped centre designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly – a work of art in its own right.

Sitting directly above Roman remains, the site is a fusion of old and new. One of the first things you notice on entering is the Berryfield mosaic, set into the floor below glass, which was originally part of a Roman townhouse. It's the only permanent item on show, as the centre has no art collection of its own. Instead, the three gallery spaces, radiating off a sweeping internal promenade, host a series of changing exhibitions and commissions from both local and international artists. Artists to have exhibited include Lubaina Himid, Grayson Perry and Ai Weiwei.

Firstsite also hosts a wide selection of events, film screenings and courses, with a particularly strong focus on activities for children and families – in 1996, it became the first visual arts organisation to dedicate an entire gallery to schools’ art, and community engagement is at the heart of its programming.


Firstsite

Free to all

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

01206 713700

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Opening times

Temporarily closed - Opening 3 December

Our galleries, café, and shop are now open everyday 10am – 5pm, with cinema screenings into the evening.

There’s no need to book to visit, just turn up! Find out more about our new way of visiting.

With a National Art Pass you get

10% off in shop
HI, we offer a 10% discount off shop purchases to all Art Fund members - on our webpage this says it ends in Dec 2020 - can this please be extended to Dec 2021
Valid until December 2021

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