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Firstsite

Site Office High Street | Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 1PG, England
+44 1206 713700
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Will there now be plenty in this flattened cornucopia?

For a long time this impractical, maladministered, vanity white elephant has struggled to find a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
R H
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Colchester, United Kingdom
Put this on venues to visit when coming to Colchester

The Firstsite of today is vastly different from the challenging times it suffered when it first... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
castlecorbenic
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester, Essex. Firstsite's stunning golden building was designed by the Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly, and opened in September 2011. The gallery initiates world-class exhibitions by established and emerging artists, produces publications, and has 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.
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Site Office High Street | Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 1PG, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

For a long time this impractical, maladministered, vanity white elephant has struggled to find a use or a voice. The vast, absurd, wasted, foyer (pressed into service for nothing more than the sale of coffee and postcards) leads into progressively piffling and disjointed spaces by...More

Thank R H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Firstsite of today is vastly different from the challenging times it suffered when it first opened. With a new direction, team and a string of successes, it is now the place to visit for anyone coming to Colchester. 2018 is the year that the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Firstsite is in an exciting new space near to Colchester Castle. The entrance is spacious and airy with a huge happy Hello banner. We visited to see Grayson Percy's exhibition, 'The Life of Julie Cope' which is a wonderful suite of work including enormous tapestries,...More

Thank HistoryNeedsYou
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited several times and have noticed the improvements. We went to see Grayson Perry's Life of Julie Cope which was excellent. With tapestries, ceramics, woodcuts, audio and sketchbooks there was much to see and listen to in the detail and excellent exhibits. Loved...More

Thank chicochicochico
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

Often pop in here when in town and I must say they have seemed to upped their game over the last year or so (currently a superb stint from Grayson Perry's collection in the main area). Whilst it is a striking building, the internal shape...More

Thank sfmann106
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

I went to firstsite to see the Grayson Perry exhibition. What a privilege to have something like this in Colchester. Very moving and totally absorbing. However, it's always disappointing at how little there is to see here. Huge amounts of blank space or items with...More

Thank KatyBee1962
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

We had some tasty cake and coffee on arrival. The Grayson Perry exhibition is perfect for this space and well worth a visit. Such a talented and emotive artist. The Life of Julie Cope will have you laughing one moment and crying the next all...More

Thank salsak2015
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

This cafe serves vegan cake, which is great but all the food is rather expensive. A good pot of tea for £2 and coffee is made from freshly ground beans.

Thank Ruth R
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Reviewed 19 December 2017

I have lived near Colchester for over 2 years and I am still discovering new delights in the town on a regular basis. I didn't even know the Firstsite Gallery existed, until I happened to see something regarding this exhibition on Facebook!. I went to...More

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Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Glad to see this place is at last being utilised for other purposes, as the venue for the bi monthly record fair is an excellent idea, attracting many more patrons to a place that up to recently was an embarrassment to the town, hope that...More

1  Thank andy w
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