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Much improved facility in recent years

This has gone from being a bit of an embarrassment for the town to being a credible arts venue... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Colchester, United Kingdom
'Not Yet At Ease' Exhibition

On the 24th October, I visited the Firstsite exhibition ‘Not Yet At Ease’ which focused on the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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...more
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Site Office High Street | Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 1PG, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I read through reviews from people expecting to see great art. You won't find that. If you just wander in with no agenda you'll be disappointed. Check the film screenings and events in advance. The events programme is exceptional. I attended a screening of Free...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank bluebelliedtoad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has gone from being a bit of an embarrassment for the town to being a credible arts venue these days, not just hosting local artists but also good mix of film evenings, small exhibitions, the occasional Syrian pop up cafe weekend and other quirky...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the 24th October, I visited the Firstsite exhibition ‘Not Yet At Ease’ which focused on the Indian Soldiers, who fought in the First World War, who suffered from ‘shell shock’ with the symptoms of many of the soldiers breaking into poetry. The exhibition also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Chloe7519
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Why would you have internal curved walls for hanging art! Each time I visit am disappointed that there is so little to look at. for the size of the building. Would have liked to spend hours looking round but ran out of things to look...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank franingleton
Reviewed 8 February 2019

What a building. Fabulous. And free to get in! The exhibitions here are very good and change frequently. Small cafe at the back of building. Good coffee and cake but not cosy. Outside area is impressive and neat

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank smithy10smithy
Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

Went to visit on a whim. Lovely venue with enthusiastic staff, nicely set up Great little focussed cafe

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 27 January 2019

For a centre that was millions over its projected budget costs to build its probably one of the most disappointing so called attractions or things to do in this historic town.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank stexxxx
Reviewed 20 November 2018

I made a special trip to Colchester to visit FirstSite. There has been some negativity about it on social media and I guess change will inevitably bring criticism. However, I was impressed. I came specifically to see the exhibition on the Suffragettes and I wasn't...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kenc198
Reviewed 20 November 2018

We always have a fantastic experience when we visit this gallery. Wonderful exhibitions are being held a must for everyone

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank unhappy066
Reviewed 29 October 2018

I think we are very lucky to have such an amazing building in Colchester which displays art works from all over the globe.

Date of experience: September 2018
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