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Site Office High Street | Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 1PG, England
+44 1206 713700
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Large open space which doesn't seem to be utilised to its full potential

Often pop in here when in town and I must say they have seemed to upped their game over the last... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Colchester, United Kingdom
Loved the Grayson Perry

I went to firstsite to see the Grayson Perry exhibition. What a privilege to have something like... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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 5 days ago

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
Reviewed 6 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  Thank jezzaoutandabout
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
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

The Grayson Perry exhibition is certainly worth a visit. This is an interesting gallery in the town centre, architecturally unusual with good facilities. Attractive cafe and seating area easily accessible with a well thought out shop.

1  Thank Richard022
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

It’s great to see the Grayson Perry exhibition in Colchester! I’ve been waiting for Firstsite to develop in this way. It’s an amazing building but floundered after it opened. We’ve been to a few things there recently and it’s clearly back on track with a...More

1  Thank 186338AlanC
Reviewed 12 November 2017

One suddenly comes across the space-age style building which is still not finished. It must have cost a fortune to build but so few people in there. Maybe a new venture & not yet well known (we came across it by accident, no previous knowledge)....More

1  Thank CambridgeCat
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Very nice use of space. Lots of various exhibition are held here and it's generally pleasantly busy. A beehive for youngsters and those who like art and design. It is very modern. There are various rooms which are available for hiring. They have a nice...More

1  Thank magieware
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