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Firstsite

Site Office High Street | Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 1PG, England
+44 1206 713700
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Starting to take off!

After a few years of criticism and lack of effective events, Firstsite is gathering speed to become... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robindad
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Colchester, United Kingdom
Variety of events which keep everyone happy

Great place to go a see or do something different. Good all year round but great for the winter... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
John F
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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average16%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible22%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Site Office High Street | Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 1PG, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After a few years of criticism and lack of effective events, Firstsite is gathering speed to become a major tourist and locals attraction. A friendly coffee shop is a very attractive feature and the new Manager is effective in developing a range of activities/displays that...More

Thank Robindad
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Great place to go a see or do something different. Good all year round but great for the winter time or when raining.

Thank John F
Reviewed 15 May 2017

The seating is good, chose wisely and what you see will be good. It is just a shame about the place being so large and empty and the food/drink facilities being so unappetising. If we go in the evening we make sure we eat first...More

Thank ColchesterSleeper
Reviewed 5 May 2017

This hasa to be the worst and most laughable venue we have visited in many a year. It cost a fortune to build and looks like an out of scale medical centre! We have really tried to warm to it having attended several exhibitions but...More

Thank Malcolm H
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

We had some spare time and were drawn to this modern building and Art Gallery. The architecture is stunning and very modern and the interior very bright and airy. There was an exhibition of the work of Zhou Enli with a huge mural by him...More

Thank Rvwr2012
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Firstsite has all actives on which are fun.They have special night and day actives such as Harry Potter Night.They as well have movies play there.We watched the Lego Batman Movie there and it was a while after it had been out so we where the...More

Thank finsterfun
Reviewed 13 April 2017

I watched this place get thought about, built and used and i'm not sure if it was worth all the excitement. As an art student we were under the impression it was going to be the best thing in town but now it's here, the...More

Thank Zoe F
Firstsite, Public Relations Manager at Firstsite, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

Hi Zoe - you'll be glad to hear theres been a lot of change since your visit in July last year. We currently have three exhibitions on display, with all our galleries in use. Plus our long curved wall is currently home to a huge...More

Reviewed 19 March 2017

Having had an email telling me about the Wunderkammer exhibit and also Zhang Enli mural I made a visit. I was expecting to see the mural and be mildly impressed and to be thrilled by the Wunderkammer exhibit. Instead I found myself totally enthralled by...More

Thank Randoman1
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The Zhang Enli mural was mentioned on TV on Friday evening so as we were passing near Colchester on Saturday we decided to call in and take a look. I liked Zhang Enli's trees but even better was this amazing building. Yes it's modern architecture...More

Thank 967Blossom967
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

A huge building, said to be an art gallery. I saw one painting, two if you count the trees painted on the interior walls. Half the building was closed off and the rest was just bare. The gift shop and cafe were selling at higher...More

Thank foulfaerie
Firstsite, Public Relations Manager at Firstsite, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2017

Hi FoulFaerie, We're currently in the middle of a big change over period at Firstsite, meaning unfortunately the galleries are closed whilst we install all the new works. However, on Saturday 11th March we're opening three brand new exhibitions; Zhang Enli (who's huge forest painting...More

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