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Firstsite, Colchester

Categories: Art Galleries, Shopping, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
2/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
Firstsite is a contemporary art gallery in Colchester, Essex, which opened in 2011. It was designed by Rafael Viñoly. It is situated in Colchester's "Cultural Quarter" near The Minories, Colchester, fifteen Queen Street (a creative business hub), the Norman Colchester Castle, the Natural History Museum, Hollytrees Museum and Colchester's Roman Wall. Its exhibits are on a rolling six-monthly basis, starting with Camulodunum, while it also cooperates with Essex University to show South American art. Firstsite is a registered charity under English law.
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  • This is a beautiful gallery, the very building a challenge to our senses. I loved the Andy Warhol and how local people's photographs were included in the exhibition. I'll be going again. The Martin Pa...  read more »
  • My first visit to this arts facility with my small children (2&5). On purchasing tickets to see the film in the auditorium we waited in the foyer/cafe area for the film to open. On the main wall there...  read more »
  • Particularly beautiful modern building and surroundings with an interesting exhibition of Martin Parr Work and Leisure. Intriguing pictures on the Yorkshire rhubarb culture, stunning. The people in the Thatchertijd with bright flash light in the ice-and fries are now legendary shop and can thus in East Germany. Further the usual children's games, a moderate bar with reasonable but expensive lunch option. Undersized Wi-Fi.
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  • Firstsite gallery is an amazing place, I visited from Nottingham and felt really inspired by such an imaginative building. It's a massive draw to Colchester. I met an amazing group of young people creating sound art and experimental music, inclusive, sensitive and talking about mindfulness. In my mind we have something to learn from this all over the UK. Thank you for your courage, the people of Colchester in creating this place to inspire us.
  • I'm glad the art gallery is free as I'm not a fan of modern art, I struggled liking the exhibition. Everything was too weird for me like the butter and cigarette being classed as art. That isn't art to me. The building looks like an Australian building called The Sydney Opera House. I should of expected that there would be a lot of boat drawings and paintings since the building looked like a leaning boat. I would not recommend it to anyone that doesn't like modern art. From a student called Ethan
  • Fantastic looking building but a rather confused layout inside. The dilapidated old bus park isn't a particularly attractive setting either!
  • How sad the negativity first site receives. Anything is always going to be better than what is had, the grass is always greener on the other side. Art is of course a personal realm so judgement on what Art is irrelevant to the review. And what tax payers spend their money on is again a biased affair, I'm sure there are worse adventures that our money has gone on that we don't even know about. Firstsite is beautifully architecturally, defeating gravity at points! The cafe was fun and cool and everyone seemed nice. I was there for performance workshops and thought that working in the mosaic space with the sun streaming in was a piece of ingenuity.
  • The more I visit the more I love this place. The building is amazing, plenty to do for the kids, lovely cafe, thought provoking art (some hit and miss for sure, but that's art) and they are starting to show more local art too. Can't believe that some people would prefer a bus station or a completely ordinary shopping mall. No, give me the extraordinary art gallery any day. My one gripe is the surrounding area which has not been developed and is in many places still boarded up.
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