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Site Office High Street | Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 1PG, England
+44 1206 713700
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Art exhibitions

Very nice use of space. Lots of various exhibition are held here and it's generally pleasantly... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lagos, Nigeria
Great place for colchester

It's nice to have more art in Colchester town. It's nice to see projects by artists, meet and... 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 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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Site Office High Street | Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 1PG, England
+44 1206 713700
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank magieware
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's nice to have more art in Colchester town. It's nice to see projects by artists, meet and discuss with others like myself that are interested in that field. It adds some class to that side of Colchester town.

Thank James Chris A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came for a coffee and cake with some friends, the staff were very friendly and helpful. The coffee was good and chocolate cake was lovely! Worth a visit, much improved since my last visit at Christmas 16.

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 9 September 2017

This is my second visit to this multi million pound white elephant built with tax payers money. I walked in the lunch hour. The place was deserted except for around half a dozen staff. all very friendly and helpful. I was excited to hear there...More

4  Thank martinryder1956
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Very contemporary design - yet in such an old town. Curved internal walls - yet a gallery to display varied works of art. Huge amount of space - yet empty voids on visits I've made. A mix of displays achieved over time. A 'Marmite' experience...More

Thank Richard L
Reviewed 23 August 2017

This controversial building has been around for a few years now and has had its teething troubles but does now seem to be getting its act together by hosting good cross section of art and other activities, such as exhibitions, films and the occasional pop...More

Thank sfmann106
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Expanding its activities and very welcoming to the community. Art, music, film, meeting place. Children friendly.

Thank Judy S
Reviewed 6 August 2017

As we were in the area,thought we would pay a visit.A wonderful modern gallery with a several exhibitions.Also bit of local history and a great display of a Roman mosaic floor.Nice shop and tea room,free admission.

Thank roger_ashcroft
Reviewed 4 August 2017

dont know what i expected but was a bit of an anticlimax to be honest , exhibits where good ,lovely photos , but just a huge space with nothing that left a lasting impression or prompted conversation later , glad it was free

1  Thank dustythehitman
Reviewed 4 August 2017

rather interesting building from the outside and massive inside. We went to the Ed Gold photo exhibition, and then wandered into side rooms with other exhibits in, although i don't think we saw everything. There is staff around to help with questions. There is also...More

Thank Nikki21438
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