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Address: Site Office High Street | Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 1PG, England
Phone Number:
+44 1206 713700
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester, Essex....

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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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol exhibition is good currently, however normally every time I go in there, there is hardly any art. Such a big space but not a lot going on, which is a shame.

Reviewed May 4, 2016
Essex, United Kingdom
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Essex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Andy Warhol exhibition is good currently, however normally every time I go in there, there is hardly any art. Such a big space but not a lot going on, which is a shame.

1 Thank baby_todge
Paris, France
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Reviewed May 3, 2016

This art gallery is quite interesting! It doesn't have a lot of art work being shown but instead it has a big focus on creativity. Indeed, there're quite a few workshops, mostly aimed towards young kids, where you can express yourself artistically! And some art works are brilliant to be honest! Also the entrance is free ;)

1 Thank Alexandre C
Coggeshall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 18, 2016

We went during a kids art focus weekend with Andy Warhol as the theme. Kids (4yo girl, 8 yo boy) both loved the painting by numbers, the shadow drawing and the diy printing. Always a favourite, always will come back.

Thank Mike B
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed April 15, 2016

I live very near to Firstsite and go there 1-3 a week. I have a toddler and she absolutely loves it not just as a space to run around while I look at the work, but also because there is always something for kids to do. She has developed a near obsession with drawing thanks to the little table and... More 

Thank Eleanoreglise
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 15, 2016

Entry is free. The gallery is quite small and had a few exhibitions on which you can look round in minutes. The cafe is poor with a very limited offering. If you want to eat in nicer surroundings use the other cafe across the road through the small gate.

Thank G07
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 11, 2016

I took my children to the Andy Warhol exhibition and they enjoyed looking around. I liked that they gave children a craft project to do (£1) as walking around a gallery isn't their favourite thing but it did make them think about the pictures. we were going to use the cafe afterwards but it didn't look as if they had... More 

1 Thank Jane H
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 10, 2016

Good selection of Andy Warhol pieces well displayed and curated. Excellent to see the iconic, and somewhat locally maligned firstsite putting on major works.

Thank Martin G
Essex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 2, 2016

Some interesting exhibits recently but more needs to be done to make it appealing to all. We loved the recent exhibition using Constable pieces (not the real paintings but prints!) to make a fuseball table, table tennis and pool table. Very innovative way of getting younger children involved with art and great family fun instead of stuffy exhibits or piles... More 

Thank 590shelley
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Reviewed March 31, 2016

Although we've lived within easy reach of Colchester for a couple of years, until the Andy Warhol exhibition was advertised we didn't realise this place existed! We were very pleased to see such exhibits so local to us, and were also interested in the other two artists' work, as well as being impressed with the area where anyone can get... More 

1 Thank Terry O
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Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

Came here for the Andy Warhol exhibition. Exhibition was pretty decent. The venue is great, really cool design and spacious too but with plenty room to put on a show. Only think that let it down was the cafe area, reckon it could do with a slight spruce up.

Thank Davevaughan1983

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