Essex CO1 1JH
+44 (0)1206 577 067
Firstsite is a visual arts organisation whose integrated programme of work includes projects, exhibitions and publications by established and emerging artists, as well as 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.
Firstsite’s new building was designed by the Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. His design was selected by a worldwide architectural competition that attracted more than 100 entries. The state-of-the-art auditorium seats 190 people and boasts a six-metre tab tension screen.
15 Queen Street
Essex CO1 2PH
+44 (0)1206 562 888
Colchester plays home to a vast array of creative talent – from artists, graphic designers, poets and tailors to milliners, musicians, film-makers, cooks and thespians… the list is endless.
Until now, this talent has been largely disconnected. Without a place to collaborate and flourish, they have been forced to leave Colchester in order to practice their trade elsewhere.
In response to this challenge, Firstsite has collaborated with the Arts Council and The Creative Coop to seize an incredible opportunity to make use of a three storey Georgian building, right in the heart of the town centre.
This building is called 15 Queen Street and the vision is to create a community owned space that helps creativity flourish at grass roots level in Colchester.
74 High Street
Essex CO1 1UE
+44 (0)1206 712 437
The Minories Galleries is part of Colchester School of Art and delivers a programme of exhibitions and events to challenge and stimulate, contributing to the vibrant cultural ecology of Colchester.