First Site

First Site, the contemporary visual arts centre, opened in 2012 to huge national acclaim. Well worth a visit, the gallery has an ever changing series of exhibitions throughout the year which will appeal to all age groups, with workshops and hands-on exhibits for children as well as adults. The Minories is just around the corner and features exhibitions from MA students at Colchester School of Art.

First Site

Lewix Gardens, High streetColchester




First Site is open Monday through Sunday from 10 am until 5 pm. If you need to store any form of luggage during your visit, there is a cloak room behind the reception desk. A £1 donation is suggested and much appreciated, but not required.

Food and drinks are not permitted in the gallery spaces and photography is not allowed in any part of the building. First Site also asks that visitors do no touch the artwork. First Site staff, in black t-shirts, are happy to help you in anyway, including any questions you may have.

First Site has multiple exhibitions currently open, including 15 Seconds Part 3, Assembled Paintings and Drawings and the First Site Open Exhibition.

15 seconds part three was created by Chris Dorley-Brown. It gives you a glimpse into the lives of 26 people born in the eighties. It shows how these people and their lives have changed since childhood. This project began in 1994 when several hundred children, ages eight to eleven were invited to make a 15 second video of themselves.

Then, in 2004, Dorley-Brown met up with some of the children, by then adults aged 18 through 21, to see how their lives had changed. They all met once again, in 2014. Dorley-Brown then put all the pictures of each person together, so that the three selves are in a dialog together.

This exhibition, it is on display and open for viewing from Saturday, 5 September, until Sunday, 24 October.

Assembled Paintings and Drawings by Chris Seaber is part of the Studio Shots. Studio Shots showcases the work of Essex-based artists. This exhibition is available until Sunday, 29 November.

The Open Exhibition is a dynamic show that highlights the work of artists working and living in the East of England. The artwork in this exhibition will be for sale. This exhibition will be open until 22 November, 2015.

The First Site Open Performance Weekend will be taking place on November 7 and 8, 2015. The Open Performance Weekend is two days of live and performance art. More details will be available as November gets closer.

The Potential of Open Exhibitions will take place on the eighteenth of November, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. This event is a fast paced, informative talk about the role played by open exhibitions in the modern art world.

Mon 15 Jun 2015, Sue Bunting