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firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester, Essex. Our mission is to make contemporary art relevant to everyone.

Our integrated programme of work includes projects, exhibitions and publications by established and emerging artists, as well as extensive learning opportunities and artists’ support initiatives.

Upcoming events


Discovering Your Next Chapter

2:00pm - 4:30pm |
Lewis Gardens
Unsure what you want out of the next chapter in your life? This Event is for you. Here we will work out what you want in a fun and creative way.

What you will get:

* A Visualisation Board to take home
* Fun and Creative exercises to help you work out what you want in your life
* Chance to meet like-minded people 
* Some time out to focus on YOU! 
* Clarity
* Inspiration
* A giggle!
* Free Tea and Coffee

Get your Early Bird offer for Just £40! Book now to avoid disappointment! 

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Lewis Gardens
A three-course meal and evening of entertainment (7pm drinks for 7.30pm supper), including food by The Gamekeeper's Daughter (Young Chef of the Year 2017, Suffolk Food and Drink Awards), Unique Bakes and Good Souls Bakery and after-supper talk on ‘Walking and Nature: The Health Benefits’ by Jules Pretty, author of The East Country: Tales of Valley and Shore (2017).

All in the excellent cause of raising funds to support this year's Jane's Walk Colchester weekend (May 4-7th 2018): a free walking festival that takes place in towns and cities worldwide on the first weekend in May to honour the life and legacy of the urbanist Jane Jacobs. This is the 8th year that Colchester has hosted this by now much-loved festival. Proceeds from the evening will support all publicity expenses and related weekend events, allowing the festival to continue to be enjoyed entirely free, as originally conceived, by all participants...

Your menu options for the evening are as follows...


Option 1: Wood Pigeon and Pistachio Terrine with Pickled Beetroot and Seasonal Leaves. 
Option 2: Smoked Carrot Lox with Pickled Beetroot and Seasonal Leaves (Vegan)

Option 1: Braised Local Venison with Balsamic Onions and Thyme
Option 2: Smoky BBQ Seitan with Balsamic Onions (Vegan)
Both served with Winter Seasonal Mash with a side order of Braised Kale

Local Apple Crumble Cake with Ginger cream (Vegan ginger oat cream)

The price of your ticket includes all food and entertainment. There will be paid bar available throughout the entire evening.

All contributions to the evening have been given freely: many thanks to Jules Pretty, Chefs The Gamekeeper's DaughterGood Souls Bakery and Unique Bakes ColchesterFirstsite Colchester for donating the Venue and East of England Co-op for supplying the ingredients free of charge; finally, to Marc De ath and Caroline Rhys-Lewis for their inspiration and unqualified support.

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Family Movement and Sound Workshop

2:00pm - 4:00pm | £5 adult / £3 child / Free for under 3's
Lewis Gardens
The Colchester Movement and Sound Collective are now offering monthly Sunday workshops suitable for families and open to all ages. We welcome adults with a willingness to connect with their inner child! Come and explore movement and sound within a creative, inclusive and playful environment. We aim to guide you out of your head and into your body, breath and heart.

Sunday MAS ♥ movement and sound 

guided by a collective of dance, sound, yoga and bodywork practitioners 
enriched by creative live percussion.and complimentary playlists

What to expect:
- Light and creative yoga for all ages
- Movement games
- Guided explorations into creative movement and sound
- Laughter yoga
- Playing with props
- Story Telling
- Free Dancing - move how you wish to a creative music playlist and live percussion
- Sound Journeys and Relaxation

***Welcome to drop in or out anytime within the 2 hours (with exception to the last 20 minutes to avoid disturbance during relaxation)

Cost : £5 adult / £3 child / Free for under 3's 
Pay on the door! Just turn up!

* PLEASE NOTE: This event is not part of the Firstsite programme, so payment will be made directly to the workshop facilitators on the day. No pre-booking required.* 

Email: fridaynightmas@gmail.com

We can also be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FridayMAS

The Collective Members 
Yan Thompson - Yoga with Yan: www.facebook.com/yogawithyan 
Lucy Teed - Holistic Massage: www.facebook.com/lucyteedholistic 
Sarah-Savitri Yoga - Your Space: www.facebook.com/yourspaceyoga 
Omar Aziz - Gong Voyage: www.facebook.com/groups/1678109815790602/ 
Isobel Moth - Dance of Awareness: www.facebook.com/isobel.moth 
Leanne Weird - Ecstatic Dance Essex: www.facebook.com/ecstaticdanceessex

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Opening hours

Day Time
Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Monday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm


Lewis Gardens
EssexCO1 1JH

  01206 713 700