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Firstsite

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

27
th
Jan

January Bazaar

10:00am - 3:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
The Bazaar is an opportunity for local makers/artists/producers to show their creative side to Colchester on a monthly basis.
27
th
Jan

Goals 2018

2:30pm - 5:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Our workshop will provide a fun space for you to meet like-minded individuals while you embark on a creative journey to discover what you really want out of 2018.

Using Creative Coaching Exercises you will finish this workshop with clarity on what you want to get out of 2018 and how to make it happen.

What is included in the one day package:

* A relaxing, welcoming space for you to be yourself and meet like minded people

* A chance to express yourself in a fun and creative way through craft and dance. (Nothing crazy!)

* Guided meditations

* Exploration of what you want for 2018 with a visualisation board. Free for you to take home.

* A clear action plan for how to reach those goals in 2018

* Free tea and coffee

Our day package is Early Bird £30 or full price £40 (Not including Event Brite fee) hosted at First Site Colchester 2.30 - 5pm 27th January. Doors open at 2.15pm.

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02
nd
Feb

Coffee and Card

10:00am - 11:30am | £5 (pay on the day)
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Join us to make a card in the We Walk the Line cafe at Firstsite and get your coffee for free! February’s Card is inspired by the #greenheart movement - ready for Feb 14th. It can also be a good luck, St Patrick’s day, or even a valentines card with the options in this stamp set! Event costs £5.
04
th
Feb

This Girl Can Essex Festival

11:00am - 1:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
This Girl Can Essex are excited to announce the final date and venue for our This Girl Can Essex Festival date for 2018. Come and join us at our Colchester event on the 4th February. Information on what will be on offer to be shared soon but all activities will be aimed at encouraging ladies of all abilities. Come celebrate women being active! All events across Essex are FREE to attend.
11
th
Feb

Family Movement and Sound Workshop

2:00pm - 4:00pm | £5 adult / £3 child / Free for under 3's
Firstsite
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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24
th
Feb
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Join artist Sarah Sabin and museum Curator Emma Reeve for the opportunity to examine and draw objects from Firstsite’s Wunderkammer and the collection at Colchester and Ipswich Museums.

Drawing Workshop with Sarah Sabin

In collaboration with Colchester & Ipswich Museums

Sat 24 Feb 2017 10am - 4pm
£40 standard/£35 members & CIMS members

Join artist Sarah Sabin and museum Curator Emma Reeve for the opportunity to examine and draw objects from Firstsite’s Wunderkammer and the collection at Colchester and Ipswich Museums.

Experiment with mark making techniques and methods of scaling up drawings and explore the artistic nature of curating museum displays. You'll also have the chance to discuss the history of the objects on display.

This session will start off at Firstsite and will visit Hollytrees Museum after lunch.

Book now at http://www.firstsite.uk/whats-...

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10
th
Mar

Holi Mela

12:00pm - 5:00pm | Free entry
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Holi is the festival of colours. It is a religious festival of Hindus and is majorly played among the Hindu communities all over the world, it’s a day for your inner child to come out. We take pride in organising this event for the first time in Colchester. Open air colour play is highlight of the event. Please save this date 10th March 2018 in your diary to celebrate Holi along with lots of Bollywood music.

Colours will be on sale at nominal prices. Please do not bring your own colours. Multi-cultural food stalls. Sale of aprons and masks. 


Information on Holi Powder:
- Powder is made from 99% corn starch and only 1% natural colours.
- It is skin friendly and bio-gradable so no environment issues to be concerned about. 
- Although the powder is safe and non-toxic we do not recommend throwing directly into eyes and mouth. 
- Not for use of children under 3 years of age and children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by adults at all times. 
- Please do not come in your best clothes, wear something that you do not mind getting colours on, wear white if possible and play with colours in designated area only.

If you require any further information regarding the event, please feel free to contact us. So, come & join us to celebrate Holi and make it a memorable one.

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11
th
Mar

Family Movement and Sound Workshop

2:00pm - 4:00pm | £5 adult / £3 child / Free for under 3's
Firstsite
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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15
th
Apr

Family Movement and Sound Workshop

2:00pm - 4:00pm | £5 adult / £3 child / Free for under 3's
Firstsite
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

Contact

Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Colchester
EssexCO1 1JH

  01206 713 700