Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester CO1 1JH

Firstsite is a contemporary visual arts organisation located in Colchester. It is known for its distinctive design and building architecture designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Vinoly. Firstsite provides a broad range and variety of art forms and such as programme of exhibitions, residencies and screenings and commissions by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.

Located at the heart of historic Colchester, the iconic, golden-clad building has soon come to known as the international centre for the contemporary visual arts. It also serves as social, cultural and commercial space for the region.

Firstsite has partnered with Plus Tate, an organisation with 18-strong galleries some of the include True Contemporary in Margate, The Baltic in Gateshead and The Hepworth Wakefield, all of these 18 galleries join together from time to time to share skills and resources, knowledge as well as some the collections and programmes that have at their own galleries.

Firstsite offers its 180-seat tiered auditorium and the hi-spec function space and meeting rooms for hire and host of business purposes such as presentations, product launches and meetings. Firstsite can also be hired for club and society meetings it also makes the perfect place to have amazing private parties and celebrations.

The theatre is completely free to enter, you can contribute to the theatre through donations, memberships and legacies this provides employment and learning opportunities for local people, and the local artists.

Creative events and activities for the whole family are offered at Firstsite from wide- ranging programmes to drop-in sessions for parents with kids and toddlers to high skill art and craft courses for adults. The theatre also does special screenings of ballet and opera screened from across the world including talks and debates in the theatres auditorium. Visitors will experience the most cutting edge in contemporary art and rich artistic legacy cultivated by the unique landscape in Colchester.