I was really excited to see that Firstsite, Colchester's international gallery and creative community space, has launched their brand new website this week. It's a beautiful, bold site with plenty of colour and pattern, and intuitive navigation, by Focus. I was extra excited because I'm really pleased to have been commissioned to take many of the photographs featured on the site.
I've been a fan of Firstsite for a long time. Tim and I often pop in to check out the frequently changing exhibitions when we're spending a day wandering around Colchester, and when we first moved here in 2015 they held an Open exhibition, which I took part in and was a great way to get involved in the community.
Here are a few of the photographs I took for them, but visit the Firstsite website to have a look - check out the upcoming exhibitions, events, courses and if you're looking for a unique venue you can hire beautiful spaces too!
Lilah Fowler: Code Clay, Data Dirt.
Elsa James: Black Girl Essex
Mark Titchner: Some questions about us
Book signing with David Olusoga
The Firstsite shop is so good for gifts! Art books, handmade jewellery, feminist literature, stylish homeware, it's all a bit hard to resist.
The café in the Welcome area serves seriously good coffee
The cinema has a great program of films (and those lines were absolute joy to photograph!)
It's a stunning building with a great programme of exhibitions, community events and a truly lovely team to work with!
Lewis Gardens, High Street,
Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH
Telephone: 01206 713 700
Email: [email protected]
Welcome area and Box Office: Mon–Sun: 9am–9pm
Art Gallery: Mon–Sun: 10am–5pm
Firstsite Shop: Mon–Sun: 9am–9pm
Café: Mon–Sun: 10am–5pm
Bar: Mon–Sun: 6pm–8pm
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