Photography for Firstsite - Updated interiors to reflect COVID-19 Secure changes

September 25, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

When lockdown restrictions eased here in the UK, one of the first places we visited was Firstsite, Colchester's international gallery and creative community space. It's one of our favourite places to spend a Saturday in Colchester, and being such a well-designed, spacious building we knew that it would be easy to keep a distance from other visitors and that all necessary precautions would be taken to keep everyone safe, without affecting the exhibition experience. We were right - we had a really lovely visit, really enjoyed the exhibitions, particularly 'Tell me the story of all these things' (catch it before it closes on 11 October if you can!) and a good look round the shop, which is also one of my favourite shops in Colchester!

 

Exterior image of Firstsite gallery, with The Minories building and plants to the left, and blue sky and clouds above.FirstsiteFirstsite gallery, Colchester. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd.

 

Firstsite work closely with the community - their Holiday Fun programme supported over 200 children and their caregivers with free sports activities and nutritious meals this summer. If you'd like to find out more about the work that they do you can do so here, and also consider making a donation if you are able, to help them reach even more families in East Anglia to help them stay happy, healthy and tackle social isolation.

 

I've worked with Firstsite a number of times now, including capturing images for their re-desgined website and the opening of Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993) at the end of last year, so I was really pleased to be asked back to take some new images showing the changes that have been made recently.

 

Welcome area at Firstsite gallery Colchester, with sculptures in the foreground and 'Hello' banner.FirstsiteFirstsite gallery, Colchester. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd. The welcome desk at Firstsite, with a member of staff to the left, behind perspex, and visitors to the right, wearing facemarks.FirstsiteFirstsite gallery, Colchester. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd. The shop at Firstsite, with books and products on displayFirstsiteFirstsite gallery, Colchester. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd. The shop at Firstsite, with books and products on display, and visitors wearing facemarks browsing.FirstsiteFirstsite gallery, Colchester. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd.

The Firstsite shop is so good for gifts! Art books, handmade jewellery, feminist literature, stylish homeware, all really lovely!

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The café has moved to the back of the building and has a lovely balcony area outside, too. I recommend the chocolate cake!

FirstsiteFirstsiteFirstsite gallery, Colchester. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd. The welcome  area at Firstsite, with 'Hello' on a banner above, signs towards the bottom left, visitors bottom centre and sculptures to the right.FirstsiteFirstsite gallery, Colchester. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd.

 

It's a stunning building with a great programme of exhibitions, fantastic cinema and a truly lovely team to work with!

Firstsite

Lewis Gardens, High Street, 
Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH

Website: firstsite.uk
Telephone: 01206 713 700
Email: [email protected]

Opening times:
10am–5pm every day

 


Hi, I'm Jayne Lloyd, a professional photographer based in Essex. If you would like to speak to me about working together please don't hesitate to get in touch. I'm also Project Manager at Shutter Hub, a photography organisation providing opportunities, support and networking for creative photographers worldwide. If you'd like to get involved in that, you can join us here.


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