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Firstsite’s mission is to enable new encounters and conversations between art, artists and audiences through the delivery of a programme of contemporary visual art which is both locally relevant and internationally significant.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £850,000
  • 2013-2014: £850,000
  • 2014-2015: £850,000

Video feed

Limitless Promotion

Here's a little promo video we produced for Y.A.K based freestyle performance group 'Limitless Dance Crew' A little insight into why they love what they do, and their aspirations for the future. Featuring Limitless members Isaac James and Andi Mill, who specialise in breaking and basketball skills. If you like what you see and want to get involved, then why not come along to one of their free breakdance workshops? Every Tuesday 5.30 - 7pm at firstsite Colchester.

The Big Draw with Y.A.K. 28/10/14

On 28th October 2014 Circuit took part in the worlds biggest drawing festival. The event took place on St Botolph's Plaza outside firstsite. And featured colorful and interactive workshops, run by Y.A.K's very own Limitless Dance Crew and Flow Group. As well as a mega mural, open for everyone to participate in creating some big art!

Tensio

Aura Films have created this film of Andi and Isaac in their Tensio performance for the recent Y.A.K. (Young Art Kommunity) event held at firstsite, colchester. Together they run Limitless Dance Sessions at firstsite, Colchester; A session to try out the basics of breaking in a cool and relaxed space, with local dancers Limitless, specialising in breaking and basketball skills.

What is Flow?

Meet to spin 'flow toys' to teach and learn from each other, have fun and meet new people. There are also opportunities for performances, teaching and fire spinning. 'flow toys' refers to toys for manipulation, dancing, tricks or performance that requires focussed motivation. This can result in a positive, energised and happy state of mind. This session is for all ages and uses hula hoops, poi, staff, juggling balls, contact juggling, unicycle, Diablo, devil sticks and crash mats. Please feel free to bring your own toys, but equipment is also provided. Find out more via our website http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/flow-group-for-15-25-year-olds

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Air-lock film

Air-lock -- is a film which acts as a legacy for the Airlock strand of Experimental Communities. It offered an opportunity to reflect on the findings of Airlock using journals as a starting point. From this developed a series of opposing or complimentary words which are presented in and around the spaces of firstsite by young people, firstsite staff members, and other professionals linked to the Airlock programme. We worked with Colchester Film Festival directors (Aura Films) to produce this film with support from two Y.A.K. members.

Museums at Night

Our Young Film Programmers Jack Williams and Mary Dodds created this film about Y.A.K. (Young Art Kommunity) as part of firstsite's Museums at Night event on Saturday 17 May 2014.

Tensio rehearsal

Andi and Isaac rehearsing their Tensio performance for the recent Y.A.K. (Young Art Kommunity) event held at firstsite, colchester.

TALK DON'T RANT

Which parts of our identity are our own and which parts are dictated to us? The artist Ilona Sagar was invited to work with firstsite's Y.A.K. (Young Art Kommunity) in October 2013, they worked together to create two films 'Fitting Out of Place & Talk Don't Rant', the two films can be watched individually or together. The project focuses on methods to build up or break down narrative within film. Sessions were structured around sounds, image and text techniques used for film of performance. Y.A.K. have used film as a research tool and platform for debate. The young people have become increasingly interested in the Anti-Social Behavior Act and the private and public security services which patrol areas of Colchester town centre. The group actively explored the politics surrounding the ways in which these spaces they use are monitored, owned and controlled. Y.A.K. is part of Circuit, led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

FITTING OUT OF PLACE

Which parts of our identity are our own and which parts are dictated to us? The artist Ilona Sagar was invited to work with firstsite's Y.A.K. (Young Art Kommunity) in October 2013, they worked together to create two films 'Fitting Out of Place & Talk Don't Rant', the two films can be watched individually or together. The project focuses on methods to build up or break down narrative within film. Sessions were structured around sounds, image and text techniques used for film of performance. Y.A.K. have used film as a research tool and platform for debate. The young people have become increasingly interested in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act and the private and public security services which patrol areas of Colchester town centre. The group actively explored the politics surrounding the ways in which these spaces they use are monitored, owned and controlled. Y.A.K. is part of Circuit, led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Y.A.K. - This One Wall

During February 2013, Y.A.K. worked with 15 Queen Street to create a piece of artwork for This One Wall. Y.A.K. worked in collaboration with ESCALA and LiFTS, responding to the recent exhibition Karmadavis: Art, Justice, Transition in the University of Essex Space at firstsite. Members of Y.A.K. worked alongside student Marina Barsy, to develop ideas and skills in preparation for performing and filming their response. Together they developed an in-depth idea of what they were going to perform and how they would go about doing so. After close examination of the Karmadavis exhibition, Y.A.K. formed the idea of a message to break social barriers and stereotyping. The message came from a series of word exercises, as well as the exhibition. This was followed by some space exercises, where the Y.A.K. group would portray a word they had chosen in movement. These exercises helped the group to explore a variety of ways to showcase their message, choosing their favourite places within Colchester town and how they would move from place to place. Each Y.A.K. member came up with their own message and then swapped to see what the next person could think of, relating to the last. The final phrase was derived from a picture of a train that the previous person had drawn. The phrase was then printed on to t-shirts ready for the performance.

Architecture Tour of Firstsite

RVA Project Architect, Julin Kinal takes you on a tour of firstsite in Colchester.

Dog-jam Dog-cam

As part of firstsite and Voices4Greenstead's Dog-jam project, dog-owners of Greenstead, Colchester filmed their surroundings - but with a twist - their dog was the cameraman!

25. Berryfield Mosaic - unveiling ceremony

The mosaic is now installed and fully conserved - only the final blending of the missing corner remains. This film runs through the process with the people involved, from its discovery, through to this final installation. The mosaic will shortly be covered over with glass ready for firstsite's opening in September 2011. firstsite, Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation, is relocating the Roman Berryfield Mosaic into it's new building which is currently under construction. The mosaic has been installed in the floor, just metres from where it was discovered in 1923. The giant artefact which has been housed in Colchester's Castle Museum for over 80 years, has been dismantled by the team from Cliveden Conservation. The team have documented their process in these videos. Further information on the project can be found on firstsite's website www.firstsite.uk.net. The project is a partnership between firstsite and Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Burying the Colchester Capsule

The Colchester Capsule is a time capsule that was created at firstsite's project space in 2010. The capsule was filled with small objects, photographs, and creative contributions donated by the people and businesses of Colchester. Here Sarah Sabin, an artist who facilitated the project and Andrew Phillips a historian who contributed to the capsule, talk about what will be found inside when the capsule is opened in the year 2100.

24. Berryfield Mosaic - the missing corner decision

The mosaic is joined up, just the final touches are to be done - the lower right hand corner will be blended in - see the next video for details firstsite, Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation, is relocating the Roman Berryfield Mosaic into it's new building which is currently under construction. The mosaic has been installed in the floor, just metres from where it was discovered in 1923. The giant artefact which has been housed in Colchester's Castle Museum for over 80 years, has been dismantled by the team from Cliveden Conservation. The team have documented their process in these videos. Further information on the project can be found on firstsite's website www.firstsite.uk.net. The project is a partnership between firstsite and Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

23. Berryfield Mosaic - Joined up, an aerial view

The mosaic is joined up, just the final touches are to be done - the lower right hand corner will be blended in - see the next video for details firstsite, Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation, is relocating the Roman Berryfield Mosaic into it's new building which is currently under construction. The mosaic has been installed in the floor, just metres from where it was discovered in 1923. The giant artefact which has been housed in Colchester's Castle Museum for over 80 years, has been dismantled by the team from Cliveden Conservation. The team have documented their process in these videos. Further information on the project can be found on firstsite's website www.firstsite.uk.net. The project is a partnership between firstsite and Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

21. Berryfield Mosaic - Fitting the tesserae

firstsite's Development Co-ordinator Hannah Morrison is helping Cliveden Conservation's Senior Conservator Rob Smith fit the tesserae. firstsite, Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation, is relocating the Roman Berryfield Mosaic into it's new building which is currently under construction. The mosaic will be installed in the floor, just metres from where it was discovered in 1923. The giant artefact which has been housed in Colchester's Castle Museum for over 80 years, has been dismantled by the team from Cliveden Conservation. The team have documented their process in these videos. Further information on the project can be found on firstsite's website www.firstsite.uk.net. The project is a partnership between firstsite and Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

19. Berryfield Mosaic - Placing the tesserae

firstsite's Development Co-ordinator Hannah Morrison learns how to place the tesserae according to the diagrams. firstsite, Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation, is relocating the Roman Berryfield Mosaic into it's new building which is currently under construction. The mosaic will be installed in the floor, just metres from where it was discovered in 1923. The giant artefact which has been housed in Colchester's Castle Museum for over 80 years, has been dismantled by the team from Cliveden Conservation. The team have documented their process in these videos. Further information on the project can be found on firstsite's website www.firstsite.uk.net. The project is a partnership between firstsite and Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

22. Berryfield Mosaic - Bedding in the tesserae

Here lime mortar is applied to secure the tesserae in place firstsite, Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation, is relocating the Roman Berryfield Mosaic into it's new building which is currently under construction. The mosaic will be installed in the floor, just metres from where it was discovered in 1923. The giant artefact which has been housed in Colchester's Castle Museum for over 80 years, has been dismantled by the team from Cliveden Conservation. The team have documented their process in these videos. Further information on the project can be found on firstsite's website www.firstsite.uk.net. The project is a partnership between firstsite and Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

20. Berryfield Mosaic - Re-laying the border tile

firstsite's Marketing and Press Assistant Lindsay Evans is trying her hand at laying some of the tesserae. firstsite, Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation, is relocating the Roman Berryfield Mosaic into it's new building which is currently under construction. The mosaic will be installed in the floor, just metres from where it was discovered in 1923. The giant artefact which has been housed in Colchester's Castle Museum for over 80 years, has been dismantled by the team from Cliveden Conservation. The team have documented their process in these videos. Further information on the project can be found on firstsite's website www.firstsite.uk.net. The project is a partnership between firstsite and Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

12. Berryfield Mosaic - the panels are on site

The panels have returned from Cliveden Conservation's workshop and are on site at firstsite's new building. firstsite, Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation, is relocating the Roman Berryfield Mosaic into it's new building which is currently under construction. The mosaic will be installed in the floor, just metres from where it was discovered in 1923. The giant artefact which has been housed in Colchester's Castle Museum for over 80 years, has been dismantled by the team from Cliveden Conservation. The team have documented their process in these videos. Further information on the project can be found on firstsite's website www.firstsite.uk.net. The project is a partnership between firstsite and Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

13. Berryfield Mosaic - Lowering the panel into the well

Here, the team are lowering each panel into the recess in the floor of the new firstsite building. firstsite, Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation, is relocating the Roman Berryfield Mosaic into it's new building which is currently under construction. The mosaic will be installed in the floor, just metres from where it was discovered in 1923. The giant artefact which has been housed in Colchester's Castle Museum for over 80 years, has been dismantled by the team from Cliveden Conservation. The team have documented their process in these videos. Further information on the project can be found on firstsite's website www.firstsite.uk.net. The project is a partnership between firstsite and Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

14. Berryfield Mosaic - Aligning with the datum line

Here the team explain how the panels will align with the centre of the well and the co-ordinates of the building. firstsite, Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation, is relocating the Roman Berryfield Mosaic into it's new building which is currently under construction. The mosaic will be installed in the floor, just metres from where it was discovered in 1923. The giant artefact which has been housed in Colchester's Castle Museum for over 80 years, has been dismantled by the team from Cliveden Conservation. The team have documented their process in these videos. Further information on the project can be found on firstsite's website www.firstsite.uk.net. The project is a partnership between firstsite and Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

17. Berryfield Mosaic - Mapping the tesserae

Here the team are using the acetate sheets that they mapped the tesseare on at the Castle to position the pieces along the panels. firstsite, Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation, is relocating the Roman Berryfield Mosaic into it's new building which is currently under construction. The mosaic will be installed in the floor, just metres from where it was discovered in 1923. The giant artefact which has been housed in Colchester's Castle Museum for over 80 years, has been dismantled by the team from Cliveden Conservation. The team have documented their process in these videos. Further information on the project can be found on firstsite's website www.firstsite.uk.net. The project is a partnership between firstsite and Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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