An artwork depicting Paddington Bear painting brightly coloured brush strokes on cardboard.


An uplifting exhibition featuring artworks from artists across the world, brought together by @background_bob.

Last autumn Firstsite opened @background_bob and his amazing friends a unique collaboration between a young disabled artist from Essex and 200 prominent street artists from across the world, plus members of the public and key workers.

It caused a sensation, with the show also helping to raise over £100,000 for local charities, when many of the artworks sold in an online auction.

Now, the irrepressible youngster returns with a new show @background_bob and his amazing friends – Guess who’s back! - the title inspired by hip hop legend Eminem’s hit Without Me - with even more contributing artists and more than 200 stunning artworks – created by artists from across the globe - to enjoy at Firstsite in Colchester from 18 September (until 9 January 2022).

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Free Entry


  • On-site catering


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Map & Directions


@background_bob and his amazing friends – Guess who’s back!

Type:Art Exhibition

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

Tel: 01206 713700

Opening Times

Season (18 Sept 2021 - 9 Jan 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* Free entry