Exhibitions

Colchester has fantastic selection of galleries and museums as well as a good variety of multifunctional spaces and locations ideal for a pop-up art show. This means there's usually a great exhibition to take in whenever you choose to visit.

Firstsite is the best place to start, but browse the listings below to see what other exhibitions are on now and coming up.

Concrete Dreams: Just Can't Get Enough May 21

Immerse yourself in the experiences of those who moved to post-WWII 'New Towns' and the communities affected by these developments, through paintings, photography, videos, visual poetry and drawings. Presented 75 years after Basildon in Essex was designated a New Town…

David Lock: In-between Us May 21

'In-between Us' seeks to examine identity and masculinities, challenging social constructs and stereotypes through art by weaving connections between the past and present. Join us to investigate how ideas of masculinities have changed across centuries, reflect on the…

Thunderbirds and Co : The Joy of Puppetry May 21

Embark on a nostalgic journey through the enchanting world of puppetry with our exhibition,  Thunderbirds and Co: The Joy of Puppetry . Running from 29 March to 30 June, this exhibition is a celebration of the art and legacy of early television puppeteers, including local…

Tim Noble & Sue Webster: Love and Hate at Firstsite May 21

Noble & Webster have created a remarkable group of anti-monuments in their 24-year career, mixing the strategies of modern sculpture and the attitude of punk to make art from anti-art. Their work derives much of its power from its fusion of opposites, form and anti-form, high…

Lunar Lullabies: Opening Celebration Jun 08

Discover how science, art and imagination have intertwined over the centuries to shape our culture and fuel our dreams of distant galaxies. Be the first to experience interactive space objects, immersive extra-terrestrial landscapes along with sculptures of robots…

Chappel Viaduct Art Display Jun 15

Władysław Mirecki - Chappel Viaduct Art Display This display will take place throughout the summer during Museum opening hours from Saturday 15th June to Sunday 18th August 2024. We hold regular event days throughout the year, see What's On for details. Come along and see the…

Chappel 175 Anniversary Celebration Jun 29

Celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Marks Tey to Sudbury line and Chappel & Wakes Colne Station. A special weekend of celebration for the anniversary of the Marks Tey to Sudbury line. 2024 marks 175 years since the Colchester, Stour Valley, Sudbury and Halstead Railway…

Gaia at Colchester Castle Jul 19

This summer, Colchester Castle is thrilled to welcome Gaia, a captivating six-metre diameter touring artwork that brings the Earth’s beauty to an unprecedented scale. Developed in collaboration with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot, and the UK…