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- Firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester, Essex. Our mission is to make contemporary art relevant to everyone. Our integrated programme of work includes projects, exhibitions and publications by established and emerging artists, as well as extensive learning opportunities and artists’ support initiatives. Over the last fifteen years firstsite has gained a strong reputation by presenting ambitious work to new audiences in the East of England and beyond. Firstsite’s new building was designed by the Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. His design was selected by a worldwide architectural competition that attracted more than 100 entries. The crescent shape was created to wrap around the existing D-shaped garden of East Hill House, leaving intact the established arc of mature trees. Its low-lying, single-storey design nestles in the landscape, with minimum disruption to Colchester’s historic roofscape.