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.

SOUNDEXCHANGE is the independent music development agency for Essex.

The organisation was set-up to meet the need for a more coherent and joined-up approach to music development in the county following a research mapping exercise called Resonate commissioned in 2006/7 by the Essex Arts Officers Group. The research concluded that an independent music development agency for Essex would help to grow networks, make connections, champion best practice, support live and recorded music, be an information exchange hub and a catalyst for new musical initiatives across musical genres.

Essex Music Services is part of Essex County Council and is the lead partner in Essex Music Education Hub.  Along with our partners we deliver a range of musical services and opportunities for the young people of Essex as well as professional workforce development.

General Contact:  0333 0139356

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