Firstsite Shortlisted for £100,000 Arts Funding

Firstsite arts venue in colchester essex

Colchester’s contemporary arts organisation Firstsite is one of six regional arts organisations across the UK which have been shortlisted for the annual £100,000 Freelands Award. The other five finalists include The Hepworth in Yorkshire and the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes. The Award was established in 2016 to raise the profile of mid-career female artists and to support the work of visual arts organisations outside London.

Located in Britain’s fastest growing town, Firstsite reflects the region’s strong arts heritage fusing art, education and community involvement,. Since becoming director in 2016, Sally Shaw has co-commissioned Gillian Wearing to create the Millicent Fawcett statue for Parliament Square. The winning organisation and female artist will be announced in autumn 2019.