Firstsite believes that everyone can enjoy and understand contemporary art by taking part.
We develop new and distinctive approaches to looking at art, encouraging conversations, and giving people an opportunity to get involved.
Firstsite's Learning programme is designed to develop critical and reflective practice among participants and to support creativity and engagement with contemporary art.
The programme covers drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, performance, live art, craft and design.
Our team also curates talks, discussions and critical debate on contemporary art and culture, as well as organising family film screenings in firstsite's state-of-the-art auditorium.
In 2014-15 the Learning team engaged with over 26,000 people including over 4800 who attended events at festivals throughout the East of England. We work with over 2000 school pupils and their teachers every year and created new art resources for Special Educational Schools.
Firstsite is proud to be part of Circuit, a national programme which connects young people to the arts led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Our Circuit programme provides regular paid opportunities for 15 young people who have been actively influencing cultural production and sharing their skills with their peers.
The programme for schools, colleges and teachers includes regular weekly sessions and after-school, holiday and drop-in sessions for children, young people and families.