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  • "I am sorry "Jess Jephcott" regards me as a philistine just because I object to the continuing misuse of public money on this failed project that has only benefited a minority of the artistic community.
    I agree the VAF is here. Fortunately it is somewhat hidden by buildings so it does not spoil the view. All I ask is that a financially viable use for the carbuncle is found or the responsibility for this moneypit be handed back to the Arts Council.
    So few go into the VAF that I no longer bother to stand outside with my protest board. I do make regular visits to monitor the graffiti and deteriorating structure.
    If anyone thinks the cultural quarter a great development prospect, then do contact Colchester Council. So far no one is willing to put their money in, even Curzon cinemas seem to have quietly shelved their cinema idea as Colchester Council have declined to fund it.
    Perhaps the artistic elite might consider the disastrous long term perception of modern art if so much public money continues to be wasted on a succession of exhibitions attended by so few."
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Firstsite targeted by vandals

Firstsite targeted by vandals

Firstsite targeted by vandals

First published in News

ANOTHER giant window estimated to be worth thousands of pounds has been smashed at Colchester’s Firstsite gallery.

The 12ft tall window, next to the main entrance, is thought to have been smashed deliberately with a stone and police are investigating.

A Firstsite spokesman said the exact value of the window was unknown and an insurance claim had been made.

Last October a £70 stud designed to stop skateboarders was used to smash another slightly bigger window, worth £10,000, at the gallery entrance.

More than 140 studs were installed to deter skateboarders from damaging street furniture at the facility but one was unscrewed to carry out the crime.

An Essex Police spokesman said it was appealing for witnesses to the latest incident that happened on the evening of Thursday August 7.

Anyone with information should contact Colchester Police on 101.

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