Popular McLean exhibition extended for two months

Popular McLean exhibition extended for two months

Popular McLean exhibition extended for two months

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A FIRSTSITE exhibition has been so popular it is being extended for more than two months.

The Bruce McLean exhibition was meant to run until September 21, but the gallery has decided to extend it until November 30.

The exhibition, which features work from 1965 to the present, includes sculpture, painting, photography, drawings, ceramics and film.

It is the first to use Firstsite’s seven galleries.

Matthew Rowe, director at the High Street gallery, said: “This exhibition is a coup for Firstsite and Colchester, with many envious visitors travelling from London and further afield to see it.

“It is certainly the most successful use of the various and unusual spaces in our building to date and I would urge critics of Firstsite to come in and see this major exhibition and how it fully activates the architecture.”

Another exhibition was set to be unveiled from next month, but it has been postponed until December.

The free exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

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5:26pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

Stop funding Firsts*ite. Biggest waste of money in the history of this town. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. You keep talking it up Mr Rowe. Ride the gravy train as long as possible...!
Stop funding Firsts*ite. Biggest waste of money in the history of this town. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. You keep talking it up Mr Rowe. Ride the gravy train as long as possible...! Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 4

6:22pm Fri 22 Aug 14

colpak says...

Bert_Stimpson wrote:
Stop funding Firsts*ite. Biggest waste of money in the history of this town. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. You keep talking it up Mr Rowe. Ride the gravy train as long as possible...!
Wow the most amazing thing about your post is that it took an hour for someone to post the same predictable response which is always seen about Firstsite. I think the Gazette deliberately put these articles out just to stock this fire.
[quote][p][bold]Bert_Stimpson[/bold] wrote: Stop funding Firsts*ite. Biggest waste of money in the history of this town. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. You keep talking it up Mr Rowe. Ride the gravy train as long as possible...![/p][/quote]Wow the most amazing thing about your post is that it took an hour for someone to post the same predictable response which is always seen about Firstsite. I think the Gazette deliberately put these articles out just to stock this fire. colpak
  • Score: -7

10:48pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Boris says...

Nobody should criticise this exhibition till they have seen it. I haven't seen it yet, so I refrain from commenting.
Nobody should criticise this exhibition till they have seen it. I haven't seen it yet, so I refrain from commenting. Boris
  • Score: 5

11:12pm Fri 22 Aug 14

greenbroker says...

Bert_Stimpson
So sad.
Bert_Stimpson So sad. greenbroker
  • Score: -6

11:26pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Quote from Firstsite "many envious visitors travelling from London and further afield to see it". Rubbish. Hardly anyone seen going into the VAF apart from the repeated visits of Firstsite staff and their friends. Both Firstsite and Colchester Council refuse to make public the detailed visitor numbers collected electronically so you could compare with actual observation.
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If you are unable to visit I suggest you google the exhibition to get an impression of this pretentious mess. No national impact. Most the national papers ignore it. Hardly any enthusiasm from the local press. At least Firstsite is consistent.
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How much more public money will be wasted before financial reality dawns on the town hall social club?

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Quote from Firstsite "many envious visitors travelling from London and further afield to see it". Rubbish. Hardly anyone seen going into the VAF apart from the repeated visits of Firstsite staff and their friends. Both Firstsite and Colchester Council refuse to make public the detailed visitor numbers collected electronically so you could compare with actual observation. . If you are unable to visit I suggest you google the exhibition to get an impression of this pretentious mess. No national impact. Most the national papers ignore it. Hardly any enthusiasm from the local press. At least Firstsite is consistent. . How much more public money will be wasted before financial reality dawns on the town hall social club? . Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 2

7:25am Sat 23 Aug 14

whittle1 says...

Bert_Stimpson wrote:
Stop funding Firsts*ite. Biggest waste of money in the history of this town. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. You keep talking it up Mr Rowe. Ride the gravy train as long as possible...!
Pathetic. Dragging out the same old negative rubbish Bert. Are you missing something in life? How about just for once commenting on something you've actually been to see.
[quote][p][bold]Bert_Stimpson[/bold] wrote: Stop funding Firsts*ite. Biggest waste of money in the history of this town. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. You keep talking it up Mr Rowe. Ride the gravy train as long as possible...![/p][/quote]Pathetic. Dragging out the same old negative rubbish Bert. Are you missing something in life? How about just for once commenting on something you've actually been to see. whittle1
  • Score: -1

8:40am Sat 23 Aug 14

hughie-s says...

Why did these "envious visitors" wait for this exhibition to come to Colchester, if they were that keen they would have gone to Leeds where it spent three months before coming to Colchester.
Why did these "envious visitors" wait for this exhibition to come to Colchester, if they were that keen they would have gone to Leeds where it spent three months before coming to Colchester. hughie-s
  • Score: 11

2:34pm Sat 23 Aug 14

William George says...

Boris wrote:
Nobody should criticise this exhibition till they have seen it. I haven't seen it yet, so I refrain from commenting.
Most of these comments are criticising the VAF building, which means is not criticising the Exhibition.
Considering the cost of the construction of the building and funding for the maintenance of it and other continued losses the criticizing comments have their good reasons why they criticise too.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Nobody should criticise this exhibition till they have seen it. I haven't seen it yet, so I refrain from commenting.[/p][/quote]Most of these comments are criticising the VAF building, which means is not criticising the Exhibition. Considering the cost of the construction of the building and funding for the maintenance of it and other continued losses the criticizing comments have their good reasons why they criticise too. William George
  • Score: 13

9:01pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Brown Envelopes says...

I like the exhibition about the internet con man, Kim Dot Com.
It went hand in hand with the miscreants that came up with the conception of spending £30 F*****g million on that farce.
Mind you like goes with like and all will be revealed in the very near future.
If you think the Politicians expenses fiasco was a sore point well you aint seen nothing yet !
You lot above bar a couple dont like the criticisms levelled on that sh*t hole that is falling apart.
It will soon be closed or sold off to private tender within 10 years, the wheels have already been set in motion for C.C.T./Best Value Compulsory Competitive Tendering.
Watch and see ?
Lick the Gravy Train and enjoy while it lasts, it will look very good on ones C.V.
AS for the art what a load a of sh*te. I gate crashed a poncey convention there a few weeks ago. It made me laugh the restaurant was empty and three of us joined this pack of about 50 Quiff y haired Milfers in suits.
I picked up a name tag and and had free luxury coffee and sticky finger food while listening to a load of B/s for half an hour.
During the break another coffee and biccky then I made my way out, Pretending to go to the toilet what a laugh LOL !
I like the exhibition about the internet con man, Kim Dot Com. It went hand in hand with the miscreants that came up with the conception of spending £30 F*****g million on that farce. Mind you like goes with like and all will be revealed in the very near future. If you think the Politicians expenses fiasco was a sore point well you aint seen nothing yet ! You lot above bar a couple dont like the criticisms levelled on that sh*t hole that is falling apart. It will soon be closed or sold off to private tender within 10 years, the wheels have already been set in motion for C.C.T./Best Value Compulsory Competitive Tendering. Watch and see ? Lick the Gravy Train and enjoy while it lasts, it will look very good on ones C.V. AS for the art what a load a of sh*te. I gate crashed a poncey convention there a few weeks ago. It made me laugh the restaurant was empty and three of us joined this pack of about 50 Quiff y haired Milfers in suits. I picked up a name tag and and had free luxury coffee and sticky finger food while listening to a load of B/s for half an hour. During the break another coffee and biccky then I made my way out, Pretending to go to the toilet what a laugh LOL ! Brown Envelopes
  • Score: 2

10:23pm Sat 23 Aug 14

lm1234 says...

If their most successful venture is a free exhibition I struggle to work out where they are making the money to keep it open and contribute back to the town's economy after the millions it took to build. Massive waste of time, money and space considering how it's completely underused and not at all the "community hub" it was sold to be. Adding to that, think about how the bus station had to move for it, costing even more money! Not to mention how Colchester Council want to cut social care services whenever they can yet this was an acceptable use of funds.
If their most successful venture is a free exhibition I struggle to work out where they are making the money to keep it open and contribute back to the town's economy after the millions it took to build. Massive waste of time, money and space considering how it's completely underused and not at all the "community hub" it was sold to be. Adding to that, think about how the bus station had to move for it, costing even more money! Not to mention how Colchester Council want to cut social care services whenever they can yet this was an acceptable use of funds. lm1234
  • Score: 9

10:52pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Hamiltonandy says...

The VAF does not need to "make money" as the huge funding from the Arts Council, ECC and Colchester Council pays the bills. Firstsite can do as little or as much as they wish as there is no control over their activities. Their meetings including those with Colchester Council representatives are held in secret. Neither public or press are permitted to attend.
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The VAF is a permanent loss to the "town economy" as it does not increase visitors to the town. Also this central location should be a moneyspinner if commercially viable business were permitted to operate. Unfortunately not one of the sixty councillors will talk about the VAF.
The VAF does not need to "make money" as the huge funding from the Arts Council, ECC and Colchester Council pays the bills. Firstsite can do as little or as much as they wish as there is no control over their activities. Their meetings including those with Colchester Council representatives are held in secret. Neither public or press are permitted to attend. . The VAF is a permanent loss to the "town economy" as it does not increase visitors to the town. Also this central location should be a moneyspinner if commercially viable business were permitted to operate. Unfortunately not one of the sixty councillors will talk about the VAF. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 4

9:54am Mon 25 Aug 14

whitepaper says...

Hamiltonandy wrote:
The VAF does not need to "make money" as the huge funding from the Arts Council, ECC and Colchester Council pays the bills. Firstsite can do as little or as much as they wish as there is no control over their activities. Their meetings including those with Colchester Council representatives are held in secret. Neither public or press are permitted to attend.
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The VAF is a permanent loss to the "town economy" as it does not increase visitors to the town. Also this central location should be a moneyspinner if commercially viable business were permitted to operate. Unfortunately not one of the sixty councillors will talk about the VAF.
The Arts Council funding is, I believe, around 800k a year. Is is coincidental that once that funding was secured the town's museum service lost its funding from the Arts Council resulting in a downsizing of staff and the closure of two museums on a Monday (although the VIC is now in Hollytrees, it doesn't open on a Sunday).
[quote][p][bold]Hamiltonandy[/bold] wrote: The VAF does not need to "make money" as the huge funding from the Arts Council, ECC and Colchester Council pays the bills. Firstsite can do as little or as much as they wish as there is no control over their activities. Their meetings including those with Colchester Council representatives are held in secret. Neither public or press are permitted to attend. . The VAF is a permanent loss to the "town economy" as it does not increase visitors to the town. Also this central location should be a moneyspinner if commercially viable business were permitted to operate. Unfortunately not one of the sixty councillors will talk about the VAF.[/p][/quote]The Arts Council funding is, I believe, around 800k a year. Is is coincidental that once that funding was secured the town's museum service lost its funding from the Arts Council resulting in a downsizing of staff and the closure of two museums on a Monday (although the VIC is now in Hollytrees, it doesn't open on a Sunday). whitepaper
  • Score: 5

5:22pm Mon 25 Aug 14

jim_bo says...

Brown Envelopes wrote:
I like the exhibition about the internet con man, Kim Dot Com.
It went hand in hand with the miscreants that came up with the conception of spending £30 F*****g million on that farce.
Mind you like goes with like and all will be revealed in the very near future.
If you think the Politicians expenses fiasco was a sore point well you aint seen nothing yet !
You lot above bar a couple dont like the criticisms levelled on that sh*t hole that is falling apart.
It will soon be closed or sold off to private tender within 10 years, the wheels have already been set in motion for C.C.T./Best Value Compulsory Competitive Tendering.
Watch and see ?
Lick the Gravy Train and enjoy while it lasts, it will look very good on ones C.V.
AS for the art what a load a of sh*te. I gate crashed a poncey convention there a few weeks ago. It made me laugh the restaurant was empty and three of us joined this pack of about 50 Quiff y haired Milfers in suits.
I picked up a name tag and and had free luxury coffee and sticky finger food while listening to a load of B/s for half an hour.
During the break another coffee and biccky then I made my way out, Pretending to go to the toilet what a laugh LOL !
I wait with baited breath, although it would be of no surprise.

Any idea of time frame for your findings?
[quote][p][bold]Brown Envelopes[/bold] wrote: I like the exhibition about the internet con man, Kim Dot Com. It went hand in hand with the miscreants that came up with the conception of spending £30 F*****g million on that farce. Mind you like goes with like and all will be revealed in the very near future. If you think the Politicians expenses fiasco was a sore point well you aint seen nothing yet ! You lot above bar a couple dont like the criticisms levelled on that sh*t hole that is falling apart. It will soon be closed or sold off to private tender within 10 years, the wheels have already been set in motion for C.C.T./Best Value Compulsory Competitive Tendering. Watch and see ? Lick the Gravy Train and enjoy while it lasts, it will look very good on ones C.V. AS for the art what a load a of sh*te. I gate crashed a poncey convention there a few weeks ago. It made me laugh the restaurant was empty and three of us joined this pack of about 50 Quiff y haired Milfers in suits. I picked up a name tag and and had free luxury coffee and sticky finger food while listening to a load of B/s for half an hour. During the break another coffee and biccky then I made my way out, Pretending to go to the toilet what a laugh LOL ![/p][/quote]I wait with baited breath, although it would be of no surprise. Any idea of time frame for your findings? jim_bo
  • Score: 0

1:13pm Tue 26 Aug 14

julieee says...

Just wondering what is to happen to the exhibition that was in the pace from the end of this one onwards. Was there one? Is it delayed?
A two month shift in exhibition planning is not insignificant. Programmes for the years events would have been published and artists booked.
It almost seems as though there was no event to follow it so it has been extended.
Just wondering what is to happen to the exhibition that was in the pace from the end of this one onwards. Was there one? Is it delayed? A two month shift in exhibition planning is not insignificant. Programmes for the years events would have been published and artists booked. It almost seems as though there was no event to follow it so it has been extended. julieee
  • Score: 6

4:06pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Hamiltonandy says...

A quote from an EADT report from September 7th 2013 by Martin Newall:

The Firstsite gallery itself was devoid of punters. This meant that apart from the goods on sale in the main foyer and some daily children’s workshops, there wasn’t much going on at all.
So, in summer’s dwindling days, I sat in Firstsite’s almost empty Musa restaurant, gazing out across the lawn at the melancholy concrete base of the former bus park.

One year later the only change is the prison fencing.
A quote from an EADT report from September 7th 2013 by Martin Newall: The Firstsite gallery itself was devoid of punters. This meant that apart from the goods on sale in the main foyer and some daily children’s workshops, there wasn’t much going on at all. So, in summer’s dwindling days, I sat in Firstsite’s almost empty Musa restaurant, gazing out across the lawn at the melancholy concrete base of the former bus park. One year later the only change is the prison fencing. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 1

6:16pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Colch citizen says...

Made my first visit to Firstsite and this exhibit happened to be on. What rubbish (my artistic opinion). Untrained in art appreciation, I'd prefer to see multiple exhibits in the hope there was something that appealed to me
Made my first visit to Firstsite and this exhibit happened to be on. What rubbish (my artistic opinion). Untrained in art appreciation, I'd prefer to see multiple exhibits in the hope there was something that appealed to me Colch citizen
  • Score: 3

7:19am Wed 27 Aug 14

super waluigi says...

Once again, a thread about something on the gazette website is ruined by people who post irrelevant info.
This thread is about the Bruce McLean exhibition and how this exhibition may or may not have increased visitors. It is not about brown envelopes, Bert Stimpsons negative views on the world or whether art is full of middle class toffs.
Don't worry, those treads do come around for you to moan about, just be patient.
Once again, a thread about something on the gazette website is ruined by people who post irrelevant info. This thread is about the Bruce McLean exhibition and how this exhibition may or may not have increased visitors. It is not about brown envelopes, Bert Stimpsons negative views on the world or whether art is full of middle class toffs. Don't worry, those treads do come around for you to moan about, just be patient. super waluigi
  • Score: 0

9:39am Wed 27 Aug 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Sorry "waluigi". There is so little interest in the Bruce McLean exhibition that most national papers have ignored it. What outrages people is so much being squandered on so few. The responsibility lies directly with that morally deficient elected dictatorship called Colchester Council.
Sorry "waluigi". There is so little interest in the Bruce McLean exhibition that most national papers have ignored it. What outrages people is so much being squandered on so few. The responsibility lies directly with that morally deficient elected dictatorship called Colchester Council. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: -2

2:46pm Wed 27 Aug 14

IfallBullFuzzy says...

Not very scientific, but a look at trip advisor shows 52 reviews for Firstsite and 526 reviews for Turner Contemporary Margate. Both were opened in 2011.

The problem Firstsite has, as I see it, is a lack of definition of it’s purpose in the minds of the general public. This isn’t helped by a surfeit of information on it’s website. Is it a tourist destination or a community hub? Of course, they would say it’s both. But a community hub does not need a £30m building in a prime town centre location. And a tourist destination needs a more engaging name, better signage and a more attractive site. The Turner Contemporary has all of these.

The organisation could be split in two, to target distinct audiences. This part of Essex has it’s own world famous artist as well – John Constable. Why not leverage his reputation to encourage visitors? Understandabley there is very little in Flatford and Dedham so why not here? Then rename the venue The Constable Contemporary and put some signage in place. An increase in out-of-town visitors is crucial after all surely? Hopefully the Arts Council would see the sense in this and continue to fund the organisation and it’s outreach work.

And for anyone doubting the value of arts education it’s worth remembering how much the creative sector contributes to the UK economy: the government estimates it at £71.4bn pa. That adds up to a lot of tax paid to contribute to the NHS, pensions and other public services.
Not very scientific, but a look at trip advisor shows 52 reviews for Firstsite and 526 reviews for Turner Contemporary Margate. Both were opened in 2011. The problem Firstsite has, as I see it, is a lack of definition of it’s purpose in the minds of the general public. This isn’t helped by a surfeit of information on it’s website. Is it a tourist destination or a community hub? Of course, they would say it’s both. But a community hub does not need a £30m building in a prime town centre location. And a tourist destination needs a more engaging name, better signage and a more attractive site. The Turner Contemporary has all of these. The organisation could be split in two, to target distinct audiences. This part of Essex has it’s own world famous artist as well – John Constable. Why not leverage his reputation to encourage visitors? Understandabley there is very little in Flatford and Dedham so why not here? Then rename the venue The Constable Contemporary and put some signage in place. An increase in out-of-town visitors is crucial after all surely? Hopefully the Arts Council would see the sense in this and continue to fund the organisation and it’s outreach work. And for anyone doubting the value of arts education it’s worth remembering how much the creative sector contributes to the UK economy: the government estimates it at £71.4bn pa. That adds up to a lot of tax paid to contribute to the NHS, pensions and other public services. IfallBullFuzzy
  • Score: 3

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