Firstsite targeted by vandals

Firstsite targeted by vandals

Firstsite targeted by vandals

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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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7:22pm Mon 11 Aug 14

angryman!!! says...

Find the idiot and smash the stone round is head, see if it knocks some sense into them
Find the idiot and smash the stone round is head, see if it knocks some sense into them angryman!!!
  • Score: 4

8:23pm Mon 11 Aug 14

SamEssex says...

Personally i'd say the cracks add a form of art
Personally i'd say the cracks add a form of art SamEssex
  • Score: 15

9:22pm Mon 11 Aug 14

greenbroker says...

Whatever one thinks it's vandalism and not good for Colchester.
Whatever one thinks it's vandalism and not good for Colchester. greenbroker
  • Score: 11

11:12pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Hamiltonandy says...

What do you expect when this empty carbuncle is surrounded by abandoned buildings and next to the notorious night clubs. The vandalism is only publicised because it is very obvious. It has been getting worse for years both inside and outside. The Arts Council want it, let them pay for it. Why should the local taxpayer fund the maintenance of this hideous tin shed that we never wanted and still do not want.
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The VAF sits like a particularly loathsome slug ruining the commercial potential of the so called "cultural quarter". How much more public money is to be wasted before reality dawns on the council?
What do you expect when this empty carbuncle is surrounded by abandoned buildings and next to the notorious night clubs. The vandalism is only publicised because it is very obvious. It has been getting worse for years both inside and outside. The Arts Council want it, let them pay for it. Why should the local taxpayer fund the maintenance of this hideous tin shed that we never wanted and still do not want. . The VAF sits like a particularly loathsome slug ruining the commercial potential of the so called "cultural quarter". How much more public money is to be wasted before reality dawns on the council? Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 22

8:18am Tue 12 Aug 14

jammin says...

Empty nightclubs...how does that form a contributory factor? Are the revellers so disappointed they take out there frustrations on the VAF?
Empty nightclubs...how does that form a contributory factor? Are the revellers so disappointed they take out there frustrations on the VAF? jammin
  • Score: -3

8:30am Tue 12 Aug 14

pingu says...

The state of it inside. All that money we paid and its the biggest load of rubbish. Its nearly empty and im a artist and i wouldn't wanna put my art in there.
The state of it inside. All that money we paid and its the biggest load of rubbish. Its nearly empty and im a artist and i wouldn't wanna put my art in there. pingu
  • Score: 23

8:55am Tue 12 Aug 14

PROOFREADER says...

Why not put the broken panel inside as an exhibit. They have the space.
Why not put the broken panel inside as an exhibit. They have the space. PROOFREADER
  • Score: 25

9:01am Tue 12 Aug 14

Hamiltonandy says...

If "jammin" spent time outside the VAF he would see there is no problem from the young people who are merely making some use of the empty space outside this structurally defective tin shed. The vandalism comes from the drink fuelled neanderthals from the local sodom and gomorrah in Queen Street.
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Colchester Council refuse to talk about the VAF and continue to fund it both directly and for the ever growing maintenance bill. Colchester Council refuse to find a financially viable use for this mostly empty building and this has ensured the "cultural quarter" is avoided by developers.
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There is already a ghastly security fence surrounding the back garden in what used to be a bus station. Now Colchester Council are going to waste even more public money on another fence around the front D-shaped garden. All this to keep the public away from the council's status symbol.
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Shame on this morally deficient public authority that can squander money on their personal wishes. When will councillors take responsibility for their mistake despite having expert advice warning of the disaster even before the VAF was built? Time to end this nightmare by acting in the public interest.
If "jammin" spent time outside the VAF he would see there is no problem from the young people who are merely making some use of the empty space outside this structurally defective tin shed. The vandalism comes from the drink fuelled neanderthals from the local sodom and gomorrah in Queen Street. . Colchester Council refuse to talk about the VAF and continue to fund it both directly and for the ever growing maintenance bill. Colchester Council refuse to find a financially viable use for this mostly empty building and this has ensured the "cultural quarter" is avoided by developers. . There is already a ghastly security fence surrounding the back garden in what used to be a bus station. Now Colchester Council are going to waste even more public money on another fence around the front D-shaped garden. All this to keep the public away from the council's status symbol. . Shame on this morally deficient public authority that can squander money on their personal wishes. When will councillors take responsibility for their mistake despite having expert advice warning of the disaster even before the VAF was built? Time to end this nightmare by acting in the public interest. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 20

9:49am Tue 12 Aug 14

meadowlady says...

I am totally fed up hearing about it.
I am totally fed up hearing about it. meadowlady
  • Score: 14

11:33am Tue 12 Aug 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

Biggest waste of money in the history of this town. Stop funding the firtss*ite parasites and filling their pension pots. It's been a fiasco from start to finish. Unfortunately, none of those associated with the project can ever admit it, because it would expose their own shortcomings in pushing through this folly. Come on, whose fault is it? Mea culpa anyone? What's the price tag now... £30m and rising daily.
Biggest waste of money in the history of this town. Stop funding the firtss*ite parasites and filling their pension pots. It's been a fiasco from start to finish. Unfortunately, none of those associated with the project can ever admit it, because it would expose their own shortcomings in pushing through this folly. Come on, whose fault is it? Mea culpa anyone? What's the price tag now... £30m and rising daily. Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 20

11:36am Tue 12 Aug 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

Food for thought - http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-bir
mingham-23633781

It is possible to close down these white elephants. I look forward to the day a public official has the guts to say enough is enough. Colchester never wanted Firsts*ite
Food for thought - http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-bir mingham-23633781 It is possible to close down these white elephants. I look forward to the day a public official has the guts to say enough is enough. Colchester never wanted Firsts*ite Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 18

11:50am Tue 12 Aug 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Calm down Andy and Bert. You may be a pair of philistines but not everybody agrees with you. Whilst Andy is probably right in saying that we didn't want it, we now have it and we need to make the most of it. The wife and I sat down outside Firstsite last weekend to observe the world and we were struck by the juxtaposition of the excellent graffiti art of the Waiting Room next door, compared with the stuff you see inside Firstsite. As to the vandalism, perhaps it was a statement by an art critic - although I doubt it. Probably just some yob from a dysfunctional family who enjoys destroying things. Hey ho!
Calm down Andy and Bert. You may be a pair of philistines but not everybody agrees with you. Whilst Andy is probably right in saying that we didn't want it, we now have it and we need to make the most of it. The wife and I sat down outside Firstsite last weekend to observe the world and we were struck by the juxtaposition of the excellent graffiti art of the Waiting Room next door, compared with the stuff you see inside Firstsite. As to the vandalism, perhaps it was a statement by an art critic - although I doubt it. Probably just some yob from a dysfunctional family who enjoys destroying things. Hey ho! Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -14

12:07pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

I'm very calm Jess. Just a shame to witness so much money being wasted on firsts*ite as the town falls apart around it. That money could and should be spent elsewhere protecting Colchester's heritage and history. Check out the latest firsts*ite accounts on the Charities Commission website. It's a veritable public sector gravy train. Stop the funding, repurpose the building or knock it down. No wonder this country's finances are such a mess when we carry on funding these idiotic projects.
I'm very calm Jess. Just a shame to witness so much money being wasted on firsts*ite as the town falls apart around it. That money could and should be spent elsewhere protecting Colchester's heritage and history. Check out the latest firsts*ite accounts on the Charities Commission website. It's a veritable public sector gravy train. Stop the funding, repurpose the building or knock it down. No wonder this country's finances are such a mess when we carry on funding these idiotic projects. Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 18

9:54pm Tue 12 Aug 14

nathanflatman says...

It's amazing how bitter and angry some people can be. Some excellent work being created by the learning team, but Bert and Co just can't see it. Such a shame.
It's amazing how bitter and angry some people can be. Some excellent work being created by the learning team, but Bert and Co just can't see it. Such a shame. nathanflatman
  • Score: -17

9:59pm Tue 12 Aug 14

William George says...

Bert_Stimpson wrote:
I'm very calm Jess. Just a shame to witness so much money being wasted on firsts*ite as the town falls apart around it. That money could and should be spent elsewhere protecting Colchester's heritage and history. Check out the latest firsts*ite accounts on the Charities Commission website. It's a veritable public sector gravy train. Stop the funding, repurpose the building or knock it down. No wonder this country's finances are such a mess when we carry on funding these idiotic projects.
Continuation of cutbacks for essential needs for the taxpayers but the VAF being squandered on instead.
The more essential needs for fundings could be for the more concerns to helping some of the health services, efforts in trying to battle to prevent any crime increases, and many problems that Colchester has.
The funding and bill for maintenance to the building in question shouldn't be continued be paid by the public money.
Better ideas should have been made for the people in Colchester.
[quote][p][bold]Bert_Stimpson[/bold] wrote: I'm very calm Jess. Just a shame to witness so much money being wasted on firsts*ite as the town falls apart around it. That money could and should be spent elsewhere protecting Colchester's heritage and history. Check out the latest firsts*ite accounts on the Charities Commission website. It's a veritable public sector gravy train. Stop the funding, repurpose the building or knock it down. No wonder this country's finances are such a mess when we carry on funding these idiotic projects.[/p][/quote]Continuation of cutbacks for essential needs for the taxpayers but the VAF being squandered on instead. The more essential needs for fundings could be for the more concerns to helping some of the health services, efforts in trying to battle to prevent any crime increases, and many problems that Colchester has. The funding and bill for maintenance to the building in question shouldn't be continued be paid by the public money. Better ideas should have been made for the people in Colchester. William George
  • Score: 7

11:18pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Hamiltonandy says...

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 11

9:58am Wed 13 Aug 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

nathanflatman wrote:
It's amazing how bitter and angry some people can be. Some excellent work being created by the learning team, but Bert and Co just can't see it. Such a shame.
Ruinis inminentibus musculi praemigrant
[quote][p][bold]nathanflatman[/bold] wrote: It's amazing how bitter and angry some people can be. Some excellent work being created by the learning team, but Bert and Co just can't see it. Such a shame.[/p][/quote]Ruinis inminentibus musculi praemigrant Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 4

11:44am Wed 13 Aug 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

nathanflatman wrote:
It's amazing how bitter and angry some people can be. Some excellent work being created by the learning team, but Bert and Co just can't see it. Such a shame.
Nathan, what's your take on this excellent work? - http://www.gazette-n
ews.co.uk/news/11397
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offering____a_family
_living_in_the_venue
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[quote][p][bold]nathanflatman[/bold] wrote: It's amazing how bitter and angry some people can be. Some excellent work being created by the learning team, but Bert and Co just can't see it. Such a shame.[/p][/quote]Nathan, what's your take on this excellent work? - http://www.gazette-n ews.co.uk/news/11397 810.Firstsite_s_new_ offering____a_family _living_in_the_venue / Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 5

10:50pm Wed 13 Aug 14

nathanflatman says...

Bert_Stimpson wrote:
nathanflatman wrote:
It's amazing how bitter and angry some people can be. Some excellent work being created by the learning team, but Bert and Co just can't see it. Such a shame.
Ruinis inminentibus musculi praemigrant
De gustibus non est disputandum
[quote][p][bold]Bert_Stimpson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nathanflatman[/bold] wrote: It's amazing how bitter and angry some people can be. Some excellent work being created by the learning team, but Bert and Co just can't see it. Such a shame.[/p][/quote]Ruinis inminentibus musculi praemigrant[/p][/quote]De gustibus non est disputandum nathanflatman
  • Score: -7

11:03pm Wed 13 Aug 14

nathanflatman says...

Bert_Stimpson wrote:
nathanflatman wrote:
It's amazing how bitter and angry some people can be. Some excellent work being created by the learning team, but Bert and Co just can't see it. Such a shame.
Nathan, what's your take on this excellent work? - http://www.gazette-n

ews.co.uk/news/11397

810.Firstsite_s_new_

offering____a_family

_living_in_the_venue

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Have you gone in to find out more? Maybe if you explored it a bit more you could learn something new.
[quote][p][bold]Bert_Stimpson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nathanflatman[/bold] wrote: It's amazing how bitter and angry some people can be. Some excellent work being created by the learning team, but Bert and Co just can't see it. Such a shame.[/p][/quote]Nathan, what's your take on this excellent work? - http://www.gazette-n ews.co.uk/news/11397 810.Firstsite_s_new_ offering____a_family _living_in_the_venue /[/p][/quote]Have you gone in to find out more? Maybe if you explored it a bit more you could learn something new. nathanflatman
  • Score: -8

12:36am Thu 14 Aug 14

YOU HOO says...

PLACE is crap put the money into the natural history museum or put the money into the mususem
PLACE is crap put the money into the natural history museum or put the money into the mususem YOU HOO
  • Score: 7

7:02am Thu 14 Aug 14

Existentialism says...

And so they stood there ! watching and wondering what contribution can I make to self expression ? They pondered cogitated, digested and perused all that they could perceive what was floating in their grey matter. Then they thought this is an opportunity a gift from another world, a chance to express myself, I could become famous ? just think broken spirals of sand, lime and soda will now form the entity of my expression ? Did they throw the rock through the window, or did one lean their BMX Bike to hard on it to cause this artistic wonder ?
And so they stood there ! watching and wondering what contribution can I make to self expression ? They pondered cogitated, digested and perused all that they could perceive what was floating in their grey matter. Then they thought this is an opportunity a gift from another world, a chance to express myself, I could become famous ? just think broken spirals of sand, lime and soda will now form the entity of my expression ? Did they throw the rock through the window, or did one lean their BMX Bike to hard on it to cause this artistic wonder ? Existentialism
  • Score: 11

11:24am Thu 14 Aug 14

hughie-s says...

nathanflatman wrote:
Bert_Stimpson wrote:
nathanflatman wrote:
It's amazing how bitter and angry some people can be. Some excellent work being created by the learning team, but Bert and Co just can't see it. Such a shame.
Nathan, what's your take on this excellent work? - http://www.gazette-n


ews.co.uk/news/11397


810.Firstsite_s_new_


offering____a_family


_living_in_the_venue


/
Have you gone in to find out more? Maybe if you explored it a bit more you could learn something new.
I went in when it first opened, walked from one end to the other, saw some bits of paper stuck on the wall and a pile of junk in the foyer. Having found no art walked out, at least it kept me occupied for ten minutes.
[quote][p][bold]nathanflatman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bert_Stimpson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nathanflatman[/bold] wrote: It's amazing how bitter and angry some people can be. Some excellent work being created by the learning team, but Bert and Co just can't see it. Such a shame.[/p][/quote]Nathan, what's your take on this excellent work? - http://www.gazette-n ews.co.uk/news/11397 810.Firstsite_s_new_ offering____a_family _living_in_the_venue /[/p][/quote]Have you gone in to find out more? Maybe if you explored it a bit more you could learn something new.[/p][/quote]I went in when it first opened, walked from one end to the other, saw some bits of paper stuck on the wall and a pile of junk in the foyer. Having found no art walked out, at least it kept me occupied for ten minutes. hughie-s
  • Score: 11

2:11pm Fri 15 Aug 14

stevedawson says...

Stand outside with a protest banner against an existing building?how sad.
Stand outside with a protest banner against an existing building?how sad. stevedawson
  • Score: -4

2:19pm Sat 16 Aug 14

JohnStang says...

Colchester is full of burned out druggies and thugs.... give funds for things of artistic or cultural merit to another city.... the only thing Colchester needs funding for is police, police, and more police...
Colchester is full of burned out druggies and thugs.... give funds for things of artistic or cultural merit to another city.... the only thing Colchester needs funding for is police, police, and more police... JohnStang
  • Score: 6

11:35pm Sat 16 Aug 14

brooks says...

it would be a great place to have an indoor swimming pool....
it would be a great place to have an indoor swimming pool.... brooks
  • Score: 1

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