Saturday 12th September sees the launch of ambergris editions #1 the very last time edited by Lawrence Epps and Holly Corfield Carr at Firstsite, Colchester from 2pm together with a preview of Epps’ new installation AGAIN.


AGAIN is an installation involving a hexagonal 6 player arcade coin pusher stocked with thousands of porcelain, terracotta and gold coins which the viewer can win and take away – or gamble and enter into a wager with the artwork.

the very last time is a new artist’s book responding to AGAIN. It includes a new translation one of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s most poignant letters as well as contributions from poets, artists, academics, an archaeologist, a psychoanalyst, a valuation expert, a bookmaker and a mudlarker.  In turn each contribution to the book has inspired a coin design which can be won in AGAIN.

We’re delighted to be able to confirm contributions from:

Fyodor Dostoevsky, writer, pleads with his wife for forgiveness in a letter home written in the final days of their honeymoon in a new translation by Anna Gunin

Joey Connolly, poet, asks how the bookmaker feels about the dogs

Dr Richard Kelleher, Assistant Keeper of Coins at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge talks coins that sweat and currency that forgets

Geoffrey Munn, Managing Director of Wartski, jewellers by appointment to the Queen, and Antiques Roadshow expert examines a valuable ball of whale bile

Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, finds Walter Benjamin in the video arcade

Viktor Mazin, psychoanalyst and curator of the Freud Dream Museum, tosses the non-Euclidean coin

Tamarin Norwood, artist and scholar, writes to the last word of casino design: PERCEPTION BEATS REALITY

Marie Toseland, artist and Open School East associate, measures the elastic horizon of desire

Please do join us for the launch of AGAIN and the very last time at Firstsite. Coins will be falling from 2pm and there will be readings and performances from our contributors once you have lost all you have won on AGAIN. For more information on the launch event and how to get to Firstsite, please see the gallery’s listings.

This project is supported by Arts Council England and the Firstsite Associate Artist Bursary Programme.