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In this moment of global uncertainty, we believe in the uplifting spirit of collaboration, which is why we are bringing independent, East End galleries together for the first-ever online edition of First Thursdays. This April we partnered with Velorose Gallery, PEER and Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, who have announced an exciting assembly of video content, digital openings and virtual tours.

Mariana Bisti, Untitled, Postcard sent to Velorose from Hong Kong.

Velorose Gallery 

Regular contributors to the First Thursdays programme, Velorose Gallery have introduced their first online private view for the exhibition, ELEMENTAL – ESSENTIAL, an actual-virtual-mail art exhibition curated by Velorose x Plinth.

The show takes its cue from the Fluxus Mail Art movement, inviting any and all to send a postcard-sized creation to the gallery for digital display. Submissions can be sent to:

Visit the virtual opening here.

Kit Allsopp, Back Gardens, 1973, Watercolour on Paper, 255mm x 305mm. Courtesy of Velorose Gallery.

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix is presenting their second solo show of Italian painter Alessandro Roma (b. 1977, Italy) entitled, The eye of the inner leaf. Featuring new works on paper, ceramics and wall paintings, the exhibition takes viewers on an emotional and allegorical journey through the artist’s psychological landscape.

Roma’s tangled forms may be complex, but the call to action is clear: return to the earth, take root and rediscover nature. Immerse yourself in the virtual tour below.


PEER’s recent exhibition, Postcards from the Last Century, features London-based artist Samson Kambalu (b. 1975, Malawi), who held an exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery in 2017. The solo show visits five bodies of work featuring film and ‘bubblegum card’ flags, interwoven into one comprehensive installation.

Kambalu’s most recent projects on view stem from a research trip to the home of Wagnerian opera in Bavaria’s Black Forest. Some no more than a few seconds long, his cinematic fragments blend slapstick humour and spiritual ritual whilst narrating the undercurrent of tension between his African heritage and the Western industrial patriarchy.

On the occasion of his PEER opening, the artist was in conversation with Modern Art Oxford Chief Curator, Emma Ridgway, on his practice and the power of creating social interaction through art.

Installation view of Postcards from the Last Century by Jackson White. Courtesy of PEER.


On the first Thursday of every month, over 150 galleries in east London come together and run free events, exhibitions, talks and private views during a special late opening. Find out more about First Thursdays here.