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As spring approaches and the weather warms, galleries are starting to fill with hope at the thought of reopening! And while we can’t wait to welcome you back inside, we’re delighted to be partnering this month with HOXTON 253 who has an exciting assembly of digital content lined up for this online edition of First Thursdays.

Alice Bucknell, Swamp City, 2021, video still. Image courtesy of the artist and HOXTON 253.


As we all recognise the detrimental reality of the pandemic, contemporary society is now, more than ever, countered by overwhelming scientific evidence prognosing the devastating outcomes of a climate catastrophe. More and more nations are turning towards greener alternatives, and, HOXTON 253 argues: there has never been a better opportunity to pressure governments in reforming the post-crisis economy into a greener and sustainable model.

Their ongoing exhibition, ART+ECOLOGY, is conceived in collaboration with artists from around the globe, whose work revolves around ecological subjects. Each artist takes over the HOXTON 253 online platforms over for a week, illustrating ecological causes that they care about in relation to their practice.

Liana Nigri, Gestos de Contato, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and HOXTON 253.

From 1 – 6 March, Brazilian artist Liana Nigri calls attention to the presence of women’s bodies and the Earth as a fertile force, a careful observation of marks that show traces of time, experiences or traumas. For her, the act of creating a sculpture is an intimate gesture of hearing the female body.

Visit Nigri’s virtual takeover and watch her film, Ovo Mundo (2019), here.

Liana Nigri, Contato, 2018, site specific installation. Courtesy of the artist.

Further artists included in the programme include Alice Bucknell, Alexandra Lerman, Alan McFetridge, John Sabraw and Maurice Mbikayi. Find out more about their work and the entire takeover series here.

Installation view of Soldiers of the Sun or the Right to the Future Tense by Alexandra Lerman at Museum of Hygiene, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Image courtesy of the artist and HOXTON 253.


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 or online celebration. Find out more about First Thursdays here.