First Thursdays: August 2018

  • Installation View, The London Open 2018. Photo John Nguyen, PA Wire. Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery (8)

    Installation view at the Whitechapel Gallery, The London Open 2018, Gallery 1, 8 June – 26 August 2018. Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery. Photo: John Nguyen/PA Wire

Past Event

This event was on Thu 2 Jul, 6 – 9pm

Join our late night opening on 2 August 2018 for Whitechapel Gallery First Thursdays.


Discover emerging art from a diverse city. Your last chance to see The London Open 2018. Bringing together critical and dynamic art that reflects on the experience of living in a global city now, this triennial open submission exhibition features 22 artists working across painting, sculpture, performance and video.

Free entry to all our summer exhibitions:

Katja Novitskova: Invasion Curves

Killed Negatives: Unseen Images from 1930’s America

ISelf Collection: Bumped Bodies

Alone Together: Youth Forum with Seth Pimlott

Book launch

Browse our bookshop until 9pm and take home The London Open 2018 limited edition exhibition catalogue.

The Army: Performance and workshop for families

What would you stand up for to make the world a better place?
What movements would you make to stay awake and survive?

Anton Mirto‘s The Army is a call to families and young people to be brave in an age that promotes fear, by working together and empowering each other.

View performance piece at 6pm or 8pm.

Food & Drink

Delicious wines, charcuterie and light bites at our wine bar After Hours at The Whitechapel Refectory. Open until 11pm.

Explore East London

Discover the east London art scene by taking a trip on the First Thursdays Art Bus Tour [Book now]  or take a stroll to galleries in the neighbourhood using the recommendations in our First Thursdays Walking Tour Map [Pick up your free copy from the Whitechapel Gallery front desk].