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On the first Thursday of every month, over 150 galleries in east London come together and run free art and music events, book launches, exhibitions, talks and private views during a special late opening.

Explore galleries, artist run spaces and studios in east London using our First Thursdays listings to guide you. Alternatively, pick up a printed version from the Whitechapel Gallery or any of the other participating galleries.

Be inspired by our latest Top 5 selected galleries and exhibitions and follow one of our recommended Walking Routes to make the most out of your First Thursday.


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Top 5 Exhibitions

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Twelve Artist Group Show – CACOTOPIA 07

CACOTOPIA 07 is the seventh edition of the gallery’s annual survey of leading emerging artists within the contemporary art space.

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Journeys to Hope (Outdoor display)

A new display sharing the journey of the Windrush generation before, during and after arriving in the UK

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One Song

One Song is a new video installation from artist Kadir Karababa about how songs are carried across borders and continents and yet remain firmly rooted in the places they were first sung.

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In Plain Sight, The Healing Pavilion & Objects in Stereo

‘In Plain Sight’ explores the different ways we see and are seen by others. It questions the central place that sight holds in human society through the different experiences of sighted, partially sighted and blind people. 

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Large Group Show – Shot, Pint, Riot

Shot, Pint, Riot unites a small group of artists committed to communicating directly - artists making use of text, or working with/presenting imagery that has a message beyond sloganeering.

Walking Routes

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Happy New Year to everyone! Our first recommended Walking Route of 2023 for free events and late openings around the East End will be a 45-minute walk starting at Whitechapel Gallery, leading to Studio 1.1, Autograph DB (the outdoor display) and ending at Annka Kultys. The first...


It is already December, and guess what? First Thursdays is back with two fantastic options for this evening! Either follow our recommended Walking Route for a night of free events and late openings around the East End or, if you...


This Thursday offers a broad selection of events! You can choose to join the BAXSAN takeover at Whitechapel Gallery or be inspired by the usual itinerary of First Thursdays. It is recommended to use public transport for tonight’s self-led tour....


Explore the current exhibitions at East London’s galleries, studios and artist run spaces.

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