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On the first Thursday of every month, Whitechapel Gallery celebrates the vibrancy of East London’s art community with curated recommendations for free exhibitions, music events, book launches, and more.

Explore galleries, artist-run spaces, and studios in our local area using our First Thursdays online listings to guide you. Alternatively, pick up a printed copy of the recommended programme from the Gallery foyer.

Get inspired – check out our latest Top 5 galleries and exhibitions, or follow one of our recommended Walking Routes to make the most out of your First Thursday.


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Top 5 Exhibitions


Tami Aftab: The Rice is on the Hob

Join us for an exhibition opening and book launch at Have A Butchers in Dalston, London.


Stories from Eastern, Central and Southern African Communities in Hackney

A series of interventions and temporary displays throughout Hackney Museum’s permanent exhibition will share stories from Hackney’s Eastern, Central and Southern African heritage communities.


Lutz Bacher: AYE!

This exhibition of the unsettling, uncategorisable work of American artist Lutz Bacher (1943–2019) explores her use of music, sound and voice.



Contemplating the complex emotions of displacement and exile

Walking Routes


As the challenges of these dark times cast a shadow over the start of November, let’s infuse this bleak beginning with a bit of joy through tonight’s First Thursdays guide to recommendations for events happening in East London. Tonight’s route...
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Despite the autumnal chill creeping into October, our recommendations are ready to brighten even the gloomiest day. As is our tradition, our curated walking route will lead you through the heart of East London. This month, you will explore late...


Embrace the warmth of September with a wander around some exciting art galleries of East London following our First Thursdays walking route! The route tonight will start as usual from our Gallery and head to four more spaces. The duration of the...


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

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