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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.

Explore galleries, artist run spaces and studios in east London using our First Thursdays online map 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, buy a ticket for the Art Bus Tour or follow one of our recommended Walking Tours to make the most out of your First Thursday.


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Middlesex University MA Children’s Book Illustration & Graphic Novels

An exhibition of work from Middlesex University’s new MA in Children’s Book Illustration and Graphic Novels.


Chop Leisure

Chop Leisure is a group show about genre fiction and storytelling.


Jo Mama’s Second Alphabet Show

Great show ventures east to feature work from a veritable galaxy of art stars!

Genesis Light Magic


Coming into being. Industrial light, magic, the unexplainable. Exhibition by 13 artists


The Shape of Light

Artists In Residence at Lumen Studios



Walking Tour: December 2018

December’s Walking Tour begins at Whitechapel Gallery. Enter the immersive exhibition, Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue (book now). Free entry to all other displays including Ulla von Brandenburg: Sweet Feast, Surreal Science: Loudon Collection with...
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First Thursdays Art Bus Tour: December 2018

Our best-selling Art Bus Tour is now even better, with a new drink offering at the end of the tour included in your ticket. Visiting a changing selection of art spaces, galleries and exhibitions across East London, each stop on...

Walking Tour: November 2018

Every month, Whitechapel Gallery maps out a Walking Tour with a selection of the latest First Thursdays exhibitions in east London. The accompanying map is available for free at the Whitechapel Gallery information desk or available to download below. November’s Walking...


The Stash Gallery

Prescot Street, London E1 8BB, UK

Trate Studios

45 Vyner Street, London E2 9DQ, UK

Wren London

39 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RE, UK

Laura I.Art Gallery

Abbey Road, Barking IG11 7BT, UK

Delphian Gallery

Delphian Gallery, 74, Kingsland Road, London E2 8DL, UK

Transition Two

Lauriston Road, London E9 7HA, UK

Freedom Bookshop

Freedom Press, Whitechapel High Street, London, UK

HSCB Hoe Street Central Bank

Hoe Street, London E17 3AN, UK

Stepney City Farm

London E1 3DG, UK


The Haggerston, Kingsland Road, London, UK

Hans & Fritz Contemporary

HANS & FRITZ CONTEMPORARY, Herald Street, London, UK

Georgie Mason Studio at Stepney City Farm

Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London, UK

Candid Arts Trust

3-5 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ, UK

Public: Gallery & Studio

17 Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT, UK

Standpoint Gallery

Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet Street, London N1 6HD, UK

Curious Duke Gallery

Curious Duke Gallery & Framing, 173 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JT, UK


Velorose Ltd, 1b Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6EE, United Kingdom

The Old Bank Vault

The Old Bank Vault 283-285 Hackney Road London E2 8NA


Cheshire Street, London E2 6ED, United Kingdom

SCAN- Spanish Contemporary Art Network

Herald Street, London E2 6JT, United Kingdom

arebyte_Gallery (London City Island)

E14 0LG

Tungsten Gallery

Vyner Street, London E2 9DG, United Kingdom

By Other Means

Herald Street, London E2 6JT, United Kingdom

Laura I.Art Gallery

IG11 7BT

FieldWorks Gallery

Richmond Road, London E8 3QW, United Kingdom

NR Project

Minerva Street, London E2 9EH, United Kingdom

Radio London

Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ, United Kingdom

Kate MacGarry

27 Old Nichol St, London E2 7HR


Blurton Road, London E5 0NH, United Kingdom

Free Range Shows

E1 6QL

Auto Italia South East

E2 9JS

Spilt Milk Art Cafe

45 Charlotte Road Shoreditch EC2A 5DP

Unit5 Gallery

Yorkton St London E2 8NH

Exhibit London

Exhibit London 20 Goswell Road EC1M 7AA

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix

19 Goulston Street, London E1 7TP, UK

Division of Labour

13-19 Herald Street Bethnal Green E2 6JT


46 Ashfield Street, London, United Kingdom

Window Space

66 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7PL, UK

Hemera Collective-London Photography Diary

287A Cambridge Heath Road Bethnal Green, London E2 0EL

PoptArt Gallery LDN

The Canary 63 Old Bethnal Green Road E2 6QA

Guest Projects

Sunbury House, Andrews Road, E8 4QL

Pitfield London

The Grayston Centre, London N1, UK

The Ecology Pavilion

The Ecology Pavilion Mile End Park Haverfield Road off Grove Road London E3 5TW

Hanbury Hall

Hanbury Hall 22 Hanbury Street Spitalfields E1 6QR

Carmel by the Green: London Photography Diary

287A Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnel Green E2 0EL


Roman Road, London E2 0QN, United Kingdom

Unit G Gallery X Bootstrap Company

18 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL, United Kingdom


N16 8HG

AND EventSpace1

10 Back Church Lane E1 1X

Rebecca Louise Law

100 Columbia Road, London E2 7QB, United Kingdom

Creative Collective at Machine No. 3

Well Street, Londra E9 6RG, Regno Unito

Tina we salute you

2 Olympic Park Avenue E20 1FT

Lumen Studio

E2 9PA, London

Vital Arts

E1 1BB, London

Lychee One gallery

38-50 Pritchard's Road, London, United Kingdom

Tom’s Etching Studio

9 Queens Yard, White Post Lane E9 5EN

Mercer Chance Gallery

253 Hoxton Street, London N1 5LG, United Kingdom

New Art Projects

New Art Projects 6D Sheep Lane, London, E8 4QS

Fiumano Projects

21 Wren Street, London WC1X 0HF, United Kingdom

Downstairs at Mother

10 Redchurch Street London, E2 7DD

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

162 City Road, London, United Kingdom

Autograph ABP

Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA, United Kingdom


47 Mowlem Street, London, United Kingdom

Unit G Gallery

Unit G Gallery, Collent Street, London, United Kingdom

Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre

45 Gransden Avenue, London E8 3QA, United Kingdom

The Barge House

46a De Beauvoir Crescent, London, United Kingdom


230 Dalston Lane, London E8 1LA, United Kingdom

Providence Row

Dellow Centre, 82 Wentworth Street, London E1 7SA, United Kingdom

Create Day Project

35 Ronald Street, London E1 0DT, United Kingdom


44a Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PD, United Kingdom


London E8 4EW, United Kingdom

Ceviche Old St Gallery

2 Baldwin Street, London EC1V 9NU, United Kingdom

The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts

19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG, United Kingdom


206 Well Street, London E9 6QT, United Kingdom

Flashback Records

131 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG, United Kingdom

The RYDER Projects

19a Herald Street, London E2 6JT, United Kingdom


19-29 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ, United Kingdom

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

277 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DQ, United Kingdom

Bert and May

67 Vyner Street, London E2 9DQ, United Kingdom

5CC Hoxton, Electricity Showrooms

39A Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN, United Kingdom

Creative Debuts x The Black & White Building

74 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY, United Kingdom

St Joseph’s Hospice

St. Joseph's Hospice, Mare Street, London, United Kingdom

Whitechapel Gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX, United Kingdom

ICN Gallery

96 - 98 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH, United Kingdom

Hoxton Arches: Arch 402

402 Cremer Street, London E2 8HD, United Kingdom

Alternative Arts

Montefiore Centre, Hanbury Street, London E1 5HZ, United Kingdom

Wilkinson Gallery

50-58 Vyner Street, London, United Kingdom

Westland Place Studios

3-11 Westland Place, London N1 7LP, United Kingdom

Well Hung

239 Hoxton Street, London N1 5LG, United Kingdom

waterside contemporary

2 Clunbury Street, London N1 6TT, United Kingdom

Union Gallery

94 Teesdale Street, London E2 6PU, United Kingdom

The Old Truman Brewery

91 - 95 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, United Kingdom

The Archivist’s Gallery

2-10 Hertford Road, London, United Kingdom

Nunnery Gallery

181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ, United Kingdom

The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park

Clinton Road, London E3 4QY, United Kingdom

The Invisible Line Gallery

87 Dalston Lane, London E8 2NG, United Kingdom


26 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EH, United Kingdom

The Gallery Café

21 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL, United Kingdom

The CASS & Bank Space Gallery

59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF, United Kingdom

The Tower gallery

395 Barking Road, London E13 8AL, United Kingdom

Sunny Art Centre

7 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1DU, United Kingdom

Studio 1.1

57A Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ, United Kingdom

Stour Space

7 Roach Road, London E3 2PA, United Kingdom

StolenSpace Gallery

17 Osborn Street, London E1 6TD, United Kingdom

St John on Bethnal Green

200 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA, United Kingdom

SPACE Studios

129-131 Mare Street, London E8 3RH, United Kingdom

Silver Odyssey

70 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP, United Kingdom

Schwartz Gallery

92 White Post Lane, London E9 5EN, United Kingdom

Spitalfields Studios

7 Greatorex Street, London E1 5NF, United Kingdom

The Rose Lipman Building

43 De Beauvoir Rd, London Borough of Islington N1 5SQ, United Kingdom

Iniva at Rivington Place

1 Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA, United Kingdom

Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA, United Kingdom

The Residence Gallery

229 Victoria Park Road, London E9 7HD, United Kingdom

Raven Row

56 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LS, United Kingdom

Pure Evil Gallery

108 Leonard Street, City of London, London Borough of Hackney EC2A 4XS, United Kingdom

Print Club London

10-28 Miller's Avenue, London E8 2DS, United Kingdom

Royal Drawing School

19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG, United Kingdom


97 & 99 Hoxton Street

Parasol Unit

14 Wharf Road, City of London N1 7RW, United Kingdom

Pages of Hackney

70 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0RN, United Kingdom

Oxford House

Oxford House Charity, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG, United Kingdom

Motel Studios

Long Street, London, United Kingdom


71 - 73 Powerscroft Rd, London, United Kingdom

Mayor’s Parlour Gallery

153-159 Bow Road, London E3 2SE, United Kingdom

Maureen Paley

21 Herald Street, London E2 6JT, United Kingdom

Long White Cloud

151 Hackney Road, London E2 8JL, United Kingdom

Londonewcastle Project Space

28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP, United Kingdom


lime wharf, Vyner Street, London, United Kingdom

Leyden Gallery

9/9a Leyden Street, London E1 7LE, United Kingdom

L A Noble Gallery

51 King Henry's Walk, London N1 4NH, United Kingdom

KK Outlet

42 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB, United Kingdom

My Art Invest

150 Commercial Street, London E1 6NU, United Kingdom


347 Old Street, London EC1V 9LP, United Kingdom

Juno Shoreditch

134-135 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE, United Kingdom

IMT Gallery

210 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9NQ, United Kingdom

The Gallery @ Idea Store Whitechapel

321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU, United Kingdom

Hundred Years Gallery

13 Pearson St, London E2 8JD, United Kingdom

Hoxton Gallery

59 Old Street, London EC1V 9HX, United Kingdom

Howard Griffin Gallery

189 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6HU, United Kingdom

Hales Gallery

7 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA, United Kingdom

HADA Contemporary

21 Vyner Street, London E2 9DG, United Kingdom

Hackney Picturehouse

270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE, United Kingdom

Gasoline Rooms

300 Clare Street, London E2 9HD, United Kingdom

Gallery S O

92 Brick Lane, London E1 6RL, United Kingdom

French Riviera

309 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6AH, United Kingdom

filmpro ltd

1-15 Cremer Street, London E2 8HD, United Kingdom

Espacio Gallery

159 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG, United Kingdom

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN, United Kingdom

Eleven Spitalfields

11 Princelet Street, London E1 6QH, United Kingdom

Dreamspace Gallery

1-3 Dufferin Street, London EC1Y 8NA, United Kingdom

Doomed Gallery

65-67 Ridley Road, London E8 2NP, United Kingdom

Display Gallery

26 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2AQ, United Kingdom

Degree Art

12A Vyner Street, London E2 9DG, United Kingdom

Curious Duke Gallery

173 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JT, United Kingdom

Chisenhale Gallery

64 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ, United Kingdom

Centre for Recent Drawing

2-4 Highbury Station Road, London N1 1SB, United Kingdom

Cell Project Space

258 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9DA, United Kingdom


60 De Beauvoir Crescent, London N1 5SB, United Kingdom

Calvert 22 Foundation

22 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP, United Kingdom

Bromley by Bow Centre

St Leonard's Street, Bromley by Bow, E3 3BT

Broad Gallery

406 St John St, London EC1V 4NJ, United Kingdom

Brady Arts Centre

192-196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU, United Kingdom

Boxpark Shoreditch

2 - 10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY

Bloomberg Space

50 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1HD, United Kingdom

Beers London

1 Baldwin Street, City of London, London EC1V 9NU, United Kingdom

Beach London

20 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EH, United Kingdom

Barbican Centre

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS

A-Side B-Side Gallery

Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT, United Kingdom

Art Represent

264 Globe Road, City of London E2 0JD, United Kingdom


87 Lever Street, London EC1V 3RA, United Kingdom

arebyte gallery

Botanic Square, London E14 0JU, UK

273 Hackney Road

273 Hackney Road, London E2 8NA, United Kingdom

13 The Gallery

13 Green Lanes, Newington Green London N16 9BS

4th Floor Studios

255-259 Commercial Rd, London E1 2BT, United Kingdom

108 Rosebery Ave

108 Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4TL, United Kingdom

71a Gallery

71a Leonard Street, London EC2A 4QS, United Kingdom

504 Gallery

504 Roman Road, London E3 5LU, United Kingdom

5th Base Gallery

23 Heneage Street, London, United Kingdom

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