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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



Hales is delighted to announce Heads, a solo exhibition of historic works by Anwar Jalal Shemza.


Special Day

Delighted to announce Leo Costelloe’s solo ‘Special Day’, opening Thursday 4 April 6-9pm, with an accompanying text by Biz Sherbert!



Acrylicize presents ‘Otherscapes’, a duo exhibition by artists Sarita Oseitutu and Hazel O’Sullivan following their nine-week residency in our studio space.

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Interface is the first UK solo exhibition from British artist Luke Silva (b. 1999, London). It comprises new paintings that continue his interest in using part-simulated imagery to process and divulge external influences.


Anecdote of the Jar

Paintings by Vincent Hawkins, Peter Ashton Jones and Fergal Stapleton

Walking Routes



First Thursdays is finally back with an exciting series of free events scheduled from 6 to 9 pm, spanning from the north side of the river to the east of London. The walking route will be approximately one hour and...


First Thursdays is making a return after being on hold since last November. Join our walk through the East End, for a 45-minute stroll encompassing three galleries and a public monument. This month’s recommended route takes up the themes of...


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...


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

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