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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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Join us for an evening of art, talks, poetry & food in solidarity with the peoples of Palestine


The Cable Street Mural

The Cable Street Mural, located in Shadwell, East London, is a mural adorning the side of St George's Town Hall. It serves as a tribute to the historic events of the Battle of Cable Street in 1936.


Altab Ali Commemorative Plaque

This plaque, located on Whitechapel High Street, commemorates the racially motivated murder of the 25-year-old textile factory worker, Altab Ali, in 1978, and honors the Bangladeshi community's resistance to far-right extremism and institutional racism.

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Portals to The Past

We are delighted to announce our next solo exhibition Portals to The Past by Chinese-born London based artist Qian Qian the exhibition opens 2nd May 6-8pm, save the date!



Join us on Thursday 2 May 2024, from 6–8pm, for the evening celebration of Christiane Peschek first solo presentation at AnnkaKultys.

Walking Routes



Enjoy today’s self-led walk of late openings and public art as part of Whitechapel Gallery‘s First Thursdays. The Walking Route of tonight will start as usual from our Gallery and head to a commemorative plaque, a mural and three art openings for...


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...


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

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