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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


Ajamu: The Patron Saint of Darkrooms

Ajamu’s evocative photographs present the lives and experiences of himself and those around him.



For his fourth solo exhibition at the gallery, Rhys has created rectangular paintings, shaped paintings, relief paintings, marble works and an animation inspired by resonance, reverb, repetition, reaction, riffs, rhythm, remixes and refraction.


Le Long Voyage

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix is pleased to announce 'Le Long Voyage' by Anthony Ngoya, a journey exploring family bonds through the eyes and the body.



Hyphenate brings together works by three female artists:


In Cascades

Chisenhale Gallery presents a major new commission and first solo exhibition in Europe by Lotus Laurie Kang.

Walking Routes



Today is the first Thursday of June which means it’s time to celebrate with an exciting walk through East London’s vibrant art scenes! This month’s route will take you on an exploration of four galleries in the East End. The...


Today marks the return of First Thursdays! Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate this nice warmer weather with an evening of art and cultural events around East London following our usual Walking Route. As usual, the meeting is at Whitechapel...


Spring has arrived and First Thursdays is finally back with an evening of exciting events around East London. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the start of April with a night of art and music! Just like last month, you...


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

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