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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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Climate Crisis >> Art Action Takeover

An after-hours programme that follows the day’s discussions at the Climate Crisis >> Art Action conference with DJs, film, a talk and a workshop, exploring art, ecology and sustainability.  

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Forces of the Small: Project for an Artwork Compacted and Condensed

Camberwell MA Fine Art Group Show - Force for the Small


Annual Members’ Shows – This Year’s Model Part II

Annual Members’ Shows - This Year's Model Part II



Black White Gallery is pleased to present It Costs to be Austere, an upcoming exhibition featuring highly anticipated emerging artists Adelina Sasnauskaitė and Chiara Baima Poma

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People Make Television

Raven Row re-opens after a five year hiatus with an exhibition of DIY television from the 1970s.

Walking Routes



First Thursdays is back with two really exciting options for tonight! You can either follow this month’s walking route around the East End or join us for a free entry after-hours programme of screenings, DJ sets, workshops and talks at...


Guess what? First Thursdays is back, and we are almost halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox! Today’s recommendations of free events and late openings around the East End will be a 1-hour 15 min long walk.  The...
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Happy New Year to everyone! Our first recommended Walking Route of 2023 for free events and late openings around the East End will be a 45-minute walk starting at Whitechapel Gallery, leading to Studio 1.1, Autograph DB (the outdoor display) and ending at Annka Kultys. The first...


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





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