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On the first Thursday of every month, we aim to celebrate the vibrancy of the art community in east London by providing a selection of recommendations of late openings, free art and music events, book launches, exhibitions, talks, and private views happening in the local area on that evening.

Explore galleries, artist-run spaces, and studios in east London using our First Thursdays listings to guide you. Alternatively, pick up a printed copy of the press release from our info desk at the Whitechapel Gallery.

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



In Ladder, Tenant of Culture presents a new body of work that examines the perceived dichotomy between destruction and decoration, interrogating how the aesthetic of waste has, for centuries, been appropriated within the fashion industry.


Blind at The Age of Four

Jack Warne’s (aka GAUNT) most ambitious UK solo show; an immersive, multi-sensory encounter with his paintings which incorporate adaptive AR technologies and sound derived from his debut album ‘Blind at The Age of Four’ (released 18th August 2023 on the artist’s own platform, 3ON)


Up Close and Personal

Haricot Gallery is thrilled to announce its upcoming group show, 'Up Close and Personal,' taking place from September 8th to September 30th.

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Un respiro y dos parpadeos, or one breath and two blinks

We are thrilled to announce 'Un respiro y dos parpadeos, or one breath and two blinks', our debut exhibition of works by Jhonatan Pulido who is now represented by the gallery.


SUM: The Sarabande Summer Group Show

SUM presents a 'house' and 'garden' to showcase the culmination of our current artists-in-residence's time at Sarabande.

Walking Routes



Embrace the warmth of September with a wander around some exciting art galleries of East London following our First Thursdays walking route! The route tonight will start as usual from our Gallery and head to four more spaces. The duration of the...
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Despite seeming like a gloomy day of autumn, today is the First Thursday of August, which means it’s time to enjoy our Walking Route with a new selection of exciting things to do in East London and a newly introduced...


Summer is in full bloom and new exciting art shows are happening in East London this July! Enjoy our new self-led walk of late openings as part of Whitechapel Gallery‘s First Thursdays. The Walking Route of tonight will start as usual from our...


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

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