The Whitechapel Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, and also plays a central role in London's cultural landscape.
First Thursdays was launched by the Gallery in 2007 to open up the east London art scene to new audiences and to sustain the area as a vibrant local and international destination. On the first Thursday of every month over 170 galleries and museums in east London are open till 9pm with free events, talks, exhibitions and private views.
Visitors are encouraged to explore east London's galleries, artist run spaces and studios on the interactive map or pocket map available at each participating gallery, also available to download here.
Each month check out First Thursdays top 5 exhibitions, join the free art bus, or follow one of our recommended walking tours from leading curators and writers.
If you are representing a gallery and would like to join First Thursdays, the Whitechapel Gallery would love to have you on board. To participate, you must be within the boundaries of the other galleries on the First Thursdays map and you must be committed to opening till 9pm on the first Thursday of every month for 12 months.