The Whitechapel Gallery

With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, the Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see.

First Thursdays

First Thursdays

Visit our all new street-facing Café/Bar for a dawn-to-dusk fresh and creative menu.

Whitechapel Gallery

Now Showing

Adventures of the Black Square

Abstract Art and Society 1915 - 2015

15 January - 6 April 2015



Take part in the monthly bus tour around the top 5 exhibitions and events, or independently explore our recommended art walks.

Art Map

Art Map

Explore east London's galleries, studios and artist-run spaces with this interactive map.

Top 5

Top 5

Take a look at this month's Top 5 galleries and exhibitions.

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On the First Thursday of every month, over 150 galleries in east London come together and run free events, exhibitions, talks, workshops, and private  views during a special late opening.

Explore galleries, artist run spaces and studios in east London using our online, interactive map 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, join our FREE Art Bus Tour or follow one of our recommended Walking Tours to make the most out of your First Thursday.

Catch a glimpse of the First Thursdays experience with this short film.

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Joining First Thursdays:

If you would like your gallery, studio or artist run space to take part in First Thursdays, please contact us at: for more information.

Your venue must be within east London and you must be able to stay open late on the First Thursday of every month.