The first Thursday of the month (every month) is an art explosion in East London. Over 100 galleries and museums from Shoreditch to Bethnal Green, from the City to Whitechapel, from Hackney to Hackney Wick open their doors late and for FREE.
Although First Thursdays is spread across a huge area there are definite epicentres to the art in each area (Redchurch Street in Shoreditch for example) and these centres draw the crowds, which in turn means the pubs and restaurants surrounding them are also packed and lively.
Not that you need to be spending money on First Thursdays as each and every gallery will normally take the opportunity of the larger crowds to open a new exhibition or have a Private View. And with both come wine, beers and nibbles. In the hope, of course, of selling something on display.
The best way to see what is on is to visit the First Thursdays website. The vast scale of the project is there for all to see. There is a list of what events are on and when and they are then further broken down by location and media.
So, you’re a sculpture fan in Shoreditch? No problem. First Thursdays list the galleries, artist run spaces and studios on the interactive map for you.
Stupidly, I don’t go every month even though I should, but knowing it is monthly and on my doorstep makes me a bit blasé which I need to change because it is always a fun and interesting night out.