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First Thursdays: where to head for after-hours arty fun in east London

Posted at 5:30 pm, April 30, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
First Thursdays

Listen up! Tomorrow is the night for art fans, party people and free drink-seekers alike to head to east London for First Thursdays. With loads of galleries taking part, these events, taking place on the first Thursday of every month (naturally), see some of the best galleries in town staying open late with many of them treating their guests to a drink or two to boot. Fun times.

You’re unlikely to be able to get on the monthly bus tour as it’s booked up in advance, but there’s still plenty to see and do. Just use our handy guide to navigate the plethora of galleries that throw open their doors from 6pm on Thursday 1 May.

Experience a private view at the opening of the Catlin Art prize at Londonewcastle

Catlin Art prize 2014

Sarah Fortais, ‘Things Being What I Want Them To Be And Not What They’re Supposed To Be’, 2013

Discover rare prints by war photographer Robert Capa at Daniel Blau.


Robert Capa (1913-1954), ‘Lovers’ Parting near Nicosia, Sicily’, July 28, 1943

Get immersed in the Russian avant-garde at Calvert 22.

Oleg Maslov and Vicktor Kuznetsov, 'Hommage à Alma Tadema', 1995

Oleg Maslov and Vicktor Kuznetsov, ‘Hommage à Alma Tadema’, 1995

Check out the fantastical vistas by the Wimbledon MA graduate Adam King at Canal.

Adam King

Adam King, ‘Autumn Landscape’, 2013

So if you fancy rubbing shoulders with emerging artists and other enthusiasts, or are just in the mood to expand your artistic knowledge (while enjoying a drink or two), get on down to First Thursdays.

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