First Thursdays – art in East London

Written by on April 29, 2014 in Architecture & design, Living, Travel - Comments Off on First Thursdays – art in East London

At allmygoodness, we believe broadening your horizons and introducing yourself to new cultures is a great way to live the ‘goodness’ life. On the First Thursday of every month, over 130 galleries and museums in East London come together and run free events, talks, workshops, private views and exhibitions, during a special late opening until 9pm.

For three months now, my friends and I have attended these events. They are a great way to tour quirky and interesting galleries that you may not have been aware existed.

Pick and choose galleries that may interest you and pop along. It’s a great way to see something cultural on a Thursday evening rather than the usual drink after work.


What’s more, there are so many galleries to pick and choose from, you’re sure to have a different experience every time.

Last month, I visited Hoxton Art Gallery and Rivington Place. The exhibition at Rivington Place was The Congo Dialogues , a gallery of photographs by Alice Seeley Harris and more modern depictions of Congo by Sammy Baloji.

The exhibition displays photographs from the early 1900s taken by the missionary Alice Seeley Harris. She produced what was probably the first photographic campaign in support of human rights and exposed the atrocities that underpinned King Leopold II’s regime in the Congo Free State. The display is an interesting and shocking, a glimpse into a culture, which beforehand, I knew little about.

Whatever your taste in art, First Thursdays have something for everyone. Pop along this Thursday and experience a brilliant and totally free evening of art.

About the Author

Christina Latham

Christina is one of our original writers who helped with the launch of allmygoodness. She has a love for finding vintage treasures and organic products in unexpected, undiscovered places. She has previously worked as a journalist for CD News at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and Bader TV News in Berlin. She also writes freelance articles for Fitzrovia News and BetaTwentyOne. Follow her on Twitter @ChristinaLatha