First Thursday

September, 2015

First Thursday

A new month has quickly come around again and with so many galleries located in East London First Thursday has all the guidance you need to overindulge in art and culture. Funnily enough, with today being the first Thursday of the month this post only seems fitting.

Over at Studio 104 we draw inspiration from all creative industries and artistic movements. We incorporated art deco inspiration in to the uniforms we made for The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar. Can you tell we thoroughly look forward the first Thursdays of the month?!

Beaufort Bar Sketch 2
The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar Uniform Sketch
Beaufort Bar Sketch
The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar Male Uniform Illustration

Over 150 galleries and museums remain open until 21:00 for First Thursday with free talks, events, exhibitions and private views. This is the perfect opportunity to explore east London’s vibrant art scene and we’re here to advise you on how to make the most of your evening and explore what East London has to offer. Here are a few of our recommendations:

1. Open Tomorrow Morning

Mexican artist Pablo Delgado will be showcasing a ground-breaking exhibition and event this evening at the Howard Griffin Gallery London. The exhibition involves it’s viewers by placing them in a constructed fiction in the form of a gallery within a gallery. Viewers will be presented with a highly experimental, theatrical space in which the making of an exhibition becomes the exhibition itself.

The ‘Inside Gallery’ acts as a simulacrum and plays host to a fictional group artist’s. As the artists move through a series of enclosed spaces the attendees are welcomed, discovering an exhibition that ‘Opens Tomorrow Morning’. This sounds like a unique experience, one we are eager to attend.


THRIFTYEGOS is a collaborative exhibition of incredible paintings created by GENT and NEWSO – FORTYEIGHTS. These UK artists have been spray painting together for over a decade and have transcended past solely painting walls to working on large commissioned pieces, allowing them to continue to explore their collaborative style. If you like abstract and contemporary illustration, then this show holds great promise.

Graffiti represents reputation and has become a show of egos. Graffiti was adopted as an artistic expression to express underlying social and political struggles and has often been overlooked as an art. These artists have shown how beautiful graffiti can be and are challenging its battle of perception.

Interesting fact! – THRIFTYEGOS is an anagram of FORTYEIGHTS – their crew name which is an anagram of TOYFIGHTERS.


Whether you prefer conceptual art, fine art or performance art it does not mattee because First Thursday has something for every viewer.  With many more exhibitions starting today find something that suits you by visiting the website here.

By Rianne Hayman

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