Art gallery openings are something of a social comfort zone for art lovers: You could quite easily go to any exhibition opening, confident in the knowledge that you would bump into friends and or even new but like-minded acquaintances. First Thursdays was simply the exhibition opening party taken to the next level with mobile bars thrown in for good measure.
I hadn’t First Thursday-ed for a while, and last week arranged to meet some friends in Rosebank for an early evening dose of art, followed by dinner at one of the many lovely eating spots along Keyes Avenue.
Were we in for a surprise: First Thursdays – in Rosebank, at least – is now less of an art happening and more of a simply fabulous street party, complete with food trucks, mobile gin and ice-cream bars – and thousands of beautiful people, many of whom are possibly pushing their luck when it comes to the legal drinking age.
It’s a great night out, especially on a balmy late summer evening. We sipped gin and tonic on the pavement, listened to some great live music and popped into the cool boutiques along Keyes Avenue beneath the dramatic Trumpet building. Art? Well, not so much, to be honest. The Asha Zero collages at Smac were delightful, but the tight collection was all the art on offer at Keyes Avenue.