Hayward Gallery - SBC

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The Hayward, a purpose-built, modern art gallery, was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1968. It is considered an icon of 1960s brutalist architecture. The Gallery plays a vital role in the visual arts in the UK and internationally. As one of the largest and most versatile temporary art exhibition spaces in Britain, it has proved remarkably adaptable in presenting a wide range of ground-breaking exhibitions for 40 years.

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Opening hours

Daily 10am - 6pm
Late night opening, Fridays until 10pm
Quietest times to visit the gallery are Monday and early weekday mornings.

Closed 1 January, 24-26 December.

Admission charges

Admission varies. Concessions available. Visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk/visual-arts for more details

Additional info

Visitors with access needs please call the following number for information: 020 7960 5226.

Minicom Textphone Service for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Patrons: 020 7921 0921.

For wheelchair (and pushchair) access to this exhibition please contact the Foyer Supervisor on arrival. Loan wheelchairs available. Pre-book on 020 7928 3144.

Unstepped access from the Hayward Car Park. Orange badge holders booking in advance or at the door will receive a free voucher to use at any SBC car park. Accessible toilet available, please ask in Foyer. Guide dogs welcome.

Collection details

Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

David Batchelor, Sixty Minute Spectrum (2017)

  • 22 November 2017 — 25 March 2018 *on now

Flooded with dramatic colour, the gallery’s unique pyramid rooflights move gradually through the visible chromatic spectrum – from red to violet – every sixty minutes. Sixty Minute Spectrum (2017) is part of Batchelor’s ongoing exploration of the intense, synthetic colour that characterises modern cities, and the ways in which we respond to colour in our advanced technological age. Celebrating and illuminating the iconic architecture of the Hayward Gallery, this ambitious commission also provides a countdown to the re-opening of the building in January 2018.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Andreas Gursky

  • 25 January — 22 April 2018 *on now

Widely regarded as one of the most significant photographers of our time, Gursky is known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life. The exhibition will feature approximately 60 of the artist’s ground-breaking photographs, from the 1980s through to his most recent work, which continues to push the boundaries of the medium. Andreas Gursky marks the beginning of the Hayward Gallery’s 50th anniversary year and is the first exhibition to take place in the Gallery following its two-year refurbishment, along with two of Southbank Centre’s other venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. For the first time since the gallery’s original opening, the gallery’s pyramid roof lights will allow natural light into the spaces below.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£16, free for members



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

On Paper

  • 13 January — 3 March 2018 *on now
  • 17 March — 13 May 2018
  • 26 May — 14 July 2018
  • 28 July — 22 September 2018
  • 1 December 2018 — 17 February 2019
  • 23 February — 27 April 2019

Artists have used paper to construct three-dimensional objects as diverse as Karla Black’s delicate and sensuous hanging structures made from sugar paper, hair gel and chalk, Lesley Foxcroft’s two-tone corrugated bricks, Gareth Jones’ cloakroom ticket cape and Art and Language’s jig-saw. Also considered will be works on paper which have been burnt, torn and cut by artists such as Roger Ackling, Cornelia Parker, Tim Davies and Simon Periton. Collage is perhaps the most obvious form of cut paper work and the show will include a small group of collages by Roland Penrose, Eduardo Paolozzi, John Stezaker and Tony Swain, as well as paper works which have been rubbed, folded and embossed by artists such as James Richards, Anna Barriball, Wolfgang Tillmans and Langlands & Bell.

13 January – 3 March 2018 PERTH, Museum and Art Gallery
17 March – 13 May OLDHAM, Gallery Oldham
26 May – 14 July INVERNESS, Museum & Art Gallery
28 July – 22 September WREXHAM, Oriel Wrecsam
29 September – 25 November Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
1 Dec 2018 – 17 Feb 2019 BATH, Victoria Art Gallery
23 February – 27 April Honiton, Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Archive of Modern Conflict: Collected Shadows

  • 2 February — 8 April 2018 *on now

Curated by AMC Director and curator Timothy Prus, this eclectic display consists of 240 images. Through unexpected juxtapositions and associations across time periods, geographies and techniques, Collected Shadows focuses on themes of the earth, fire, air, and water, complemented by divinity, astrology, and flight.


Stills: Centre for Photography
23 Cockburn St, Edinburgh

In My Shoes

  • 1 April — 17 June 2018
  • 7 July — 27 August 2018
  • 19 January — 12 May 2019

Encompassing a range of media including film, photography and sculpture, In My Shoes draws primarily from the holdings of the Arts Council Collection, with key loans from other UK collections, to investigate these new and dynamic approaches. In My Shoes offers a timely opportunity to consider the legacy of a key aspect of 1990s British art, and begins with key early works by Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Gavin Turk, who received international attention for putting themselves in the frame with bold and confrontational works. The exhibition continues with the work of a younger generation of artists including Rachel McLean and Bedwyr Williams who have each established an active role within their work. Represented artists include: Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Rachel MacLean, Hayley Newman, Grayson Perry, Marc Quinn, Zineb Sidera, Bob & Roberta Smith, Gavin Turk, Mark Wallinger, Gillian Wearing, Bedwyr Williams, Jane & Louise Wilson and Carey Young.

Longside Gallery, 1 April–17 June 2018
Leicester, Attenborough Arts Centre, 7 July–27 August
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 19 January–12 May 2019

Lee Bul: Wayward Wander

  • 30 May — 19 August 2018

Celebrating Hayward Gallery’s Brutalist architecture, the artist will produce a series of new major site-specific commissions, one of which will partially envelop the exterior of the Gallery, drawing on the potential of the recently refurbished building with its restored roof lights. The exhibition will also her recent immersive installations, key sculptural works from her Monster, Cyborg and Anagram series and documentation of Lee Bul’s early performances. Visions will feature a section dedicated to her studio work, providing an insight into the artist’s drawings, and the different strands of her practice.


Price TBC, members go free



Art Night 2018

  • 7 July 2018

, London’s largest free arts festival which this year will run along the Thames from Southbank Centre through Nine Elms to Battersea. Curated by Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, Art Night 2018 will coincide with Hayward gallery’s 50th anniversary and will present new commissions and work by leading contemporary artists presented across a dozen exceptional historic sites, iconic landmarks, secret venues and public spaces around Southbank Centre, Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea, including the Hayward Gallery itself and exceptional sites such as Battersea Power Station and New Covent Garden Market. Full details of London’s Art Night 2018 programme including artists, venues and partnerships, will be announced in Spring 2018.





Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare selects work from the Arts Council Collection

  • 1 September — 31 December 2018

Renowned for his eye-popping use of colour and pattern in works that often play with ideas of cultural appropriation. Shonibare has long been interested in exploring art historical and postcolonial themes whilst pushing the boundaries of accepted ‘good taste’. Provocatively riffing on Adolf Loos’s highly influential and vehemently anti-decoration Ornament and Crime (1908), Shonibare selects works from the Arts Council Collection and beyond that might make Loos furious ­– but which surprise, dazzle us, and make us think. Ranging from sculpture to painting, from wallpaper to handbags, these works he tells a story of an art-world that refuses to be confined. Artists include: Bridget Riley; Pablo Bronstein; Andy Holden; David Batchelor; Caroline Achaintre; Hew Locke; Mark Neville; Bedwyr Williams and wallpaper by Timorous Beasties

Tour details
Leicester, Attenborough Arts Centre, September–December 2018 (exact dates tbc)
Exeter, RAMM, 19 January–16 March 2019
Longside Gallery, April –June 2019
Southampton Art Gallery, 27 June–September 2019

Hand Drawn, Action Packed

  • 1 September — 11 November 2018

Featuring Marcel Dzama; Marcel van Eeden; Inci Eviner; Yun Fei Ji; William Kentridge; Nalini Malani; Otobong Nkanga; Raymond Pettibon; Amy Sillman and Rinus Van de Velde, each of the artists in the exhibition deploy narrative forms for social critique, fantasy, political allegory and autobiography to engage the reader/viewer and hold their attention. They make imaginative use of all the tools at their disposal, whether it’s an iPhone, a computer screen and projector, a camera and a stick of charcoal, or pen and ink and watercolour.

St Albans Museum + Gallery, 1 September–11 November 2018
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 15 December 2018–4 March 2019
Tour continues (details tbc)

Hayward Gallery - SBC
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
Greater London




0871 663 2519

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