Learn about a diverse range of artists, be inspired and question what you see. Hayward Gallery is an adventurous and innovative contemporary art gallery and a core part of Southbank Centre’s learning programme. Our mission is to inspire a new generation of artists and art-goers, as well as to inspire teachers and learners of all ages to explore new artists.
For each exhibition our learning offer for primary and secondary schools currently consists of:
We run free Teachers’ Evenings, which include a tour of the exhibition and a presentation by the exhibition’s curator. We encourage teachers of all subjects to attend, as many of our exhibitions cover a wide range of subject matters and can be a great way of combining subject trips.
School Takeover Days are designed and led by children and the gallery is opened exclusively for students, who take part in a day of exploring, activities and workshops.
Schools are welcome to book self-led tours of the exhibitions any weekday (except Tuesdays). Schools can also book guided tours for free, subject to availability, with a cancellation or no- show fee of £100.
Local primary and secondary schools in the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark can visit the Hayward Gallery free of charge on weekdays (except Tuesdays). To be entitled to free entry, schools must book in advance by calling the group bookings line on 0207 960 4225. If your school requires specific access needs, please let us know when booking.
Yes. Southbank Centre has a safeguarding policy for working with children and vulnerable adults. This information is for schools who are bringing children to an event or project at Southbank Centre. We require that all schools read this and return a signed copy of the Safeguarding Information for Schools form to Southbank Centre before bringing your group on site. The completed form should be emailed to group bookings at [email protected] once your booking has been confirmed.
Booking your visit in advance is highly advised. If you bring a group to the Hayward Gallery without an advance booking you won’t be entitled to receive the discounted group rate, or to free entry for local schools.
Exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery are often very busy, and without an advance booking we can’t guarantee entry for a large group. To avoid disappointment and get the best price, please book your visit in advance.
An invoice for your reservation is sent as soon the booking has been made. Payment can be made by cheque, BACS Transfer or credit/debit card and is required five days before the visit to the gallery.
Tickets, once paid, will be left for collection at the Hayward Gallery Ticket Office on the day of your visit.
Please check beforehand that payment has been received.
We have a specially trained team of artist educators who can facilitate tours. The team are skilled in delivering tours to a range of ages and abilities, and can offer a range of options for themes and activities.
Once you’ve booked your tickets, get in touch to check availability of tour leaders, and costs.
Tickets for all visitors to the Hayward Gallery are issued for timed entry in hourly slots. For group visitors, there is a maximum of 30 people for each hourly entrance time. If you intend to bring a group of more than 30 people, you may be asked to split the group to stagger entry times.
It is important that there are enough adults to supervise visits by under-16s. Adult supervision of students under 16 is required at all times, and we ask you to use the following ratios:
We reserve the right to refuse entry to the Hayward Gallery for safety reasons if there are not sufficient adults to supervise your group.
Teachers and group leaders are responsible for students’ behaviour while at the gallery.
The Royal Festival Hall foyers are open to the public from 10am to 11pm daily. Opening hours are subject to change for special events; please confirm opening hours in advance of your visit.
We can provide two risk assessments, should you require them, for public access to the Hayward Gallery. One is a general risk assessment for the building and is available whenever you make a booking. The other is specific to particular exhibitions and is only available from the day the exhibition opens. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
All group leaders should register at the Ticket Office upon arrival.
Large bags, rucksacks, coats or other articles of luggage are not allowed in the gallery. A cloakroom and provisions for groups to leave such items before entering are available.
Students are welcome to sketch in the gallery using pencils. Please help keep the gallery tidy for other visitors by taking any materials with you after your visit. Paint, charcoal, pens, crayons, and pastels are not allowed.
We want your group to feel free to enjoy the art works and discuss the works. For the safety of the artworks, and other visitors to the Hayward Gallery, please remind your groups of the following:
Inside the gallery, please don’t: run, touch, lean, shout, eat or drink.
To avoid congestion in the shop, please ensure pupils visit in small staggered groups and are supervised at all times. Please do: look, listen, debate, think, and discuss.