Schools at Hayward Gallery

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 creative learning programme. Our mission is to inspire a new generation of artists and art-goers, as well as to support teachers and learners of all ages to explore new artists. 

For each exhibition our learning offer for primary, secondary and SEND schools currently consists of: 

  • Teachers’ Evenings
  • School Takeover Days
  • School Tours (guided or self-led)
  • Hello Hayward guide

Teachers’ Evenings

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

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.

School Tours

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.

Hello Hayward guide

Why not pick up our ‘Hello Hayward’ guide whilst visiting the exhibition with your class/ school group? This fun, easy to use guide is packed full of questions, prompts and ideas to help your students engage with and get more from exhibitions at Hayward Gallery.

Pick up a free Hello Hayward guide for each member of your group at the Hayward Gallery ticket desk. Suitable for KS2 & KS3, and for both independent learning and group work. 

Get all the answers to your questions about your trip to Hayward Gallery below.
Do I need to complete any paperwork?

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 once your booking has been confirmed.


view Safeguarding Information for Schools form

Can we visit without booking?

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.

Will you send us our tickets 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.

Can we book a tour or workshop?

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.

Is there a maximum group size?

Tickets for all visitors to 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.

How many adults should we bring?

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:


  • 1:5 for under-5s
  • 1:10 for under-11s
  • 1:15 for 11-16 year olds
  • 1:20 for 16-18 year olds

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.

Where can we eat our lunch?

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.

Do you have a standard risk assessment for school visits to Hayward Gallery?

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 for more information.

What do we do when we get to Hayward Gallery?

All group leaders should register at the Ticket Office upon arrival.

Can we take bags into the gallery?

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.

Can we take sketching materials into the gallery?

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.

What kind of behaviour is unacceptable in the gallery and shop?

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.


Please do: look, listen, debate, think, and discuss.


To avoid congestion in the shop, please ensure pupils visit in small staggered groups and are supervised at all times.

Where can I pick up Hello Hayward Guides for my group?

You will be able to collect a free Hello Hayward guide for each member of your group at the Hayward Gallery ticket desk.

booking tickets

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). If your school requires specific access needs, please let us know when booking.

To be entitled to free entry, schools must book in advance by calling the group bookings line on 0207 960 4225.