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Hayward Gallery

Hayward Gallery is a world-renowned contemporary art gallery and a landmark of brutalist architecture.

The exhibition programme focuses on presenting a wide range of adventurous and influential artists from across the world, while its rich history includes exhibitions by modern pioneers such as Paul Klee, Lucio Fontana, Francis Bacon, Bridget Riley, and Anthony Caro.

About our renovation project

Between September 2015 and January 2018, the gallery was closed for a two-year refurbishment project, the focus of which was the replacement of its 66 iconic pyramid rooflights. 

This project was made possible through the generous support of Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, trusts and foundations and over 50,000 individuals and Southbank Centre friends supporting our Let The Light In fundraising campaign.

What the Hayward brings to the party is a genuine independence of vision: a sense that the crowd is being led, not followed. Hayward shows don’t preach, accuse or bang the drum. They dart about the perimeters of art, making clever connections and delightful observations.
Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times

Hayward Gallery opening times

11am - 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed.
Late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm.

Cafe

11am - 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed.
Late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm.

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Nelson Mandela visits Hlengiwe

Free

Free

Various times
until 19 Aug 2018
Various times | until 19 Aug 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Mark 100 years since the iconic leader’s birth, in this exhibition about his fight for equality
Mark 100 years since the iconic leader’s birth, in this exhibition about his fight for equality
Language Shift, collage art

Free

Free

Various times
until 23 Sep 2018
Various times | until 23 Sep 2018
Literature
Poetry
Explore visual artwork that maps poems written in endangered European languages in this exhibition
Explore visual artwork that maps poems written in endangered European languages in this exhibition

Free

Free

Various times
22 Aug 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
Various times | 22 Aug 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
DRAG is an exhibition of radical self-portraiture from the 1960s to the present day
DRAG is an exhibition of radical self-portraiture from the 1960s to the present day

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 23 Aug 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 23 Aug 2018
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Join us for a discussion on the experiences of black women navigating an unbalanced dating world
Join us for a discussion on the experiences of black women navigating an unbalanced dating world
7:30 pm
Tue 28 Aug 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 28 Aug 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
The Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author explores human behaviour through the lives of artists
The Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author explores human behaviour through the lives of artists
Khaled Hosseini headshot
7:30 pm
Tue 04 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 04 Sep 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
In this exclusive talk, the author reflects on his latest book and what fiction can do in dark times
In this exclusive talk, the author reflects on his latest book and what fiction can do in dark times
 Justice for Grenfell demonstration

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Wed 05 Sep 2018
8:00 pm | Wed 05 Sep 2018
Literature
Poetry
Bear witness at a poetry reading by contributing writers to the Poems for Grenfell Tower anthology
Bear witness at a poetry reading by contributing writers to the Poems for Grenfell Tower anthology
Unlimited: BFI Presents: Ripping it up
7:30 pm
Thu 06 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 06 Sep 2018
Talks & Topics
Disability & Inclusivity
The best of trailblazing D/deaf and disability-led short films plus a panel with featured filmmakers
The best of trailblazing D/deaf and disability-led short films plus a panel with featured filmmakers
Brownton Abbey

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 08 Sep 2018
Various times | Sat 08 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Gigs
Get transcendental at this Afro-futurist performance party
Get transcendental at this Afro-futurist performance party

Free

Free

Various times
12 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
Various times | 12 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Help plan the ninth WOW – Women of the World London: a festival that celebrates women and girls
Help plan the ninth WOW – Women of the World London: a festival that celebrates women and...

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Access

For gallery, foyer, cafe and shop, use:

JCB Glass Lift (Blue Side Foyer, Royal Festival Hall) to exit onto Riverside Terrace (Level 2) and use main entrance into Hayward Gallery. Alternatively, use the car park lift to the Hayward Gallery Foyer. All floors are accessible from main foyer. Please use the main foyer lift to access the Hayward Gallery Cafe.

Download our step-free access map

We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs. Wheelchairs and gallery stools are available for visitors by visiting the Hayward Gallery cloakroom when you arrive (subject to availability).

Talk to a member of staff at the foyer entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra assistance. 

Read more about access 

Cloakroom

Due to the nature of the Lee Bul exhibition, bags of 40 x 25 x 25 cm and over will not be allowed in the exhibition. A cloakroom is available in the Hayward Gallery foyer at a charge of £1 per item. Items left here are at the owner’s risk and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage from any cause to items left in the cloakroom. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Toilets

Toilets are located in the foyer and inside the gallery. An accessible toilet and gender neutral inclusive toilets are located in the foyer.

​A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. For health and safety reasons we do not provide slings. Visitors are asked to bring their own which should be compatible with the loop system. The maximum weight for the hoist and the height adjustable bench is 200kg. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

Parking

Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road (the road between Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery).

The Hayward Gallery Car Park is now closed to cars. There are four Blue Badge parking spaces available for visitors located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road (the road between Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery). Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and use of them is free. You are required to display your Blue Badge as you enter the site. Vehicles that do not display a Blue Badge are refused entry.

Alternative parking is available nearby at the National Theatre car park (330 metres) and APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges.

Blue Badge Parking National Theatre

Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). Just take your badge and car park ticket to Royal Festival Hall Ticket Office on Level 2, for validation before you leave.

Please note: on Sunday when the National Theatre building is closed there is no step-free access from the car park.

Blue Badge Parking APCOA Cornwall Road

Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting Southbank Centre can also be found at the South Bank Car Park—APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park. Just take your badge and car park ticket to the parking attendant office at the entrance to the car park for validation before you leave.

A drop-off point at Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.

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