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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
Various times
until 29 Jul 2018
Various times | until 29 Jul 2018
Art
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Free

Various times
24 Jul 2018 - 22 Aug 2018
Various times | 24 Jul 2018 - 22 Aug 2018
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
Paul Burston_Polari_image_credit_justin david
7:30 pm
Tue 24 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 24 Jul 2018
Literature
Poetry
The beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon hears from Lesley Thomson and more in this midsummer outing
The beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon hears from Lesley Thomson and more in this midsummer outing
Various times
24 Jul 2018 - 28 Jul 2018
Various times | 24 Jul 2018 - 28 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Cabaret
Find out what all the buzz is about as Hot Brown Honey present a dazzling theatrical spectacular
Find out what all the buzz is about as Hot Brown Honey present a dazzling theatrical spectacular
The Jam Shed Supper Club Summer
Various times
24 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Various times | 24 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Join MasterChef contestants for delectable fare at this supper club overlooking the Thames
Join MasterChef contestants for delectable fare at this supper club overlooking the Thames
Yuan Goang-Ming Tomorrowland

Free

Free

Various times
until 6 Aug 2018
Various times | until 6 Aug 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
A free exhibition of recent work by pioneering Taiwanese video artist Yuan Goang-Ming
A free exhibition of recent work by pioneering Taiwanese video artist Yuan Goang-Ming
1 Jun 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Art
Lee Bul transforms Hayward Gallery into a spectacular dream-like landscape
Lee Bul transforms Hayward Gallery into a spectacular dream-like landscape
7:30 pm
Wed 25 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 25 Jul 2018
Literature
Poetry
Enjoy exciting new voices at the Poetry Book Society's Summer Showcase at Southbank Centre
Enjoy exciting new voices at the Poetry Book Society's Summer Showcase at Southbank Centre
Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Wed 25 Jul 2018
9:30 pm | Wed 25 Jul 2018
Kick off the weekend with this brilliant Whoopi Goldberg caper—the first of five free outdoor screenings we'll be hosting this summer
Kick off the weekend with this brilliant Whoopi Goldberg caper—the first of five free outdoor...
Language Shift, collage art

Free

Free

Various times
26 Jul 2018 - 23 Sep 2018
Various times | 26 Jul 2018 - 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
Heart 'n Soul. The Beautiful Octopus Club Festival, Royal Festival Hall.

Free

Free

Various times
26 Jul 2018 - 23 Aug 2018
Various times | 26 Jul 2018 - 23 Aug 2018
Gigs
Urban
Get your groove on to summer tunes at this dance party overlooking the river
Get your groove on to summer tunes at this dance party overlooking the river
Various times
until 26 Jul 2018
Various times | until 26 Jul 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Print by Mary Kuper

Free

Free

7:30 pm
Thu 26 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 26 Jul 2018
Art
Literature
Witness visual and literary responses to endangered European languages at this exhibition launch
Witness visual and literary responses to endangered European languages at this exhibition launch
Life is Wonderful - Mandela's Unsung Heroes

Free

Free

Various times
27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Various times | 27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Discover the story behind Mandela’s trial in this new film, directed by Sir Nick Stadlen
Discover the story behind Mandela’s trial in this new film, directed by Sir Nick Stadlen
Chorus Weekend 2018

Free

Free

Various times
27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Various times | 27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Classical music
Choral
Raise your voice in joy at this weekend of free singing performances and workshops
Raise your voice in joy at this weekend of free singing performances and workshops
9:30 am
Sat 28 Jul 2018
9:30 am | Sat 28 Jul 2018
Art
Get the most out of the exhibition with this What You Need to Know in-depth look at Lee Bul's work
Get the most out of the exhibition with this What You Need to Know in-depth look at Lee Bul's...
 ZooNation Presents The Next Generation 2018
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Don’t miss a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people
Don’t miss a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people
Various times
until 29 Jul 2018
Various times | until 29 Jul 2018
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Various times
until 28 Oct 2018
Various times | until 28 Oct 2018
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Skyscraper view
8:00 pm
Wed 01 Aug 2018
8:00 pm | Wed 01 Aug 2018
Literature
Poetry
Walk in the footsteps of the volatile French genius through original poetry and music
Walk in the footsteps of the volatile French genius through original poetry and music
David Bowie, Labyrinth

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Wed 01 Aug 2018
9:30 pm | Wed 01 Aug 2018
Journey through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered at an outdoor screening of the classic film
Journey through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered at an outdoor screening of the classic film
Image of a boy in front of building blocks, CRXSS PLATFXRM 2018

Free

Free

Various times
3 Aug 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
Various times | 3 Aug 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
Uncover the new wave of multi-disciplinary UK street artists with a Peckham-founded showcase
Uncover the new wave of multi-disciplinary UK street artists with a Peckham-founded showcase
Various times
4 Aug 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
Various times | 4 Aug 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
Peek into our behind-the-scenes history and famous spaces on this tour
Peek into our behind-the-scenes history and famous spaces on this tour
Various times
5 Aug 2018 - 26 Aug 2018
Various times | 5 Aug 2018 - 26 Aug 2018
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Various times
7 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
Various times | 7 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Follow young inventor Monty as he creates a world of wacky inventions and incredible monsters
Follow young inventor Monty as he creates a world of wacky inventions and incredible monsters
Hairspray the movie

Free

Free

9:15 pm
Wed 08 Aug 2018
9:15 pm | Wed 08 Aug 2018
Let your hair down with the original 1988 oddball teen dance drama, directed by John Waters
Let your hair down with the original 1988 oddball teen dance drama, directed by John Waters
Raze Collective Weekend: Figs in Wigs

Free

Free

Various times
10 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
Various times | 10 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
Celebrate the best in queer (LGBTQI+) culture at the Raze Collective Summertime Stage takeover
Celebrate the best in queer (LGBTQI+) culture at the Raze Collective Summertime Stage takeover

Free

Free

7:30 pm
Sat 11 Aug 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 11 Aug 2018
Be at this performance about the smuggled Shakespeare book that inspired Mandela
Be at this performance about the smuggled Shakespeare book that inspired Mandela
Acrobats, backbone performance
Various times
14 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Various times | 14 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Circus
A high-octane exploration of the limits of human strength from the acclaimed acrobatic troupe
A high-octane exploration of the limits of human strength from the acclaimed acrobatic troupe
Hugh Jackman in The greatest Showman

Free

Free

9:15 pm
Wed 15 Aug 2018
9:15 pm | Wed 15 Aug 2018
Roll up! Roll up! Catch an outdoor screening of the 2017 smash hit starring Hugh Jackman
Roll up! Roll up! Catch an outdoor screening of the 2017 smash hit starring Hugh Jackman

Free

Free

2:30 pm
Thu 16 Aug 2018
2:30 pm | Thu 16 Aug 2018
Hear Mandela’s daughter and great-grandchildren discuss their children’s book on his life
Hear Mandela’s daughter and great-grandchildren discuss their children’s book on his life
Circus 250 Weekend: The Bazazi Brothers

Free

Free

Various times
17 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Various times | 17 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Stop clowning around – it’s time to take showbiz seriously at the 250th anniversary of circus
Stop clowning around – it’s time to take showbiz seriously at the 250th anniversary of circus
Audience at Talk

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 18 Aug 2018
Various times | Sat 18 Aug 2018
Discover Thuli Madonsela, one woman who stood against corruption in South Africa, in this documentary
Discover Thuli Madonsela, one woman who stood against corruption in South Africa, in this...

Free

Free

Various times
Sun 19 Aug 2018
Various times | Sun 19 Aug 2018
Witness a multi-layered story of the anti-apartheid movement in this documentary film
Witness a multi-layered story of the anti-apartheid movement in this documentary film

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Tue 21 Aug 2018
1:30 pm | Tue 21 Aug 2018
Join us for a spin around the floor at this month's fabulous, fun and free tea dance
Join us for a spin around the floor at this month's fabulous, fun and free tea dance

Free

Free

Various times
22 Aug 2018 - 7 Oct 2018
Various times | 22 Aug 2018 - 7 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
John Travolta in Grease

Free

Free

9:15 pm
Wed 22 Aug 2018
9:15 pm | Wed 22 Aug 2018
Spend a summer night with the Pink Ladies and T-Birds at an outdoor screening of the kitsch croon-fest
Spend a summer night with the Pink Ladies and T-Birds at an outdoor screening of the kitsch...
Various times
23 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Various times | 23 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Oliver Jeffers' magical story of friendship is brought to life through puppetry and music
Oliver Jeffers' magical story of friendship is brought to life through puppetry and music
Rinse Bloc Party on the Royal festival Hall Terrace

Free

Free

Various times
24 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Various times | 24 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Gigs
Urban
See the summer out in style with four days of music, performance and dance
See the summer out in style with four days of music, performance and dance
 Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra
5:00 pm
Sun 26 Aug 2018
5:00 pm | Sun 26 Aug 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Revel in the energy of youth at an orchestral performance of young musicians from across Europe
Revel in the energy of youth at an orchestral performance of young musicians from across Europe
7:30 pm
Tue 28 Aug 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 28 Aug 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
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
Various times
28 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Various times | 28 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Embrace the darkness in this comic and musical concert inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic world
Embrace the darkness in this comic and musical concert inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic world
Discwoman collective
Various times
30 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Various times | 30 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Lose yourself in the sounds of DJs from New York-based electronic music platform Discwoman
Lose yourself in the sounds of DJs from New York-based electronic music platform Discwoman
Velvet Petal. Scottish Dance Theatre, CEPROMUSIC. Dundee Rep Theatre. July 2016
Various times
31 Aug 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Various times | 31 Aug 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
This intimate dance work explores the transformative power of beauty
This intimate dance work explores the transformative power of beauty
8:00 pm
Mon 03 Sep 2018
8:00 pm | Mon 03 Sep 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
The two musicians reunite to perform from their new multi-genre album Wildflower Blues
The two musicians reunite to perform from their new multi-genre album Wildflower Blues
7:30 pm
Tue 04 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 04 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
What do theatre and chess have in common with other games people play with each other?
What do theatre and chess have in common with other games people play with each other?
Khaled Hosseini headshot
7:30 pm
Tue 04 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 04 Sep 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
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
7:45 pm
Tue 04 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 04 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
A woman reads and reflects upon Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks in this provocative work
A woman reads and reflects upon Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks in this provocative work
Unlimited: It was Paradise

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
Find hope across borders in a collaborative art project created by British and Palestinian artists
Find hope across borders in a collaborative art project created by British and Palestinian artists

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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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