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Hayward Gallery

Hayward Gallery is a world-renowned contemporary art gallery and a landmark of brutalist architecture. The year-round exhibition programme focuses on presenting a wide range of adventurous and influential artists from across the world.

Current exhibitions

diane arbus: in the beginning explores the formative first half of the influential photographer’s career.

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Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion traces several strands of the artist's work in his first UK survey exhibition.

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Hayward Gallery opening times

11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed.

Late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm.

Please note that bags of 40 x 25 x 25 cm and over cannot be taken into the exhibition. A cloakroom is available in the Hayward Gallery Foyer.

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Child enjoying Soundpit at Southbank Centre
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Art
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and designs through movement
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and...
Performer and Children on stage

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Bring your little ones to start the day in a musical way
Bring your little ones to start the day in a musical way
A Girl with glitter Face Paint

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Pay on the door. Entry is £5 cash, per person
Pay on the door. Entry is £5 cash, per person
Cover of The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
11:00 am
Sat 16 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Cross frozen wild-lands with Mila and her sisters at a reading from author Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Cross frozen wild-lands with Mila and her sisters at a reading from author Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Shrimpy Stall at the Southbank Centre Food Market

Free

Free

Various times
25 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Various times | 25 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
Enjoy some of the best street food in London at our market
Enjoy some of the best street food in London at our market
Malorie Blackman, writer
11:00 am
Sat 16 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Spoken word & Live literature
Literature
Hear the stories behind the incredible authors who ignite children's imaginations
Hear the stories behind the incredible authors who ignite children's imaginations
Kader Attia, Measure and Control, 2013
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
UNTIL 6 MAY 2019: The first UK survey exhibition of Kader Attia’s playful and thought-provoking work
UNTIL 6 MAY 2019: The first UK survey exhibition of Kader Attia’s playful and thought-provoking...
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Art
UNTIL 6 MAY 2019: An exhibition exploring the formative first half of the influential photographer’s career
UNTIL 6 MAY 2019: An exhibition exploring the formative first half of the influential...

Free

Free

11:15 am
Sat 16 Feb 2019
11:15 am | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Throw down some shapes and perfect your best moves in this hip-hop dance workshop for kids
Throw down some shapes and perfect your best moves in this hip-hop dance workshop for kids

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sat 16 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Get partying with child-friendly hip-hop, funk and disco anthems
Get partying with child-friendly hip-hop, funk and disco anthems
Nadine Kaadan, Illustrator
Various times
Sat 16 Feb 2019
Various times | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Hear about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict from the children’s author
Hear about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict from the children’s author
The Skies Above My Eyes, Illustration of a young girl
2:00 pm
Sat 16 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Voyage to the stars at a storytelling and drawing session with Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer
Voyage to the stars at a storytelling and drawing session with Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer
Photo of the Time for Bed event at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Illustration children dancing in the evening light and birds on buildings
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Introduce your little ones to theatre at an interactive hip-hop show
Introduce your little ones to theatre at an interactive hip-hop show
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Peppa Pig and family performing on stage
Various times
15 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Various times | 15 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Classical music
Everyone’s favourite Pig family leads an interactive introduction to live orchestra for little ones
Everyone’s favourite Pig family leads an interactive introduction to live orchestra for little...
The Singing Mermaid, drawing of  a mermaid
Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Escape to the seaside with The Singing Mermaid, told through song, puppetry and performance
Escape to the seaside with The Singing Mermaid, told through song, puppetry and performance
Ready Steady Lift Off astronaut programme
Various times
Sat 16 Feb 2019
Various times | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Welcome to our space station: train to be an astronaut, make your own rocket and lift off!
Welcome to our space station: train to be an astronaut, make your own rocket and lift off!
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THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Bring the whole family to unwind with a story every afternoon of Imagine Children's Festival
Bring the whole family to unwind with a story every afternoon of Imagine Children's Festival
Various times
2 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 2 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Various times
31 Oct 2018 - 16 Feb 2019
Various times | 31 Oct 2018 - 16 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
The man behind hit show Modern Life is Goodish is back on the road with a brand new live show
The man behind hit show Modern Life is Goodish is back on the road with a brand new live show
Photo portrait of the author Philip Ardagh, who appears at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
11:00 am
Sun 17 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join Kitty Cask for deeds of derring-do at an interactive storytelling session for ages 7 - 10
Join Kitty Cask for deeds of derring-do at an interactive storytelling session for ages 7 - 10

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 17 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Get in tune at a day of music-making with the talented young musicians
Get in tune at a day of music-making with the talented young musicians
Speak into Your Power book illustration
1:00 pm
Sun 17 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 17 Feb 2019
You’ve heard about heroes and read about the greats, but how do you actually get there yourself?
You’ve heard about heroes and read about the greats, but how do you actually get there yourself?
Alex Milway in costumes
2:00 pm
Sun 17 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Check in at the funniest and sunniest hotel in town for musical sing-alongs and live illustration
Check in at the funniest and sunniest hotel in town for musical sing-alongs and live illustration
Denis Kozukhin 2016.Pianist.Photo: Marco Borggreve

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Sun 17 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Jakub Hruša conducts the second set of Dvoràk’s Slavonic Dances alongside music from Central Europe
Jakub Hruša conducts the second set of Dvoràk’s Slavonic Dances alongside music from Central...
Child enjoying Rug Rhymes at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

10:30 am
Mon 18 Feb 2019
10:30 am | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
A short session of nursery rhymes, poems and stories for under-5s and their carers
A short session of nursery rhymes, poems and stories for under-5s and their carers
Elmer, the patchwork elephant
11:00 am
Mon 18 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
It’s Elmer’s birthday! Celebrate 30 years of the patchwork elephant at a talk by his creator
It’s Elmer’s birthday! Celebrate 30 years of the patchwork elephant at a talk by his creator
Various times
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Various times | 1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones

Free

Free

11:00 am
Mon 18 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Jazz hands at the ready – join us for a day celebrating all things musical theatre, for ages 5+
Jazz hands at the ready – join us for a day celebrating all things musical theatre, for ages 5+
Photo of a girl holding up a drawing she has done at a Southbank Centre poetry workshop
11:30 am
Mon 18 Feb 2019
11:30 am | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
Create cosmic illustrations that take poems to a different dimension at a children’s workshop with Ed Boxall
Create cosmic illustrations that take poems to a different dimension at a children’s workshop with...
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Various times
Mon 18 Feb 2019
Various times | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Feel the wonder of books at a storytelling session for blind and partially sighted children
Feel the wonder of books at a storytelling session for blind and partially sighted children
Illustration of a dog for the Woof Woof Wag Wag Puppy Poems event at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
1:30 pm
Mon 18 Feb 2019
1:30 pm | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
Pad along to hear poems about our waggiest friends at this poetry reading for ages 5 - 7
Pad along to hear poems about our waggiest friends at this poetry reading for ages 5 - 7
Photo of a performer surrounded by small children as part of the show Far, Far Away
Various times
18 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019
Various times | 18 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019
Under-5s encounter the playful genius of Schumann and the exploits of Pepper the monkey
Under-5s encounter the playful genius of Schumann and the exploits of Pepper the monkey
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
2:00 pm
Mon 18 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Go on an intrepid adventure at a screening of the animated film adaptation of the children's book
Go on an intrepid adventure at a screening of the animated film adaptation of the children's...
Photo of an audience of children and adults at the National Poetry Library at Southbank Centre
3:00 pm
Mon 18 Feb 2019
3:00 pm | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
In the mood for some powerfully persuasive poetry? Pile in to a poetry reading for ages 8 - 11
In the mood for some powerfully persuasive poetry? Pile in to a poetry reading for ages 8 - 11
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Cosmic Currents with Figs in Wigs and Friends

Free

Free

11:30 am
Tue 19 Feb 2019
11:30 am | Tue 19 Feb 2019
Put on your space suit for a day of intergalactic workshops, dance, performance and storytelling
Put on your space suit for a day of intergalactic workshops, dance, performance and storytelling
Jeremy Strong, writer
1:00 pm
Tue 19 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Tue 19 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Laugh your socks off with Jeremy Strong as he shares the giggles from his latest children's story
Laugh your socks off with Jeremy Strong as he shares the giggles from his latest children's...
A toddler holding up a children book
Various times
Tue 19 Feb 2019
Various times | Tue 19 Feb 2019
Dive under the sea with writer Candy Gourlay in a children's show about the mysterious dugong
Dive under the sea with writer Candy Gourlay in a children's show about the mysterious dugong
Captain Flinn:The Magic Cutlass
Various times
19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
All aboard for a theatrical pirate adventure with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs
All aboard for a theatrical pirate adventure with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs
book cover for The Day I Fell into a Book
Various times
19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Find yourself in a magical world of imagination at an immersive storytelling adventure
Find yourself in a magical world of imagination at an immersive storytelling adventure
Yann Tiersen, musician and composer
Various times
19 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Various times | 19 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Gigs
Hear tender piano-led works from the composer and multi-instrumentalist behind the Amélie soundtrack
Hear tender piano-led works from the composer and multi-instrumentalist behind the Amélie...
Heart N Soul, creative arts company

Free

Free

11:30 am
Wed 20 Feb 2019
11:30 am | Wed 20 Feb 2019
Get involved in a creative project for children and young people with learning disabilities
Get involved in a creative project for children and young people with learning disabilities
Illustration for the event This is the Drum, showing children in bright clothes dancing in the sand while a boy plays a kettle drum
Various times
Wed 20 Feb 2019
Various times | Wed 20 Feb 2019
Come and step to the beat with the award-winning picture book author
Come and step to the beat with the award-winning picture book author
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Group of people playing Gamelan
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bad Nana illustration
11:00 am
Thu 21 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Find out what Nana does next at a rib-tickling reading from the author of Where Bear?
Find out what Nana does next at a rib-tickling reading from the author of Where Bear?

Free

Free

11:30 am
Thu 21 Feb 2019
11:30 am | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Jive, charleston and waltz around the floor with a day of dancing for kids
Jive, charleston and waltz around the floor with a day of dancing for kids
Under embargo until 13:45 7th June...Pictured at Hull City Hall is the presentation of the new Tenth Waterstones Children's Laureate. Shown is Lauren Child, the new laureate and the medal she has been awarded. Pictures copyright Darren Casey / DCimaging
1:00 pm
Thu 21 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The mind behind beloved children’s book characters Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola
The mind behind beloved children’s book characters Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola
Smriti Prasadam-Halls, author
Various times
Thu 21 Feb 2019
Various times | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Find your happy at an interactive craft and storytelling workshop full of feel-good fun
Find your happy at an interactive craft and storytelling workshop full of feel-good fun
Photo of storyteller Richard O'Neill sitting inside a traditional Romany caravan
2:00 pm
Thu 21 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Fly away on a magical white horse as the Romani storyteller weaves tales for ages 6 - 10
Fly away on a magical white horse as the Romani storyteller weaves tales for ages 6 - 10
Photo of beatboxer Shlomo in action. He brings his Beatbox Adventure for Kids to Southbank Centre's Imagine festival in 2019
Various times
Thu 21 Feb 2019
Various times | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Become one of sonic superhero Shlomo’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds for all the family
Become one of sonic superhero Shlomo’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds for all the family
Adrian Varela and Philharmonia Chamber Players play Bach, Stravinsky, Piazzolla

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 21 Feb 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Violinist Adrián Varela leads a string quartet in works by JS Bach, Stravinsky and Piazzolla
Violinist Adrián Varela leads a string quartet in works by JS Bach, Stravinsky and Piazzolla
Various times
3 Feb 2019 - 21 Feb 2019
Various times | 3 Feb 2019 - 21 Feb 2019
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
6:30 pm
Thu 21 Feb 2019
6:30 pm | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Find out what’s in store during our new season of classical music at a Members’ evening
Find out what’s in store during our new season of classical music at a Members’ evening
Philippe Herreweghe

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 21 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear a 21st-century orchestra transformed by a conductor known for Baroque and Classical music
Hear a 21st-century orchestra transformed by a conductor known for Baroque and Classical music
The Burning Glass, acoustic band

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 22 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Feel the fierce energy, lilting layers of vocals and sparks of lyrical wit from this four-piece band
Feel the fierce energy, lilting layers of vocals and sparks of lyrical wit from this four-piece band
Photo portrait of author Alex Bell
Various times
Fri 22 Feb 2019
Various times | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Write your way to the land of ice and snow with the author of The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club
Write your way to the land of ice and snow with the author of The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club
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Molly Spoons

Free

Free

Various times
Fri 22 Feb 2019
Various times | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Craft a spoon doll of your extraordinary alter ego and share it in this workshop and parade
Craft a spoon doll of your extraordinary alter ego and share it in this workshop and parade
A boy playing a piano
Various times
22 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 22 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Consider big questions at a show using rhyme and music
What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Consider big questions at a show using rhyme and music
Zeñel, jazz group

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 22 Feb 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Gigs
Whiz kids of jazz: the London-based trio deliver complexity and excitement grounded in improvisation
Whiz kids of jazz: the London-based trio deliver complexity and excitement grounded in improvisation

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Opening times

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

Hayward Gallery Cafe has the same opening hours. The cafe does not open when the main galleries are closed for installation.

Ticketing

Hayward Gallery is cash free. Visitors are able to buy tickets with cash from Ticket Office, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall.

Bag restrictions

Please note that bags of 40 x 25 x 25 cm and over cannot be taken into the exhibition. A cloakroom is available in the Hayward Gallery Foyer.

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.

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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. 

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Cloakroom

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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