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    In the Black Fantastic

    29 Jun –⁠ 18 Sep
    Hayward Gallery
    Art & exhibitions
    £13.50, Free for Members
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    Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2014 Mixed media including fabric, buttons, antique sifter, and wire, 211 x 60.5 x 67.5 cm
    Nick Cave. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Mandrake Hotel Collection.

    An exhibition of 11 contemporary artists from the African diaspora, who draw on science fiction, myth and Afrofuturism to question our knowledge of the world.

    In the Black Fantastic is generously supported by the US Embassy London, Gagosian, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation, Victoria Miro, David Zwirner, Pilar Corrias and Sprüth Magers.

    Dazed is the Media Partner for In the Black Fantastic at the Hayward Gallery.

    Ahead of your visit, download Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app, and explore the Hayward Gallery’s guide. In it you can find exhibition content, including exclusive audio commentary by curator Ekow Eshun and some of the artists featured. And remember to bring your headphones so you can listen while you’re in the gallery. 

    Available for download for free on the App Store or Google Play

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    Need to know

    Age recommendation

    For ages 16+

    Dates & times

    29 Jun –⁠ 18 Sep

    Wed, 11am – 9pm
    Thu – Sat, 11am – 7pm
    Sun, 10am – 6pm
    Closed Mon & Tue


    • Standard entry: £13.50*
    • Members: free
    • Concessions: £10.50**
    • Under-30s/Lambeth residents: £5

    * Excludes £3 booking fee.

    ** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

    Tickets can only be sold through the Southbank Centre and our authorised agents, and can't be resold. You can return your tickets to the Southbank Centre for a credit voucher up to 48 hours before the event. Tickets resold on any third-party platforms will become invalid.

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    Hayward Gallery

    Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. 

    Check here for our current guidance

    Wed, 11am – 9pm
    Thurs – Sat, 11am – 7pm
    Sun, 10am – 6pm
    Closed Mon & Tue

    Our address is: Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX.

    • The nearest tube and train stations within 5-7 minutes walk are Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) and Embankment (District & Circle lines).
    • There are also lots of bus routes with stops 2-5 minutes from our venues. For more information on getting here by road, rail or river.

    Visit our Getting here page

    We recommend booking your tickets online in advance. Booking fees apply online (£3.50) and over the phone (£4). Booking fees for Hayward Gallery tickets are £3 online and £3.50 over the phone. There are no booking fees for in-person bookings, Southbank Centre Members and Supporters Circles.

    If you are a Member or supporter, please book your ticket online (details of how to book these tickets are below). 

    Once you’ve booked, we’ll send you an e-ticket. There’s no need to print your e-ticket – just show your phone to our hosts on entry to the gallery. 

    Some free events, including our HENI Project Space exhibitions, don't require a pre-booked ticket – you can simply turn up on the day. These events are labelled FREE on our website with no way to book.

    If you don't receive your e-ticket

    Check your spam folder for an email from [email protected]. If you don’t receive your e-ticket within a few hours of booking, please get in touch. 

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    If you are a Member or supporter, you can book your ticket online in advance by selecting the 'Members’ free ticket' option under the concessions tab. Any extra tickets will be priced at the standard rate unless another concession applies.

    Dual Members must book their tickets separately.

    Lambeth residents

    Lambeth resident tickets for Wed – Fri are £5. Tickets must be booked in advance via our website by selecting the 'Lambeth residents' ticket type under the concessions tab. ID may be requested on arrival.


    Under-30s tickets for Wed – Fri are £5. Tickets must be booked in advance via our website by selecting the 'Under 30' ticket type under the concessions tab. ID may be requested on arrival.

    Under 12s

    Under-12s tickets are free. Tickets must be booked in advance via our website by selecting the 'Under 12' ticket type under the concessions tab. ID may be requested on arrival.

    Reciprocal tickets 

    Reciprocal tickets for the Hayward Gallery can be booked via email for any weekday of the exhibition, excluding the first and final week of the show. Currently pre-booking is essential. Please remember to bring valid ID with you when you visit.

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    Museums Association and ICOM

    Members of the Museums Association and ICOM can get one free ticket. Tickets must be booked in advance by emailing us, giving the date and time you would like to visit the gallery. Please remember to bring valid ID with you when you visit.

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    We are happy to welcome primary, secondary and SEND schools during Hayward Gallery opening hours at the following rates:

    Primary schools: Free, booking required
    Secondary schools in Lambeth and Southwark: Free, booking required
    All other secondary schools: £5 per pupil. Accompanying teachers go free

    Please note that the age recommendation for In the Black Fantastic is 16+. Booking for younger groups is at the school's discretion.

    Please email us with your preferred visit date and any other relevant school and pupil information at [email protected]

    If you have any further questions or need anything else to support your visit, please contact the schools team. 

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    When you arrive

    Entrance to the exhibition is via the Hayward Gallery main entrance. We’re operating a one-way system. 

    Get here as close to your time slot as possible – you won’t be able to come into the Hayward Gallery to wait.


    Toilets, including accessible toilets, are open for ticket holders in the Hayward Gallery Foyer.


    Our cloakroom is £1 per item and is for coats, umbrellas and small bags. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the exhibition, so please leave large bags at home. 

    Visitors with prams, buggies and wheelchairs are welcome.


    After leaving the exhibition, the one-way system takes you through the Hayward Gallery Shop, which is now cash-free.

    We're cash-free

    Please note that we're unable to accept cash payments across our site. 

    When you arrive

    There may be short queues to enter the building and the exhibition. If you are not able to queue or need further assistance, our hosts are here to help you. 

    For level access to the gallery from Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road, use the car park lift to the Hayward Gallery Foyer. All floors are accessible from the main foyer. 

    Download step-free access map

    More about Access & facilities

    Inside the gallery

    Accessible toilets are available, and there is some seating for visitors who need it during their visit. 

    We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs. Wheelchairs and gallery stools are available for visitors by speaking to a host when you arrive (subject to availability).

    Our Access Scheme

    If you’re signed up to our Access Scheme, you’re eligible to bring a companion free of charge. Please book a standard ticket and email us to add your companion to your booking. If you are unable to book online, please get in touch.

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    More about our Access Scheme


    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 the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery).

    There are four Blue Badge parking spaces available for visitors located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road. 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.

    Blue Badge parking at National Theatre

    Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). If you are visiting the Hayward Gallery, just take your badge and car park ticket to the Ticket Desk in the gallery foyer 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.

    Alternative parking is available nearby at the APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges.

    Blue Badge parking APCOA Cornwall Road

    Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the 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 the Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.

    The Hayward Gallery Cafe is the ideal spot for some pre-exhibition sustenance or a post-visit drink. 

    Drop in for a speciality coffee, artisan sandwiches, seasonal fresh salads and an array of homemade cakes and pastries from our in-house baker. Soak up the views with a crisp glass of wine, locally sourced craft ale or one of our signature cocktails.

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