Mixing It Up: Painting Today
An exhibition of 31 artists whose works entrance, transfix and challenge us, Mixing It Up celebrates paintings that bring together diverse images and ideas.
Mixing It Up brings together 31 contemporary painters who exploit the unique characteristics of their medium to create fresh, compelling works of art that speak to this moment.
Approaching painting as a platform for speculative thinking and unexpected conversations, the artists in this exhibition make works that oscillate between observation and invention, depiction and allegory, illusion and materiality.
Instead of trying to craft iconic images, they treat the canvas as a site of assemblage where references converge from diverse territories including music, design, advertising, vernacular and documentary photography, viral memes, fashion and cinema, as well as art history.
Resonantly ambiguous, their paintings invite viewers to recruit their own imaginations in working out different ways to interpret them, while often questioning how their social reception might shift among different audiences.
Instead of seeming like the most conservative and traditional art form, this kind of painting is arguably the most conceptually adventurous. It draws on the power of the medium to both transfix us and to undo our ingrained ways of seeing and thinking.
Featuring three generations of artists who live and work here, Mixing It Up highlights the UK’s emergence as a vital international centre of contemporary painting.
Reflecting the international character of the painting scene in this country, the participating artists come from a diverse range of backgrounds and nationalities: over a third of the participating artists were born in other places, including countries in Africa, Asia, South America and North America.
Mixing It Up: Painting Today features 31 artists:
Tasha Amini, Hurvin Anderson, Alvaro Barrington, Lydia Blakeley, Gabriella Boyd, Lisa Brice, Gareth Cadwallader, Caroline Coon, Somaya Critchlow, Peter Doig, Jadé Fadojutimi, Denzil Forrester, Louise Giovanelli, Andrew Pierre Hart, Lubaina Himid, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Merlin James, Rachel Jones, Allison Katz, Matthew Krishanu, Graham Little, Oscar Murillo, Mohammed Sami, Samara Scott, Daniel Sinsel, Caragh Thuring, Sophie von Hellermann, Jonathan Wateridge, Rose Wylie, Issy Wood and Vivien Zhang.
Dates & times
£12, concessions available*
Free for members
* Excludes £3 booking fee.
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Pre-booking online is essential
You must book your tickets online in advance. 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.
Tickets admit you to both exhibitions, Matthew Barney: Redoubt and Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust.
If you don't receive your e-ticket
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If you are a Member or supporter, you must book your ticket online in advance by selecting the 'Members’ free ticket' option under the concessions tab. This can only be applied to one ticket. Any extra tickets will be priced at the standard rate unless another concession applies.
Dual Members must book their tickets separately.
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Lambeth resident tickets 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 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 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 are available Wednesday – Friday only, after 4pm. 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.
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.
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.
The cloakroom is closed in order to reduce face-to-face contact. 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.
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.
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.
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.