art & exhibitions

From internationally acclaimed artists at Hayward Gallery to pop-up installations, showcases and immersive experiences, an engaging and inspiring array of art and exhibitions can be found across Southbank Centre.

current & forthcoming exhibitions

People throughout history, in times of great crisis, have turned to the arts to give them solace and to give them companionship
Tracey Emin, artist, speaking at Southbank Centre

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

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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
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

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
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
My Dirty Secret

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
Get your fill of filth at an experiential project inspired by the artist's battle with the housework
Get your fill of filth at an experiential project inspired by the artist's battle with the...
Unlimited: My Life in London

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
See London through fresh eyes at an exhibition of work by artists Thompson Hall and Ian Wornast
See London through fresh eyes at an exhibition of work by artists Thompson Hall and Ian Wornast
Unlimited: Voice of the Unicorn

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
Enter a serene space created by a multi-screen installation featuring artefacts and sound
Enter a serene space created by a multi-screen installation featuring artefacts and sound
A Crash Course in Cloudspotting

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
Take the time to pause, listen and rest in an audio-visual ode to invisible disability
Take the time to pause, listen and rest in an audio-visual ode to invisible disability
Unlimited: How do they know it's you?

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sat 08 Sep 2018
11:00 am | Sat 08 Sep 2018
Art
Peel back layers of your identity in a self-portrait collage workshop
Peel back layers of your identity in a self-portrait collage workshop

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Tue 18 Sep 2018
2:00 pm | Tue 18 Sep 2018
Art
Attend the launch of our exhibition of art by offenders, secure patients and detainees from the 2018 Koestler Awards
Attend the launch of our exhibition of art by offenders, secure patients and detainees from the 2018...
HM  Young  Offenders  Institution  Cookham  Wood,  acrylic  on  canvas

Free

Free

Various times
19 Sep 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
Various times | 19 Sep 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Art by offenders, secure patients and detainees from the 2018 Koestler Awards
Art by offenders, secure patients and detainees from the 2018 Koestler Awards
Larry Bell, Standing Walls, 1969/2016.
Various times
26 Sep 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Various times | 26 Sep 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Art
Artists & Thinkers
View artwork by over 20 international artists on the theme of space disruption
View artwork by over 20 international artists on the theme of space disruption
 Yayoi Kusama Narcissus Garden, stainless sleet spheres
7:00 pm
Wed 26 Sep 2018
7:00 pm | Wed 26 Sep 2018
Art
Artists & Thinkers
Meet the artists behind Space Shifters at a panel celebrating the opening of the exhibition
Meet the artists behind Space Shifters at a panel celebrating the opening of the exhibition
Five participants of the Cloud Video Installation

Free

Free

Various times
4 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Various times | 4 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Art
Fifty young Londoners share their visions of the future in this video installation
Fifty young Londoners share their visions of the future in this video installation
Model wearing costume in the clouds

Free

Free

Various times
2 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Various times | 2 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
Art
Survey fantastical new costumes from designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Survey fantastical new costumes from designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Art
Is having breakfast a habit? If you're a dancer, what about dancing?
Is having breakfast a habit? If you're a dancer, what about dancing?
Cloud Family Workshops, model

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Art
Learn more about upcycling to create new fashion in events inspired by Tim Yip's eco-friendly design
Learn more about upcycling to create new fashion in events inspired by Tim Yip's eco-friendly...
Cloud Show, model

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
6:30 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Art
Academy Award winning designer Tim Yip presents 30 spectacular costumes inspired by global diversity
Academy Award winning designer Tim Yip presents 30 spectacular costumes inspired by global diversity

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Fri 12 Oct 2018
4:30 pm | Fri 12 Oct 2018
Art
Teachers are invited to a free evening exploring our new Hayward Gallery exhibition
Teachers are invited to a free evening exploring our new Hayward Gallery exhibition
W.S. Graham photo with a painted face on the wall

Free

Free

7:30 pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 19 Oct 2018
Art
Literature
Hear contemporary responses to poet WS Graham at the launch of an exhibition on his work
Hear contemporary responses to poet WS Graham at the launch of an exhibition on his work

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A discussion on approaches to drag, from Hayward Gallery Senior Curator Vincent Honoré
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Three anti-apartheid activists, Chitra Karve, Lela Kogbara and Brian Filling recount the time they met Nelson Mandela

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