By turns poetic, adventurous and thought-provoking, this group exhibition explores our relationship with trees and forests.
Among the Trees transports us around the world – from Colombian rainforests and remote Japanese islands to olive orchards in Israel and a 9,550-year-old spruce in Sweden.
By drawing attention to the beauty, scale and complexity of trees and forests, the 38 artists in this exhibition turn our vision of the natural world on its head, inviting us to see it with new eyes.
Whether exploring the way that trees – with lifespans much longer than our own – challenge how we think about time, or revealing how they are intimately entangled with human affairs, these artists enliven and expand our appreciation of these remarkable organisms.
Alongside sculptures and installations, drawings, paintings and photographs, there are artworks that celebrate the soaring scale of trees. These include a monumental sculpture cast from a 2,000-year-old olive tree by Ugo Rondinone; a cinematic portrait of a 30-metre-high spruce tree by Eija-Liisa Ahtila; and a vast forest of trees constructed entirely from cardboard by Eva Jospin.
At a time when the destruction of the world’s forests is accelerating at a record pace, Among the Trees vividly highlights the indispensable role that trees play in our lives and imaginations.
Robert Adams, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Yto Barrada, Johanna Calle, Gillian Carnegie, Tacita Dean, Peter Doig, Jimmie Durham, Kirsten Everberg, Anya Gallaccio, Simryn Gill, Rodney Graham, Shi Guowei, Hugh Hayden, Eva Jospin, Kazuo Kadonaga, William Kentridge, Toba Khedoori, Luisa Lambri, Myoung Ho Lee, Zoe Leonard, Robert Longo, Sally Mann, Steve McQueen, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Mariele Neudecker, Virginia Overton, Roxy Paine, Giuseppe Penone, Abel Rodríguez, Ugo Rondinone, George Shaw, Robert Smithson, Jennifer Steinkamp, Thomas Struth, Rachel Sussman, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Jeff Wall.
The exhibition is kindly supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
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Get free entry to all exhibitions at Hayward Gallery and enjoy Members' private views.
Visit the exhibition in the company of special guests, the exhibition’s curatorial team and our Hayward Gallery tour guides. Tours take place weekly, on Thursdays at 6.30pm and Saturdays at 2pm, and take approximately 45 minutes.
Free with same-day exhibition ticket.
Saturday 14 March
Holly Corfield Carr, writer and researcher
Thursday 26 March
Fiona Stafford, Professor of English at Oxford University, author of The Long, Long Life of Trees
Thursday 2 April
Phoebe Cripps, Assistant Curator, Hayward Gallery
Thursday 16 April
Marina Warner, writer and cultural historian
Saturday 25 April
Paul Wood, author of London is a Forest and London’s Street Trees
Sunday 26 April
British Sign Language tour delivered by Martin Glover
Please note that this tour takes place at 4pm
Thursday 30 April
Lisa Le Feuvre, Executive Director of Holt/Smithson Foundation
Thursday 7 May
Lucy Biddle, Exhibitions Interpretation Manager, Hayward Gallery
Thursday 14 May
Marie-Charlotte Carrier, Curatorial Assistant, Hayward Gallery
On all other Thursdays and Saturdays you can explore Among the Trees accompanied by one of our Hayward Gallery tour guides. And every Wednesday at 2pm you can catch one of our Spotlight Talks, a free 10-minute talk by one of our Hayward Gallery hosts, focusing on a single artwork.
Teachers can book discounted tickets (call our group ticket line for prices) for a group of up to 30 pupils to visit Hayward Gallery and experience the exhibition on weekdays during exhibition hours (closed Tuesdays).
Looking for a VIP exhibition experience for your group? Private guided tours are available with our experienced Hayward Gallery tour guides. These one-hour tours are available for groups of up to 20 people anytime the gallery is open to the public, and are £100 per group in addition to group exhibition entry.
Groups of ten people or more can get discounted entry prices for weekday visits when tickets are booked and paid for in advance.
Adult groups: £10
Secondary School, College and University Groups: £5.00 per student (Free tutor tickets when bringing a group of 10+ students) Primary schools ages 4 – 11: Free (Free tutor tickets when bringing a group)
Lambeth & Southwark Schools ages 4 –16: Free (Free tutor tickets when bringing a group)
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