Hayward Gallery
exhibition

Among the Trees

4 MAR – 17 MAY 2020

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.

Featured artists

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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Child writing at workshop at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
4 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
Various times | 4 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
art & exhibitions
family & young people
Pick up your activity sheet from Hayward Gallery and set off on a leafy adventure
Pick up your activity sheet from Hayward Gallery and set off on a leafy adventure
Jennifer Steinkamp, Blind Eye, 1, 2018. © courtesy the artist 2020.
Various times
4 Mar 2020 - 17 May 2020
Various times | 4 Mar 2020 - 17 May 2020
art & exhibitions
An exhibition of work by 38 international artists celebrates trees and forests
An exhibition of work by 38 international artists celebrates trees and forests
Abel RodrÍguez, Terraza Alta II, 2018. Acrylic and ink on paper.70 x 100 cm. © the artist and Instituto de Vision 2020. Courtesy the artist and Instituto de Visión
7:00 pm
Mon 23 Mar 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 23 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
Get inspired by our exhibition Among the Trees in a six-week poetry course led by Jacqueline Saphra
Get inspired by our exhibition Among the Trees in a six-week poetry course led by Jacqueline Saphra

Free

Free

Various times
8 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020
Various times | 8 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020
family & young people
Turn your thumbs green at a gardening workshop for the whole family
Turn your thumbs green at a gardening workshop for the whole family
Child on Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

Free

Free

Various times
9 Apr 2020 - 16 Apr 2020
Various times | 9 Apr 2020 - 16 Apr 2020
family & young people
Seashells, stones, flotsam and jetsam: objects from the beach make a jingly-jangly mobile in our workshop
Seashells, stones, flotsam and jetsam: objects from the beach make a jingly-jangly mobile in our...
Children on Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden

Free

Free

Various times
10 Apr 2020 - 15 Apr 2020
Various times | 10 Apr 2020 - 15 Apr 2020
family & young people
Make, shape, design and create your own plant pot out of clay in in a free family workshop
Make, shape, design and create your own plant pot out of clay in in a free family workshop

Free

Free

Various times
11 Apr 2020 - 14 Apr 2020
Various times | 11 Apr 2020 - 14 Apr 2020
family & young people
Light up your life at a colourful lantern-making workshop for ages five and over
Light up your life at a colourful lantern-making workshop for ages five and over
L Kiew, poet
Various times
Wed 22 Apr 2020
Various times | Wed 22 Apr 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Ten poets come together in Hayward Gallery to present poems in response to our exhibition Among the Trees
Ten poets come together in Hayward Gallery to present poems in response to our exhibition Among the...
Rodney Graham, Gary Oak, Galiano Island, 2012. © the artist 2020. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Sun 26 Apr 2020
4:00 pm | Sun 26 Apr 2020
art & exhibitions
accessible events
Experienced tour guide Martin Glover delivers a BSL tour of Among the Trees
Experienced tour guide Martin Glover delivers a BSL tour of Among the Trees
7:00 pm
Mon 27 Apr 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 27 Apr 2020
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Artist Mariele Neudecker discusses her submerged forests and landscapes with Pontus Kyander
Artist Mariele Neudecker discusses her submerged forests and landscapes with Pontus Kyander
Rachel Sussman, Spruce Gran Picea # 0909 - 11A07 (9,550 years old; Sweden), 2009. Archival print, 111.8 x 137.2 cm. © the artist 2020. Courtesy the artist
7:00 pm
Wed 06 May 2020
7:00 pm | Wed 06 May 2020
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Find out about some of the world’s oldest forms of life from artist Rachel Sussman
Find out about some of the world’s oldest forms of life from artist Rachel Sussman
Johanna Calle, Perímetros (Nogal Andino), 2012. © Archivos Pérez & Calle 2020. Courtesy Archivos Pérez & Calle. Photo: J.P. Gutiérrez
7:00 pm
Wed 13 May 2020
7:00 pm | Wed 13 May 2020
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Join us for a talk with Johanna Calle and Ros Gray on environmental politics and social justice
Join us for a talk with Johanna Calle and Ros Gray on environmental politics and social justice
A view of trees near Hayward Gallery
12:00 pm
Sat 16 May 2020
12:00 pm | Sat 16 May 2020
Discover fascinating stories behind urban trees on this leafy walking tour with writer Paul Wood
Discover fascinating stories behind urban trees on this leafy walking tour with writer Paul Wood

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Tours

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.

School Groups

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).

Private Guided Tours

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.

Group Bookings

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)

To book a private tour or to make a group booking, call our group ticket line on 020 3879 9555 or email groups@southbankcentre.co.uk for more information.

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