Hayward Gallery
Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Horizontal - Vaakasuora, 2011, at Among the Trees, Hayward Gallery, 2020. © Crystal Eye, Helsinki, 2020. Courtesy of Hayward Gallery. Photo Mark Blower

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Among the Trees

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 37 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, 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.

★★★★ beautiful, stirring forest of art at the Hayward Gallery
The Observer
★★★★ A Tree-mendous Exhibition
The Londonist
This smart, urgent show of contemporary art is full of startling and moving things, including a 4,000-year-old yew still standing in a British churchyard, and a baobab forest growing underground in South Africa. Visiting it is a humbling experience.
Telegraph
a thought-provoking exhibition that explores the role trees play in our lives
Woman & Home

Hayward Gallery opening times

The exhibition is open on Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm and Sunday, 10am – 6pm; and closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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Keeping you safe

Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. We’re following the official government guidance on working safely during coronavirus to make sure we’re Covid-secure.

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Pre-booking online is essential

You must book online before visiting – tickets are not available on the door. There’s no need to print your ticket — just show your phone to our hosts on entry.

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New opening times

We’re now open on Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm and Sunday, 10am – 6pm; and closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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 have booked, we’ll send you an e-ticket to show to our hosts when you enter the gallery. If you don’t receive an e-ticket, please check your spam folder for an email from noreply@southbankcentre.co.uk. If you don’t receive your e-ticket within a few hours of booking, please contact customer@southbankcentre.co.uk (open Monday to Friday).

There’s no need to print your e-ticket – just show your phone to our hosts on entry.

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Ticketing

Reciprocal tickets are available Wednesday – Friday only, after 4pm. Tickets must be booked in advance by emailing customer@southbankcentre.co.uk (open Monday to Friday), giving the date and time you would like to visit the gallery. Please remember to bring valid ID with you when you visit.

NHS workers can receive one free ticket. Tickets must be booked in advance by emailing customer@southbankcentre.co.uk, giving the date and time you would like to visit the gallery. Please remember to bring valid ID with you when you visit.

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.

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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.

Members

All members are entitled to one free ticket to the exhibition. Tickets must be booked in advance on our website by logging in as a Member and selecting the 'Members free ticket' option under the concessions tab. This can only be applied to one ticket. Any additional tickets will be priced at standard rate unless an additional concession applies.

Dual members must book their tickets separately.

Unable to attend

If you are unable to attend your booking please email customer@southbankcentre.co.uk (open Monday to Friday) before your time slot.

*Please, stay at home if you have symptoms of illness such as a cough, sore throat or fever or have been in contact in the past 14 days with someone who has coronavirus. You can email customer@southbankcentre.co.uk to refund or exchange your ticket before your time slot.

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If you are unable to book online, please email us on customer@southbankcentre.co.uk (open Monday to Friday).

When you arrive

Entrance to the exhibition is via the Hayward Gallery main entrance. We are 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, and our other buildings are still closed for now. 

Inside the Hayward Gallery 

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

Cloakroom
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. 

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

Cafe
The Hayward Gallery Cafe is closed, but some of the restaurants and cafes on our site are now open. 

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Access information

Large-print exhibition guide

A large-print exhibition guide is available to download 

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

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. 

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).

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Parking

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.

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

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

As we welcome you back, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff, so we’ve introduced a number of measures to help everyone stay safe.

Here's what you need to know before you visit.

Our measures

We’re following the official government guidance on working safely during coronavirus to make sure we’re Covid-secure.

Measures we’ve introduced so far include:

  • Reduced visitor numbers
  • Clear signage and one-way systems
  • Removal of seating and changes to access
  • Hand sanitiser stations
  • Regular and thorough cleaning
  • Going cash-free

We’ll continue to review and manage any risks and to respond to any changes in the guidance, keeping our staff trained and up to date as we go.

Reduced visitor numbers

We’re admitting fewer visitors than usual so that you can easily keep a safe distance from others and enjoy a crowd-free visit.

When you book, you’re given a time slot to make sure that we keep to a safe number of people within the gallery.

Keep others safe

You must wear a face covering during your visit, for your safety and the safety of other visitors and staff.

Please, stay at home if you have symptoms of illness such as a cough, sore throat or fever or have been in contact in the past 14 days with someone who has coronavirus. You can email customer@southbankcentre.co.uk (open Monday to Friday) to refund or exchange your ticket before your time slot.

During your visit

To keep yourself and others safe, please:

  • Follow our one-way system
  • Keep a safe distance from others
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided

Access information

You don't have to wear a face covering if there is a good reason why you can't do so.

For example:

  • children under the age of 11 do not have to wear a face covering
  • you don't have to wear a face covering if you can't put on, wear or remove it because of a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability
  • you don't have to wear a face covering if putting on, wearing or removing it will cause you severe distress
  • you don't have to wear a face covering if you are providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate

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