Hayward Gallery
exhibition

Bridget Riley

23 OCT 2019 – 26 JAN 2020

Hayward Gallery presents a major retrospective exhibition devoted to the work of celebrated British artist Bridget Riley.

Developed in close collaboration with the artist herself – and in partnership with National Galleries of Scotland – it is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of her work to date.

Tracing both the origins and the evolving nature of Riley’s innovative practice, the exhibition brings together the artist’s iconic black-and-white paintings of the 1960s, expansive canvases in colour, early figurative works and recent wall paintings.

Alongside Riley’s best known canvases, the exhibition will also include rarely-seen drawings, studies and preparatory materials that offer an insight into the artist’s working methods from 1947 to the present day, as well as Continuum (1963/2005), the only three-dimensional work that the artist ever realised. 

Spanning 70 years of Riley’s work, this exhibition offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to experience powerful and engaging works by one of the most important artists of our time.

This exhibition is organised by the National Galleries of Scotland in partnership with the Hayward Gallery.

a scintillating retrospective of one of Britain’s greatest-ever artists
The Guardian

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11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed. Late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm.

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Bridget Riley, High Sky (detail), 1991. Oil on canvas. 165 x 227 cm. © Bridget Riley 2018. All rights reserved.
Various times
23 Oct 2019 - 26 Jan 2020
Various times | 23 Oct 2019 - 26 Jan 2020
art & exhibitions
A major retrospective exhibition spanning 70 years of this celebrated British artist’s work
A major retrospective exhibition spanning 70 years of this celebrated British artist’s work
View of a Bridget Riley poster outside Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

Various times
23 Oct 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
Various times | 23 Oct 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
Celebrate the work of the iconic British artist away from the crowds at a Members’ Private View
Celebrate the work of the iconic British artist away from the crowds at a Members’ Private View
Secondary School discussing a painting in the Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 31 Oct 2019
5:00 pm | Thu 31 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
Teachers new to Hayward Gallery are invited to an evening exploring the artist’s major retrospective
Teachers new to Hayward Gallery are invited to an evening exploring the artist’s major...

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Tue 05 Nov 2019
1:30 pm | Tue 05 Nov 2019
courses & workshops
Expand your creativity on a nine-week film-making programme for people with dementia
Expand your creativity on a nine-week film-making programme for people with dementia
Rachel Long
7:00 pm
Mon 11 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 11 Nov 2019
courses & workshops
In a five-week poetry course inspired by Bridget Riley, explore colour, movement and light in language
In a five-week poetry course inspired by Bridget Riley, explore colour, movement and light in...
Emyr Williams, artist/writer
7:00 pm
Mon 18 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 18 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
courses & workshops
Communicate with colour through paint and collage in a four-week course inspired by Bridget Riley
Communicate with colour through paint and collage in a four-week course inspired by Bridget Riley
Bridget Riley, Paean (detail), 1973. Acrylic on canvas. 290.2 x 287.3 cm. © Bridget Riley 2019. All rights reserved.
7:00 pm
Wed 27 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 27 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Join a diverse range of speakers for a discussion on abstraction in contemporary art
Join a diverse range of speakers for a discussion on abstraction in contemporary art
Cataract 3, 1967. PVA on canvas. 221.9 x 222.9 cm. Copyright Bridget Riley 2019. All rights reserved.
7:30 pm
Thu 05 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The composer responds to a major visual art retrospective, with the London Sinfonietta
The composer responds to a major visual art retrospective, with the London Sinfonietta
Drumming with Colin Currie Group
Various times
6 Dec 2019 - 7 Dec 2019
Various times | 6 Dec 2019 - 7 Dec 2019
art & exhibitions
classical music
Encounter the hypnotic rhythms of Steve Reich’s drumming amid a major Bridget Riley retrospective
Encounter the hypnotic rhythms of Steve Reich’s drumming amid a major Bridget Riley retrospective
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Schools takeover at Gursky exhibition at the Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

10:30 am
Tue 10 Dec 2019
10:30 am | Tue 10 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
Primary schools explore Hayward Gallery through the eyes of their fellow students in peer-led activities
Primary schools explore Hayward Gallery through the eyes of their fellow students in peer-led...

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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.

Thursday 31 October
Kassia St Clair, author of The Secret Lives of Colour
 
Thursday 7 November
Sophie Oxenbridge, Assistant Curator, Hayward Gallery
 
Saturday 16 November
Karen Serres, Curator of Paintings, Courtauld Gallery
 
Thursday 5 December
Frances Spalding, writer and art historian
 
Saturday 7 December
Dr Cliff Lauson, Senior Curator, Hayward Gallery
  
Thursday 12 December
Ralph Rugoff, Hayward Gallery Director
 
Sunday 15 December
British Sign Language tour delivered by Martin Glover
Please note that this tour takes place at 4pm.
 
Thursday 19 December
Lucy Biddle, Exhibitions Interpretation Manager, Hayward Gallery
 
Thursday 16 January
Alyssa Bacon, Curatorial Assistant, Hayward Gallery 

Every Sunday at 2pm
Catch one of our Spotlight Talks, a free 10-minute talk by one of our Hayward Gallery hosts, focusing on a single artwork.


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: £16.50 peak (Fri – Sun) or £14.50 off-peak (Mon – Thu)
Secondary school, college and university groups: £5 per student (free tutor tickets when bringing a group of 10+ students)
Primary schools ages 4 – 11: free
Lambeth & Southwark schools ages 4 –16: free
 
To book a private tour or to make a group booking, call our group ticket line on 020 3879 9555 (open on Mon – Sat at 10am – 6pm and Sun at 12 noon – 6pm) or email groups@southbankcentre.co.uk for more information.

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The exhibition is generously supported by Ivor Braka, Christian and Florence Levett, Liz and Luke Mayhew, David Zwirner and ProWinko ProArt.

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