★★★★★ 'a mesmerising lifetime retrospective' The Observer
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.
11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed. Late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm.
Join our free under-30s scheme to get £10 tickets to Bridget Riley.
Get free entry to all exhibitions at Hayward Gallery and enjoy Members' private views.
This exhibition contains paintings with optical effects, please speak to one of our hosts if you require extra assistance.
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 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.
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: £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 email@example.com for more information.
'a shimmering, rolling, flickering spectacular'
The Guardian ★★★★★
Evening Standard ★★★★★
'optical tricks that inspire'
The i ★★★★★
'a mesmerising lifetime retrospective'
The Observer ★★★★★
'a beautiful show of stunning art by a vital figure in art history'
Time Out ★★★★
The exhibition is generously supported by Sotheby's, The Baring Foundation and the Bridget Riley Exhibition Supporters' Group: Ivor Braka, The Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation, Christian and Florence Levett, Liz and Luke Mayhew, Victor and Elena Pinchuk and Prowinko Pro Art.
With additional support from Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin | Paris | London, David Zwirner and Sprüth Magers.