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Installation view of Richard Wilson's 20:50 (1987) at Space Shifters, Hayward Gallery 2018. Photo: Mark Blower

Space Shifters

26 SEP 2018 – 6 JAN 2019

This major group exhibition brings together sculptures and installations that explore perception and space.

Featuring 20 artists and spanning a period of roughly 50 years, the exhibition includes innovative, minimalist sculpture from the 1960s as well as recent works that extend the legacy of this ‘optical’ minimalism in different ways. It also features new commissions that have been made in response to the architecture of the Hayward Gallery.

Many of the artworks in this exhibition are constructed from translucent materials such as glass, acrylic and polyester resins. Others involve the use of reflective materials, including stainless steel, polished bronze and, in one case, engine oil. Luscious and seductive – and often demonstrating huge technical accomplishment – these objects act as optical devices that enable us to see our surroundings in new and unexpected ways. In bringing together artworks that activate our perception of Hayward’s unique building, Space Shifters provides a dramatic and fitting conclusion to the gallery’s 50th anniversary year.

Featured Artists

Leonor Antunes, Larry Bell, Fred Eversley, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jeppe Hein, Roni Horn, Robert Irwin, Ann Veronica Janssens, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama, Alicja Kwade, John McCracken, Josiah McElheny, Helen Pashgian, Charlotte Posenenske, Fred Sandback, Monika Sosnowska, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, De Wain Valentine and Richard Wilson.

Illusion-inducing art to make you gasp... don’t miss this one ★★★★★
an eye-bending journey into the brightest recesses of minimalism ★★★★
art that may never lose its shine ★★★★

Hayward Gallery opening times

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

Important information

From Saturday 1 December Hayward Gallery is cash free. Visitors are able to buy tickets with cash from Ticket Office, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall.

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Installation view of Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, Blue 2016, at Space Shifters, Hayward Gallery 2018
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until 6 Jan 2019
Various times | until 6 Jan 2019
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Now until 6 JAN 2019: a major group exhibition bringing together sculptures and installations that explore perception and space
Now until 6 JAN 2019: a major group exhibition bringing together sculptures and installations that...


From Saturday 1 December Hayward Gallery is cash free. Visitors are able to buy tickets with cash from Ticket Office, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall.

Event information

The artworks in this exhibition are extremely fragile. Children must remain closely supervised at all times.

For Richard Wilson's 20:50, queue times of up to one hour are likely during busier periods.

Please note that Sky Mirror, Blue by Anish Kapoor is only visible during daylight hours.


To access the gallery, foyer, cafe and shop, use the JCB Glass Lift (Blue Side Foyers, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall) exit onto Riverside Terrace and use main entrance into Hayward Gallery. All floors are accessible from main foyer. Please use the main foyer lift to access the Gallery Cafe.

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We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs. Wheelchairs and gallery stools are available for visitors by visiting the Hayward Gallery cloakroom when you arrive (subject to availability).

Talk to a member of staff at the foyer entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra assistance. 

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Due to the nature of the Space Shifters exhibition, bags of 40 x 25 x 25 cm and over will not be allowed in the exhibition. A cloakroom is available in the Hayward Gallery foyer at a charge of £1 per item. Items left here are at the owner’s risk and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage from any cause to items left in the cloakroom. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Toilets are located in the foyer and inside the gallery. An accessible toilet and gender neutral inclusive toilets are located in the foyer.

​A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. For health and safety reasons we do not provide slings. Visitors are asked to bring their own which should be compatible with the loop system. The maximum weight for the hoist and the height adjustable bench is 200kg. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.


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 Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery).

The Hayward car park is now closed to cars. Alternative parking is available nearby at the National Theatre car park (330 metres) and APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges. Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). Just take your badge and car park ticket to Royal Festival Hall Ticket Office on Level 2, for validation before you leave.

Please note: on Sunday when the National Theatre building is closed there is no step-free access from the car park.

Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting Southbank Centre can also be found at the 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.

Step-free access maps for the best routes from the National Theatre and APCOA Cornwall Road car parks to Southbank Centre are available.

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Tours and Groups

Visit the exhibition in the company of special guests, the exhibition’s curatorial team and Hayward 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 27 September
Thomas Sutton, Curatorial Assistant, Hayward Gallery

Saturday 29 September
Dr Emma Richardson, Associate Professor of Materials, Department of the History of Art, University College London

Thursday 11 October 
Tarini Malik, Assistant Curator, Hayward Gallery

Thursday 18 October 
Dr Jo Applin, Reader in the History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Saturday 3 November
Dawna Schuld, Assistant Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art History, Texas A&M University

Saturday 24 November
Richard Battye, Associate at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and project architect for the Hayward Gallery restoration project

Thursday 6 December
Cliff Lauson, Senior Curator, Hayward Gallery

Thursday 13 December
Lucy Biddle, Exhibitions Interpretation Manager, Hayward Gallery

On all other Thursdays at 6.30pm and Saturdays at 2pm you can explore the exhibition accompanied by one of our Hayward tour guides.

School Groups

Teachers can book free or 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 exhibition 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.

Group Ticket Prices:
Adult groups: £12
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

To book a private tour or to make a group booking, call our group ticket line on 020 7960 4225 (Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm) or contact us via email at groups@southbankcentre.co.uk

works in focus


Find out more about Hayward Gallery’s new perception-altering exhibition
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Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work in this short video

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