Good for kids?★★★ Value for money?★★★ Worth a visit?★★★
The Hayward Gallery was designed by Hubert Bennett in 1968, and named after the leader of the GLC – Sir Isaac Hayward.
It is perhaps the grimmest of the Southbank Centre’s concrete catastrophes (one architect accused it of having a quite frightening ugliness), but don’t let the depressing shell keep you from the inside – where you’ll find major art exhibitions by the world’s leading artists.
Art exhibitions at the Hayward
The Hayward Gallery focuses mainly on contemporary British art, but has ever-changing exhibitions by international artists. They feature a wide range of paintings, sculpture and photography. Admissions rates vary, depending on what’s on.
glenking – “If you think the building looks good then you will probably think the art inside looks good too, but if you are a normal person who thinks that the building is about as good looking as a multi-storey car park, then give the stuff inside a miss and go to a proper gallery like the national instead because t is much better. The problem with this place is that the stuff they show is never as good as the tate modern, which gets all the good stuff, and they charge you to go in and see all the Decent exhibitions as well. I could just about stomach tracey emin if it was free, but when I have to pay through the nose to get in, when I know that a short walk along the river is the tate filled with top-quality modern art which I can go and see for free, in a building which is ten times better, then it is no contest.”
Morag Keil: Moarg Kiel An exhibition of work by Scottish artist Morag Keil using found materials and everyday objects in a series of installations
Craig’s review of Tate Modern I promised myself that I would come to the Tate Modern with an open mind, but I know I'm going to laugh at the modern art. It's so bad, it's good. So you might want to take this review with a pinch of salt if you're an art lover.
I do actually quite like art, believe it or not, but this isn't art to me. It's more like a song by someone who can't sing. It's a load of pictures by peo… continued
Craig’s review of Courtauld Gallery When people sit at home planning their itinerary they usually pencil in an hour or two for a gallery (they have to squeeze in a bit of culture), but it's usually the National or Tate Modern. That's enough art for most people. They don't want to overdose on it. But if you're seriously into paintings then here's a tip from me: the best ones to visit are the National Gallery, Courtauld… continued