Hayward Gallery

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Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SouthbankSE1 8XX
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Opening times and price

Opening hours:
The gallery is currently closed for refurbishment, and is not expected to re-open again until late-2017
Visiting hours are subject to change
Time required:
A typical visit to Hayward Gallery lasts 45-60 mins (approx)

Getting to Hayward Gallery

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Important note – Hayward Gallery closed in September 2015 for repairs and refurbishment. It will re-open again sometime in 2017.

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.

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  • 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 char… more”

If you enjoy this then try: Institute of Contemporary Arts (walk it in 14 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Institute of Contemporary Arts); Saatchi Gallery (catch the tube from Waterloo to Saatchi Gallery); Serpentine Gallery (catch the tube from Waterloo to Serpentine Gallery) and Tate Modern (walk it in 14 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Tate Modern).

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