> Read Craig’s review of the Hayward Gallery Check out my London blog for a full review, with more photos
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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.
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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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).