United Kingdom

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road

Phone: 020 7921 0813
Website: http://www.haywardgallery

Hayward Gallery

The Hayward Gallery is a purpose-built, modern art gallery, which opened in 1968. It is considered a classic example of 1960s ‘brutalist’ architecture. As one of the largest and most versatile temporary art exhibition spaces in Britain, it has proved remarkably adaptable for presenting a wide range of ground breaking exhibitions over three decades. Past exhibitions include Matisse (1968), Van Gogh (1969), Rodin (1970), Pissarro (1980), Picasso’s Picassos (1981), Renoir (1985), Leonardo da Vinci (1989), Toulouse-Lautrec (1992), Magritte (1992), Dalí (1994) and Pierre Bonnard (1994), Francis Bacon (1998), Spectacular Bodies (2000), Paul Klee (2002), Roy Lichtenstein (2004), Dan Flavin (2006).

As part of the Southbank Centre the Hayward Gallery provides a springboard for commissioning visual arts projects across the whole site. These Hayward Gallery projects include artist commissioned flags, fountains and Christmas lights.

Permanent Collection

Since 1987 the Hayward Gallery has administered the Arts Council Collection. The Arts Council Collection is the largest national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world. With over 7500 works of art spanning more than sixty years, the Collection can be seen in exhibitions and displays at home and abroad, as well as through long-term loans to public buildings across the UK. The Collection, which was formed in 1946, includes works by major British artists of the twentieth century and continues to acquire innovative and significant work by emerging artists today. Through its policy of adventurous and timely acquisitions, responding rapidly to developments in artistic practice, the Arts Council Collection is exemplary in its scope, vitality and eminence. It is based at the Hayward in London and at Longside, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. As a collection ‘without walls’, it has no permanent gallery; however, changing displays of sculpture, video and installations from the Arts Council Collection are regularly on view at Longside Gallery.
Works from the Collection can be viewed online at

Forthcoming exhibitions

Hayward Gallery
17 May - 19 August 2007
Antony Gormley is one of the pre-eminent British sculptors of his generation. For this important solo exhibition at the Hayward, his first major showing in a public gallery in London, Gormley will present a series of large-scale installations, including several newly commissioned works that dramatically engage with the gallery’s architecture. Addressing fundamental questions of the body and space, appearance and disappearance, transformation and transcendence, the exhibition also includes an ambitious new public project, Event Horizon, featuring some 30 sculptures sited on the rooftops of buildings across central London. Spreading outwards from the Hayward, the figures face back towards the gallery’s robust architecture, evoking feelings about self and survival in the city.

This exhibition is sponsored by Eversheds LLP.

Hayward Gallery
4 October - 30 December 2007
Curated by Hayward Gallery Director, Ralph Rugoff, the exhibition explores one of the most influential developments in the history of contemporary painting: the use and translation of photographic imagery. The first major museum survey of its kind, The Painting of Modern Life, charts the evolution of this ‘post-painting’ movement over the past 45 years, beginning with seminal photo-inspired works from the early 1960s by painters such as Gerhard Richter, Vija Celmins and Robert Bechtle and more recently Ebehard Havekost, Elizabeth Peyton and Wilhelm Sasnal. Spanning five decades, The Painting of Modern Life reveals the surprising stylistic diversity of the works as well as the great variety of subject matt...+ [ Read all ]


Ticket price varies per exhibition.

Opening hours

Open daily 10am-6pm:
Late nights Tuesday and Wednesday until 8pm, Friday until 9pm

Getting there

Nearest tube stations: Waterloo and Embankment.

Museum internal and external photos (4)

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News and events

Jubilee Gardens, South Bank Centre
9 January to 31 March 2007
The South Bank Centre will launch an ongoing series of commissioned artist designed flags in January 2007, part of a wider initiative to enliven the 21-acre site with temporary outdoor artworks. Yinka Shonibare is the first artist to be commissioned to create a flag that will fly from atop the 100ft flagpole at the edge of Jubilee Gardens facing across the Thames, towards the Houses of Parliament. The project provides a platform for international artists to reflect on ideas associated with flags, from patriotism and national identity to pageantry and celebration.

The Hayward Gallery has a unique national outreach through its programme of Hayward Gallery Touring exhibitions and the Arts Council Collection, both of which it manages on behalf of Arts Council England. Working in collaboration with regional venues, Hayward Gallery Touring is the UK’s most extensive and comprehensive touring exhibitions programme. Hayward Gallery Touring will continue its acclaimed programme this year with a series of new exhibitions and displays:

Tour begins Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
April 2007 onwards
Mind-Forg’d Manacles: William Blake and Slavery coincides with the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade, as well as the 250th anniversary of Blake’s birth. Slavery was a fundamental theme in William Blake’s art and writing. He was fervently opposed to it, and during his lifetime (1757-1827) saw successful campaigns against the Atlantic slave trade, leading to its abolition in...+ [ Read all ]