Prince Charles famously lambasted Hayward's divisive brutalist architecture, though for many the building is an excellent example of 1960s design. Casual visitors can hang out in the industrial-look café downstairs (which becomes a bar at night), aptly called Concrete, or catch one of the leftfield events occasionally programmed in association with the temporary exhibitions. Free contemporary shows are curated in the Hayward Project Space (take the stairs to the first floor from the glass foyer extension) while the versatile main space programmes an excellent bill of major exhibitions.
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|Opening hours:||Mon noon-6pm; Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun 11am-7pm; Thu, Fri 11am-8pm|
|Price:||£11, £5-9 concs.|
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History is Now
Uncannily familiar and disconcertingly strange, this show is like a distorting fairground mirror held up to our fair isle. A bloody big mirror. One minute you’ll be shaking your fists at the sky (probably the bit of the sky that the business end of the...Wed April 1st 2015 - Sun April 26th 2015Read more
Sheila Hicks: Foray into Chromatic Zones
Malleable forms that compliment and animate architectural space is what Sheila Hicks is best known for. The American artist uses crafts-based materials in her pliable creations to challenge the distinctions between textiles and art. She will create a...Wed April 1st 2015 - Sun April 19th 2015 FreeRead more
Let’s give one almighty holler for the Hayward’s final exhibition before they close for two years of renovation work. The Belgian artist, whose background in biology has informed and inspired his practice that challenges our perceptive boundaries, will...Wed June 10th 2015 - Mon September 7th 2015Read more
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I would love to write a review for the Hayward. But, it was closed on Friday. Apparently for the installation of an exhibition due to open in over two weeks time. I really wish they had mentioned this on their website. However, with so many other galleries open in the area, it was not a major loss.
This was a mixed bag, but in the main pretty awesome. Some amazing pieces that reminded me of Chris Ware and some pretty talentless daubs. The Italian dude who had the ATE exhibitions were my favourite. Curator notes as always, bit desperate and at time stupid.