Hayward Gallery

Art, Performance art South Bank
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Hayward gallery entrance (Morley von Sternberg)
Morley von Sternberg
Hayward gallery architecture (Jonathan Perugia / Time Out)
Jonathan Perugia / Time Out
Hayward gallery architecture (Jonathan Perugia / Time Out)
Jonathan Perugia / Time Out
Hayward gallery at night (Sheila Burnett)
Sheila Burnett

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.

VIDEO: Inside the refurbished Hayward Gallery 


Venue name: Hayward Gallery
Address: Southbank Centre
Opening hours: Mon noon-6pm; Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun 11am-7pm; Thu, Fri 11am-8pm
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
Price: £11, £5-9 concs.
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  • Until Thursday February 7 2019
  • Wednesday February 13 2019 - Monday May 6 2019
  • Wednesday February 13 2019 - Monday May 6 2019
  • Wednesday June 12 2019 - Sunday September 8 2019
  • Wednesday October 23 2019 - Sunday January 26 2020

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3.5 / 5

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It's a great gallery but how wicked it is will really depend on what's showing at the time (stating the obvious perhaps). The Light Show last year was fantastic and I would have gone back a number of times, had I not left it till the end of the run to go. But there just isn't that much there at the Carsten Holler exhibition. The stand-out exhibits are the upside down glasses, tunnel entrance, and slide exit. It wasn't worth £15 each unfortunately and I felt like I had missed a room somewhere. 


located along the south bank, Waterloo. This exhibition is exactly what you would expect from a scientist – heavily interactive, quirky, Instagram friendly and occasionally thought provoking. 

Start by trying to find your way through a pitch black maze and end by sliding your way out of the building like a child if you’re too lazy to take the stairs. 

Probably the best and most creative gallery in London.

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.

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