Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery (including the gallery shop) closed on 21 September 2015 for two years of essential repair and maintenance so that the buildings are fit for future generations to enjoy.
We continue to present a packed programme of festivals and shows across our site while these buildings are closed.
During this time, Southbank Centre’s classical programme continues at Royal Festival Hall with chamber performances taking place at St John’s Smith Square.
Hayward Gallery will focus on its extensive touring programme until the buildings reopen in 2017.
'One of London’s most important spaces for displaying contemporary art, The Hayward is housed in an austere 1968 building that is both equally loved and derided by the majority of Londoners. Whichever camp you fall into, you’ll agree that it makes an excellent hanging space for the blockbuster exhibitions it puts on.’ (Lonely Planet)
The Hayward was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1968. It is an outstanding example of sixties brutalist architecture and is one of the few remaining buildings of this style. It was designed by a group of young architects, including Dennis Crompton, Warren Chalk and Ron Herron. The Hayward is named after the late Sir Isaac Hayward, the former leader of the London County Council.
The Hayward is the heart of the visual arts at Southbank Centre. In addition to putting on major exhibitions and commissioning new artworks in the gallery, The Hayward also organises projects, installations and talks across the site.