Hayward Gallery

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Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
SE1 8XX London
Venue Type: Museum

Open hours
Sun-Mon, Wed, Fri-Sat 11-7; Thu 11-9
44 20 7960 5226
Gallery type

Hayward Gallery is a world-renowned contemporary art gallery and a landmark of Brutalist architecture.

The exhibition programme focuses on presenting a wide range of adventurous and influential artists from across the world, while its rich history includes exhibitions by modern pioneers such as Paul Klee, Lucio Fontana, Francis Bacon, Bridget Riley, and Anthony Caro.

Refurbishment project

Since September 2015, Hayward Gallery has been closed for essential repairs and refurbishment, including the replacement of the Brutalist building’s 66 iconic pyramid rooflights. When we reopen on 25 January 2018 the upper galleries will be flooded with daylight.

The project has been made possible through the generous support of Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, trusts and foundations and over 50,000 individuals and Southbank Centre friends supporting our Let The Light In fundraising campaign.


'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.

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