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Founded in 1968, the gallery is an independent, pioneering and influential force in the visual arts both nationally and internationally.
Located within one of the finest examples of Brutalist architecture, the Hayward Gallery has become known for its programme of groundbreaking contemporary exhibitions. Its shows have an enquiring and critical edge, spanning history, cultures, artistic disciplines and media.
While it is based in London's Southbank Centre, the gallery also runs Hayward Touring, which brings contemporary art to all corners of the UK.
The Hayward Gallery was one of the finalists for Museum of the Year 2014. To find out more about why it made the short list, watch our video.
The Hayward does not display a permanent collection, instead hosting a selection of rotating contemporary art exhibitions throughout the year.
The Southbank Centre is host to a number of restaurants and café, including Skylon, the Riverside Terrace Café, the Central Bar and the Canteen. The gallery shop offers a range of art-related items, and the branch of Foyles nearby provides a wide selection of art books.