Hayward Gallery

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.


Permanent collections

The Hayward does not display a permanent collection, instead hosting a selection of rotating contemporary art exhibitions throughout the year. 

Visitor information

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.

Download or stream our free audio guide to the Hayward Gallery, provided by VocalEyes, a nationwide audio description charity that provides access to the arts for blind and partially sighted people.

Hayward Gallery audio guide – Museum of the Year by Art Fund


Venue details

Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX 0844 847 9910 www.southbankcentre.co.uk/hayward

Entry details

Free entry to all
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

Mon, 12noon – 6pm
Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun, 10am – 6pm
Thu, Fri, 10am – 8pm

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