Martin Creed: What's the Point of It?

From a simple spot of blu-tack to room-sized installations, this exhibition brings together the full range and scale of the artist's work.

Hayward Gallery provides the first comprehensive retrospective of Martin Creed's 25-year career, including some of his rarely-seen early pieces.

Creed, who is known for sequentially numbering his works, adopts a minimalistic approach that 'strips away the unnecessary', yet still manages to entertain and surprise.

For example, Work No. 319, a room half-filled with balloons, is both joyous and chaotic, while Work No. 1000 is a colourful series of 1000 prints that he made using broccoli. ​

Other creations range from an a piano lid that opens and closes automatically, 39 metronomes simultaneously ticking at different speeds and everyday objects collected into sequences and series.

Joining these are a selection of his most recent works, including a display of portrait paintings and his latest sculptural commissions.

Don't miss

To coincide with the retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre has commissioned Martin Creed to create a new work as part of the Pull Out All of The Stops Festival which celebrates the complete restoration and reinstallation of the Festival Hall organ.

Key performances include the premiere of his new organ commission, Face to Face with Bach, on 30 March and the performance of Creed's band and ballet Work No. 1020 on 8 April.

Venue details

Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX 020 7960 4200

Entry details

£5 with National Art Pass (£10.50 standard)

Closed until 2017

Book online via the Southbank Centre website

What the critics say


"Creed's new show at the Hayward in London is great – one of the best solo exhibitions I've seen in the gallery"


"Martin Creed's whimsical art treads the fine line between simple and smart with aplomb"