The Hayward Gallery is a major exhibition venue focusing on contemporary art. It presents “a wide range of adventurous and influential artists from across the world.”
As part of the Southbank Centre, the Hayward Gallery is part of the United Kingdom's largest arts center. This complex of buildings, which includes the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall/Purcell Room as well as the Hayward, sits on a 17 acre site on the south bank of the Thames River. It is very close to the London Eye and not far from the Tate Modern.
The building occupied by the Hayward is made of steel and concrete in the Brutalist style of architecture. It was designed by a group of architects including Dennis Crompton, Warren Chalk and Ron Herron and was constructed by the firm of Higgs and Hall.
The Hayward Gallery was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in July 1968. An extensive refurbishment was carried out between 2015 and 2018.
It has two levels of exhibition space. Natural light from a series of glass pyramids on the roof can be used to illuminate the upper level. There is also a “project room” for smaller exhibitions and installations. The Hayward has a bookshop and cafe.
There is no premanent collection. Rather, the Hayward Gallery presents three or four major temporary exhibitions ech year. These can focus on the work of a single artist or can include works by several artists relating to a specific theme or concept.
For information on visiting, see the Hayward Gallery's website.
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The Courtlauld Gallery
The Guildhall Art Gallery
The Mall Galleries
The National Gallery
The Queen's Gallery
The Tate Britain
The Tate Modern
The Wallace Collection
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