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Open daily 10am - 6pm
The Southbank Centre is part of the large arts complex on the South bank of the river Thames, and within it you will find the Hayward Gallery. In amongst the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre and the British Film Institute, the Hayward Gallery is home to three or four major temporary exhibitions each year.
Built in 1968, the Hayward Gallery provides the visual arts component of the Southbank Centre, and it complements the cinemas, theatres, and concert halls all around, reinforcing the importance of this small section of the cultural life of the whole country. The gallery is named after Sir Isaac Hayward, who used to lead the London County Council (which later became the GLC), and is one of the few remaining examples of outstanding brutalist architecture.
The Southbank Centre as a whole is easy to get to, but sometimes not quite as easy to navigate your way around. It is just a short walk from Waterloo station to the South bank, just be careful when going through the underpass with the IMAX cinema, as this can be slightly tricky to find the right exit from. You could also come into London Bridge station and walk along the south bank of the river from Southwark, which takes you past the Globe Theatre. Southwark tube is quite near, and there are river boats which can drop you at Festival Pier. You can also walk across from stations north of the river like Charing Cross or Covent Garden.
When you are at the Southbank Centre, in order to find the Hayward Gallery leave the river and go down the side of Queen Elizabeth Hall when you are opposite the entrance to Festival Pier. The Hayward Gallery is on the Southbank Central Square, and abuts Waterloo Bridge on the other side.
The Hayward Gallery does not have a permanent collection, but instead holds three or four major temporary exhibitions every year. In addition, the Hayward organises talks and events on a regular basis. To find out what is currently at the gallery, you should check the website, as it changes on a fairly regular basis. The Hayward Gallery Project Space is open to the public for free, and gives the opportunity to see a regularly-changing programme of single installations and smaller exhibitions.
For children, the Waterloo Sunset Gallery screens cartoons and short films on six touch-sensitive screens. It acts as a drop-in centre for children and a social space for older people. There is also the Hayward Gallery Library, which is a reference library which reflects the research of the exhibition curators. It is open to the public, but by appointment only. Wheelchair access is available at the Hayward.
The Hayward Gallery is home to some of the countrys most important exhibitions, and is at the centre of a hub of creative life in Britain. Both in the role it plays in the Southbank Centre, and in its own right as a gallery which puts on major exhibitions, the Hayward is an significant and accessible gallery.
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