Hayward Gallery: back in business

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 09:28

Good news for art lovers as, at last, the long wait is over. After two years of painstaking restoration and refurbishment, our iconic Hayward Gallery has now opened its doors once again, ready for another fifty years of pioneering art and exhibitions.

On Thursday 25 January the gallery reopened after undergoing a significant makeover; the focus of which was the restoration of the 66 glass pyramid rooflights. This aspect of the refurbishment alone has dramatically transformed the feel of the building, letting controlled natural light into the upper galleries for the first time.

Hayward Gallery - May 2017

But we didn't stop there. With the venue closed we took the opportunity to bring this celebrated brutalist building into the twenty-first century, without compromising its original aesthetic. We replaced the stone floors of the gallery, repaved the iconic sculpture terraces, and introduced new climate control, and other essential building services, to ensure we can continue to bring you a programme of world-class exhibitions.

And the first of those exhibitions to take place in the revitalised spaces of Hayward Gallery is a retrospective of the incredible work of photographer Andreas Gursky.

I’m thrilled that we've reopened the Hayward Gallery with an exhibition by an artist who has created some of the most visually compelling images of his generation – work that has changed not only the vocabulary of photography, but of picture-making in general
Ralph Rugoff, Hayward Gallery Director

This fantastic refurbishment was made possible through the generous support of Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, trusts and foundations and over 50,000 individuals and Southbank Centre friends supporting our Let The Light In fundraising campaign. We are hugely grateful to all who have supported and enabled this valuable project.

Hayward Gallery's return begins with the first major retrospective of the work of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky, which runs until 22 April 2018.

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You can continue to support our campaign to Let The Light In to Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, which are also undergoing refurbishment, and will reopen later this year.

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