courses & workshops

Hayward Takeover: Bridget Riley

Part of Bridget Riley

Primary school classes are invited to explore Hayward Gallery through the eyes of their fellow students in a half-day of peer-led activities.

For each exhibition at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre works with schools to empower primary school children – our Arts Explorers – to explore the artworks on display and then design activities to share their knowledge with their peers.

In this Primary School Takeover, bring your students to learn about Bridget Riley’s large-scale, abstract and pattern-filled work from the Art Explorer pupils.

The exhibition looks closely at the origins of Riley’s perceptual paintings and traces pivotal, decisive moments in her acclaimed career.

It features the artist’s iconic black-and-white paintings of the 1960s, early representational paintings, expansive canvases in colour and recent wall paintings, as well as studies and preparatory material.

Alongside her best known canvases, the exhibition also includes the only three-dimensional work that the artist ever created, Continuum (1963), as well as new wall paintings made specially for Hayward Gallery.

Spanning 70 years of Riley’s work, the exhibition offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to experience powerful and engaging works by one of the most important artists of our time.

Dates & times

10 Dec 2019
Approximate run time: 240 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
    • Tue 10 December 2019
      • 10:30 am


Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2


Free, but ticketed

need to know

Age recommendation
Suitable for lower Key Stage 2 (years 3 & 4) only.

Please note, this event is not available to book online. To book, please contact our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 or email

Access information
If any of your students have access needs, please let us know when booking by calling our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 or emailing

Related events
This event is part of our Bridget Riley exhibition.
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