Hayward Gallery to reopen on 1 August offering free tickets for NHS staff


The Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre will reopen on 1 August.

The gallery will be open five days a week (11am-7pm Wednesday until Saturday, and 10am-6pm on Sunday) with free entry for NHS workers and tickets priced at £5 for Lambeth residents and those under 30.

In line with government guidelines and best practice shared from colleagues at galleries and museums across the UK and Europe, the Hayward Gallery will reopen with fully assessed and implemented health and safety measures in place.

This includes operating at a reduced capacity with timed entry slots, only accepting tickets that have been pre-booked online, a one-way system from entry to exit, physical distancing measures throughout the building, enhanced and regular cleaning procedures and hand sanitiser stations for visitors and staff.

The Hayward Gallery strongly encourages visitors to wear their own face coverings.

Covid-secure health and safety measures can be found on the Southbank Centre’s website and these may be subject to change in line with the latest government advice.

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Among the Trees at Hayward Gallery. Photos by Linda Nylind.

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Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery, said: “Nature has played a large part in our lives throughout the pandemic, and I am delighted that the public will once again have the opportunity to see this exhibition of inspiring works by 37 artists, all of which invite us to think about the inspiring roles that trees and forests play in our lives and imaginations.

“Our staff have worked hard to ensure that reopening the Hayward Gallery is first and foremost safe, but also that viewing the works remains a deeply engaging and delightful experience.

“Both art and nature can play a vital role in our sense of well-being, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the public back into the Gallery.”

The Hayward Gallery Shop will be open, the Hayward Gallery Cafe will remain closed, however several restaurants, shops and cafes across the Southbank Centre site are open.

All visitors must book online before visiting; NHS workers, Southbank Centre Members and Supporters go free, Lambeth residents and under 30’s are eligible for £5 tickets but online advance booking is essential.

All tickets are digital and can be shown on a mobile device upon entry, alternatively they can be printed in advance by visitors at home. To reduce contact, the Hayward Gallery Ticket Office and Cloakroom remain closed.

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