Highlights for 2018

Southbank Centre announces 2018 visual art highlights and Hayward Gallery’s partnership with Art Night


Highlights for 2018, announced today by Southbank Centre, for the Hayward Gallery, Hayward Gallery Touring and Arts Council Collection, include the first partnership with Art Night 2018, a new David Batchelor installation, iconic immersive work by Lee Bul and the first UK retrospective of Andreas Gursky.

  • David Batchelor’s new installation will illuminate Hayward Gallery’s iconic newly-refurbished roof lights from 22 November 2017
  • The Andreas Gursky retrospective will be the first exhibition to take place at Hayward Gallery since its two-year refurbishment, opening on 25 January 2018
  • A newly announced mid-career survey by acclaimed South Korean artist Lee Bul will open in May 2018 at Hayward Gallery spanning her iconic early work, immersive architectural installations, and new site-specific commissions
  • Hayward Gallery will partner with Art Night 2018 to present an ambitious 24-hour programme of art events and new commissions on 7 July 2018 at Hayward Gallery, and in other venues across London
  • Hayward Gallery Touring launches a new exhibition Hand Drawn, Action Packed in September 2018, featuring ten major international artists exploring the infinite narrative possibilities of drawing
  • In 2018, the Arts Council Collection will present three new touring exhibitions: On Paper which will celebrate the physical properties of this commonplace medium; In My Shoes, which will explore the ways UK artists have represented themselves since the 1990s; and Criminal Ornamentation curated by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE

Counting down to the reopening of Hayward Gallery in January 2018, a major new commission by artist David Batchelor will be unveiled on 22 November. Sixty Minute Spectrum (2017) will transform London’s skyline and celebrate the Gallery’s newly-restored iconic pyramid roof lights, originally designed by Sir Henry Moore, flooding them with dramatic colour that moves gradually through the visible chromatic spectrum – from red to violet – every sixty minutes.

Marking the beginning of Hayward Gallery’s 50th anniversary year, Andreas Gursky will be the first exhibition to take place in the iconic 1950s building following its two-year restoration, enabling natural light to flood into the Upper Galleries through its restored roof for the first time.The retrospective will span the German photographer’s entire career, from his iconic works of the 1980s through to five new works created for the occasion.

The second major exhibition to be presented in the refurbished Gallery is a mid-career survey of one of South Korea’s most acclaimed artists, Lee Bul, opening on 30 May 2018. The exhibition includes major new site-specific work alongside the artist’s renowned sculptures and immersive installations. It shines a light on the South Korean historical, political and sociological context in which the works were produced, and celebrates Hayward Gallery’s Brutalist architecture through a series of major new commissions, one of which will partially envelop the exterior of the Gallery.

In July 2018, Hayward Gallery celebrates its 50th anniversary through a series of events and programming which will be revealed in the new year. During this time, Hayward Gallery will partner with Unlimited Productions to present Art Night, a 24-hour series of contemporary art events and new commissions taking place on 7 July 2018 across historic sites, iconic landmarks, and secret venues between Southbank Centre, Nine Elms and Battersea. Curated by Ralph Rugoff and his team, Art Night 2018 will present work at Hayward Gallery and at a range of exceptional sites including Battersea Power Station and New Covent Garden Market.

In 2018 Hayward Gallery Touring presents a new touring exhibition Hand Drawn, Action Packed which will bring together ten major international artists whose practice uses drawing to explore the infinite possibilities of the medium for narrative invention. Opening at St Albans Museum + Gallery before touring throughout the UK, artists featured in the exhibition include Marcel Dzama, Marcel van Eeden, Inci Eviner, Yun Fei Ji, William Kentridge, Nalini Malani, Otobong Nkanga, Raymond Pettibon, Amy Sillman and Rinus Van de Velde.

The Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness, curated by artist John Walter also continues its tour throughout 2018 at Dundee Contemporary Arts and Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre. Bringing together international artists and architects including Arakawa and Gins, Cosima von Bonin, Niki de Saint Phalle, Benedict Drew, Justin Favela, Duggie Fields, Louise Fishman, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Kate Lepper; Andrew Logan, Plastique Fantastique, Jacolby Satterwhite, Tim Spooner and John Walter, the exhibition explores a particular type of visual aesthetic which is hand-made, deliberately clumsy and lo-fi, that stands against the slick production values of much contemporary art today.

Collected Shadows, an exhibition featuring more than 200 photographs from the extensive collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict spanning 1850 to the present day, will also continue its tour throughout 2018 at Stills: Centre for Photography, Edinburgh and The Edge, University of Bath and Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University. Also opening at londonprintstudio on 10 November 2017, the Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition Cornelia Parker: One Day This Glass Will Break will present twenty large-scale photogravures by Cornelia Parker from three experimental series: Fox Talbot’s Articles of Glass (2017); One Day This Glass Will Break (2015); and Thirty Pieces of Silver (Exposed) (2015). These three series, which are brought together for the first time in this exhibition, explore the artist’s fascination with the physical properties of objects, materials and their histories.

The Arts Council Collection will see the opening of three new touring exhibitions in 2018. Celebrated British-Nigerian artistYinka Shonibare (MBE) will select works from the Collection for a new exhibition exploring ornamentation in art, Criminal Ornamentation, opening at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester on 21 September. In reaction to Adolf Loos’s highly influential anti-decoration essay Ornament and Crime (1908), Shonibare selects a wide range of work, from sculpture and painting to wallpaper and handbags, with featured artists including Bridget Riley, Pablo Bronstein, Andy Holden, David Batchelor, Caroline Achaintre, Hew Locke, Mark Neville; Bedwyr Williams and wallpaper by Timorous Beasties.

Also launching in 2018 is On Paper where this ubiquitous material will become the subject, rather than the often overlooked support for drawing. Opening at Perth Museum and Art Gallery on 13 January, On Paper will feature with range of leading artists including Eduardo Paolozzi, John Stezaker, James Richards, Anna Barriball, Wolfgang Tillmans and Langlands & Bell. The third exhibition, In My Shoes will explore the ways in which artists based in the UK have represented themselves in their work since the 1990s. Encompassing a range of media including film, photography and sculpture, the exhibition draws primarily from the holdings of the Arts Council Collection, with key loans from other UK collections, to investigate new and dynamic approaches. Opening on 1 April 2018 at Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, artists featured in the exhibition include Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Rachel MacLean, Hayley Newman, Grayson Perry, Marc Quinn, Zineb Sidera, Bob & Roberta Smith, Gavin Turk, Mark Wallinger, Gillian Wearing, Bedwyr Williams, Jane & Louise Wilson andCarey Young.

Arts Council Collection’s National Partnership Programme will also continue throughout 2018 with further information on exhibitions to be announced in the coming months.




London – Hayward Gallery and Art Night are pleased to announce that London’s largest free contemporary arts festival will return on Saturday 7 July 2018 for its most ambitious art trail to date. Running along the Thames from Southbank Centre through Vauxhall and Nine Elms to Battersea, Art Night will feature commissions and artists’ projects in iconic and off-the- beaten-track venues for just one night. The festival will be curated by Hayward Gallery, to coincide with the Gallery’s 50th Anniversary in July 2018.

New commissions, performances and artworks premiering in the UK by selected leading contemporary artists will animate exceptional historic sites, iconic landmarks, secret venues and public spaces around Southbank Centre, Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea. Art Night is generously supported by international auction house Phillips for the third year running.

“We are excited to be partnering with Art Night and we are looking forward to building on Hayward Gallery’s rich history of presenting ambitious off-site projects by leading contemporary artists. We are all delighted to be working with the Art Night team on the 2018 programme and we are enjoying the challenges and marvelous opportunities associated with presenting art and performance in surprising venues and along the streets of this interesting part of London.”

Ralph Rugoff, Director of Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery, November 2017

“Art Night 2018 will continue to offer an artistic exploration of London, celebrating diversity, culture, heritage and architecture, through an engaging, free and multidisciplinary programme of events, made possible with the generous support of Phillips auction house. We’re delighted to present the programme in South London for the first time this year and to continue to be a part of the city’s growing night-time culture, while celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Hayward Gallery.” Ksenia Zemtsova and Philippine Nguyen, Founders, Art Night, November 2017.

“Since its launch, Art Night has brought different parts of the city to life through the lens of contemporary art. Next year’s festival is set to be the most ambitious yet with installations from world-renowned artists at sites including the iconic Battersea Power Station and the vibrant Southbank. There’s no doubt that this exciting and free festival contributes to the capital’s reputation as a global powerhouse for culture, and shows that London is open tocreativity, talent and ideas from around the world.” Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, November 2017.

“Art Night has become an established part of the contemporary art calendar in London, underscoring the city’s position as the creative capital of Europe and giving Londoners the chance to see and experience facets of their city in a new light. Phillips is very proud to be the lead sponsor of Art Night for the third year. As a contemporary auction house, Phillips’ goal has always been to make art more accessible, and sponsoring this unique festival builds on our commitment to supporting arts and culture in London.” Cheyenne Westphal, Chairman, Phillips

“This is such an exciting time for Art Night to come to Nine Elms, as it continues to transform from an area of light industry to a vibrant new district of central riverside London. The festival is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the area, its heritage, its exciting cultural offer, while bringing everyone together.” nne ullins, Head of Culture, Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, November 2017.

Art Night will continue to feature an extensive Associate Programme put together by local organisations, galleries, artists and curators, with screenings, workshops, exhibitions, gigs and more.

Art Night is conceived and organised by Unlimited Productions. Taking inspiration from Paris’ popular ‘Nuit Blanche’, Art Night partners with a leading cultural institution and an independent curator each year. For one night-only, an area of London is transformed and activated by artists offering an engaging programme of events and artworks to the public. Art Night is open to all and free.

The first edition of the festival in July 2016 was led by the Institute of Contemporary Arts and curator Kathy Noble. It attracted 35,000 people in Westminster. Art Night 2017, curated by Fatos Ustek and the Whitechapel Gallery, saw 75,000 visit across 70 sites in the East End of London in July 2017. Featured artists included Charles Avery, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Benedict Drew, Anne Hardy, Celia Hempton, Joan Jonas, Lawrence Lek, Linder, Melanie Manchot, Laure Prouvost, Lindsay Seers, Do Ho Suh and many more.

Full details of London’s Art Night 2018 programme including final list of artists, venues and partnerships, will be announced in Spring 2018.