Hayward Gallery presents Chinese art


This autumn sees the Hayward Gallery host a new exhibition celebrating Chinese art from the last three decades and welcoming some of the country's top artists.

The London show is on until December 9th and will feature nine progressive artists from China who have been pushing creative boundaries since the 1980s.

Art of Change: New Directions is largely concerned with performance and installation pieces – which are seen by the Chinese art world as one of the most controversial forms, with performance art being officially banned from an exhibition in China in 1989.

More than 40 works are on display at the exhibition and include new commissions such as the Purification Room by Chen Zhen. The piece features household items such as a bed, fridge and television that are covered in mud  that alters in appearance during the course of the show.

Other artists featured include Gu Dexin, who is most famous for his work involving raw food, as well as Liang Shoaji's detail silkworm pieces that involve complicated shapes wrapped in silk.

Admission to the event costs £10 for adults and entry for those aged 12 to 18 years old is £7.50. The nearest tube to the Haywood Gallery is Waterloo so it is well placed for those staying at central London hotels.

Praised by the Lonely Planet magazine, the Hayward Gallery is part of the Southbank Centre and has developed a strong reputation for displaying contemporary art.

Open every day, the Hayward also holds late night openings on Thursdays and Fridays so can be combined with a meal along the River Thames or a visit to the numerous attractions on the Southbank including the Royal Festival Hall or the EDF Energy London Eye – the perfect end to a London weekend break.