Among the Trees

Hayward Gallery, London, London, United Kingdom

Saturday, August 1, 2020 - 11:00 to Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 16:00

By turns poetic, adventurous and thought-provoking, this group exhibition explores our relationship with trees and forests.

Among the Trees transports us around the world – from Colombian rainforests and remote Japanese islands to olive orchards in Israel and a 9,550-year-old spruce in Sweden.

By drawing attention to the beauty, scale and complexity of trees and forests, the 37 artists in this exhibition turn our vision of the natural world on its head, inviting us to see it with new eyes.

Whether exploring the way that trees – with lifespans much longer than our own – challenge how we think about time, or revealing how they are intimately entangled with human affairs, these artists enliven and expand our appreciation of these remarkable organisms.

Alongside sculptures and installations, drawings, paintings and photographs, there are artworks that celebrate the soaring scale of trees. These include a monumental sculpture cast from a 2,000-year-old olive tree by Ugo Rondinone; a cinematic portrait of a 30-metre-high spruce tree by Eija-Liisa Ahtila; and a vast forest of trees constructed entirely from cardboard by Eva Jospin.

At a time when the destruction of the world’s forests is accelerating at a record pace, Among the Trees vividly highlights the indispensable role that trees play in our lives and imaginations.

Featured artists

Robert Adams, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Yto Barrada, Johanna Calle, Gillian Carnegie, Tacita Dean, Peter Doig, Jimmie Durham, Kirsten Everberg, Simryn Gill, Rodney Graham, Shi Guowei, Hugh Hayden, Eva Jospin, Kazuo Kadonaga, William Kentridge, Toba Khedoori, Luisa Lambri, Myoung Ho Lee, Zoe Leonard, Robert Longo, Sally Mann, Steve McQueen, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Mariele Neudecker, Virginia Overton, Roxy Paine, Giuseppe Penone, Abel Rodríguez, Ugo Rondinone, George Shaw, Robert Smithson, Jennifer Steinkamp, Thomas Struth, Rachel Sussman, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Jeff Wall.

New opening times

We’re now open on Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm and Sunday, 10am – 6pm; and closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Pre-booking online is essential

All visitors must book online before visiting. Members and Supporters go free, but need to book a time slot, too. To reduce contact, the Hayward Gallery Ticket Office is closed.

There’s no need to print your ticket – just show your phone to our hosts on entry.

Reduced visitor numbers

We’re admitting fewer visitors than usual so that you can easily keep a safe distance from others and enjoy a crowd-free visit.

When you book, you’re given a time slot to make sure that we keep to a safe number of people within the gallery.

Keep others safe

You’re strongly encouraged to wear a face covering during your visit, for your safety and the safety of other visitors and staff.

Please, stay at home if you have symptoms of illness such as a cough, sore throat or fever or have been in contact in the past 14 days with someone who has coronavirus. You can email to refund or exchange your ticket.

When you arrive

Entrance to the exhibition is via the Hayward Gallery main entrance. We are operating a one-way system.

Get here as close to your time slot as possible – you won’t be able to come into the Hayward Gallery to wait, and our other buildings are still closed for now.

Inside the gallery

Toilets, including accessible toilets, are open for ticket holders in the Hayward Gallery Foyer. Our cloakroom is closed, so please leave bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm at home. Visitors with prams, buggies and wheelchairs are welcome.

Free for NHS workers

To say thank you to the NHS, we are offering free admission to all NHS workers. There is a limit of ten NHS worker tickets per hour. Tickets must be booked in advance by emailing

Live in Lambeth?

Lambeth resident tickets are £5. Tickets must be booked in advance via our website. ID may be requested on arrival.

Under 30?

Under-30s tickets are £5. Tickets must be booked in advance via our website. ID may be requested on arrival.

United Kingdom
Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX