Exhibition: The Hop

This exhibition runs from Wed, 18th May 2022 to Sun, 2nd Oct 2022. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

23rd May 2022  
(12am - 12am)
24th May 2022  
(12am - 12am)
25th May 2022  
(12am - 12am)
26th May 2022  
(12am - 12am)
27th May 2022  
(12am - 12am)
28th May 2022  
(12am - 12am)
29th May 2022  
(12am - 12am)

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge

Jyll Bradley’s new interactive commission links the urban landscape of the Southbank Centre to the hop gardens of Kent.


A luminous public canopy almost four metres high grows from the side of the Hayward Gallery.

Bradley’s The Hop is inspired by a piece of overlooked local history: until the 1960s, every year thousands of working class families from Lambeth travelled away from the pollution of London for a working ‘holiday’ in the Kentish hop fields.

Bringing in the hop harvest – or ‘hopping’ – was hard manual labour, but it was also a transformative time away from city life, and a space for new experiences and new relationships.

Using her signature material of coloured Plexiglas, Bradley’s commission echoes the geometry of Kent’s unique hop growing structures, designed to expose the crop to the maximum amount of sunlight.

The Hop offers a structure for growth which reaches outwards, upwards, and makes connections.

The artist invites you to spend time in The Hop, to create a dance routine, have a picnic, or simply sit and enjoy the colourful reflections made by the artwork in the summer sun.

The Hop has been realised with the generous support of the Hayward Gallery Commissioning Committee, and significant additional support from David Maclean.

The work was designed in close partnership with structural engineer Ben Godber and Expedition Engineering.

Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Hayward Gallery,

Belvedere Road, Southbank, London,

Map of Hayward Gallery


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