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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Chinese art focus of new Hayward show

24th September 2012

The work of nine key Chinese artists forms the focus of a new show at London's Hayward Gallery.

Art of Change: New Directions of China is on at the leading gallery until December 9th and is perfect for performance art fans staying at central London hotels.

All of the work has been picked from the last 30 years and aims to challenge the traditional Chinese art establishment - which has often controversially banned performance and installation pieces from events in China.

Initial reviews for the exhibition have been positive and it has been praised for showcasing the depth of talent from China as well as allow people to discover artists that may never have heard of.

"This was the first exhibition of Chinese art I've seen in Britain that really allows it to speak for itself... superb," said the Times.

 Charles Darwent, writing in the Independent, said: "Extraordinarily and good are words that spring to mind.

"There is a maturity and meticulousness to much of the art that is missing in its British equivalent."

Admission to the exhibition costs £10 for adults and entry for those aged 12 to 18 years old is £7.50. The Hayward also holds special late night openings on Thursdays and Fridays so perfect for combining with a trip to other events happening in the area.

The nearest London Underground and mainline station to the Haywood Gallery, which is part of the Southbank Centre, is Waterloo.

The Southbank Centre is the world's largest arts centre and it consists of a number of venues and facilities including the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Saison Poetry Library.

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