This exhibition brings together a number of Hayward’s wonderfully crafted prints, showing a recent move towards capturing the power and enigmatic presence of inner city social housing. Once negatively associated with the welfare state and social division, this kind of architecture is now receiving a revised second look, these buildings appearing powerful in retrospect and full of individual personality. Hayward sees them in terms of their design, structure and sculptural qualities, with strong connections to her memories of growing up in London in the 1960s and 70s.
Hayward’s prints sit comfortably with work by others who have looked afresh at the genre of British Brutalism, a subject explored by artists including David Hepher, whose paintings convey a marvellous fascination with 1960s tower blocks, weathered with graffiti that snarl and growl a bleak message. Hayward’s work has a lighter touch and a nostalgic overtone that is more gently urban. Even mass scaffolding is explored for the way it lends pattern and shape while, rarely peopled, her work weaves a tapestry that reflects the warm complexities of inner city life.
A member of the Society of Wood Engravers and Fellow of the Royal Society of Painters – Printmakers she studied at Wimbledon College of Art and MA printmaking at Camberwell College of Art.
Prints are held in the collections of The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, also in many private collections.