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Greta Thunberg’s The Climate Book features crucial climate voices including Kate Raworth, Naomi Klein and Margaret Atwood. The event, in collaboration with Penguin Live at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, will be live streamed for free around the world. The festival lineup features UK & international literary names such as Malorie Blackman, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Karl Ove Knausgård and George Saunders. Well-known names include YouTuber Adam B, Minnie Driver, Graham Norton and Jon Snow.
Following sold-out seasons in the 2018 Perth Festival and Black Swan’s 2019 season, award-winning play You Know We Belong Together brings its celebrated portrayal of living with Down syndrome to the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room from Thursday 18 - Saturday 20 August for its UK Premiere.
This summer the Southbank Centre is exploring Black art and popular culture with an extraordinary season of multi-artform events, featuring outdoor art installations, music, literature, poetry and performance as well as a wealth of free-to-attend events.
Hayward Gallery Touring’s landmark exhibition British Art Show 9 ( BAS9 ) will continue its national tour, opening in Manchester on Friday 27 May, following its successful iterations in Aberdeen (10 July – 10 October 2021) and Wolverhampton (22 January – 10 April 2022).
From Friday 29 April, riverside pop-ups from Truffle, Oh My Dog!, SNOG, The Hop Locker and Elephant Juice will provide the perfect sun-soaked spot to hang out all summer long.
Rachel Thomas has been appointed Chief Curator of the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre. Rachel joins the gallery on 28 April 2022 from the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), where she was Head of Exhibitions and Senior Curator since 2002.
The Southbank Centre today announces a programme to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Taking place across Wednesday 1 - Sunday 5 June 2022, the Southbank Centre’s eclectic programme of Jubilee events encompasses both “Official” and “Alternative” Royal Command Performances alongside classical music, punk, dance, performance and parties, to appeal to diverse and wide-ranging audiences.
The Southbank Centre and Grace Jones have today revealed the third and final names of artists who are performing during this year’s Meltdown festival, running Friday 10 to Sunday 19 June 2022. In addition to the new acts, the eclectic free public programme, which brings together a huge number of performers and activities inspired by Grace Jones’ career, has also been announced.
The Southbank Centre has today revealed its Autumn/Winter 2022/23 classical music programme – the first edition under the curatorship of Head of Classical Music Toks Dada since arriving at the Southbank Centre. The Autumn/Winter programme, which runs from September 2022 until January 2023, emphasises the Southbank Centre’s commitment to innovation and diversity.
The Southbank Centre announces its Summer 2022 Literature Season taking place from May to September, featuring a diverse range of musicians and authors, renowned thinkers and contemporary poets.
Amy Ross has been appointed Director of Development at the Southbank Centre. Currently Director of Development at Art Fund, Amy will join the Southbank Centre in June 2022 and will report to Elaine Bedell, CEO.
A new 24-hour-long film, Primetime, 2022, by Anthea Hamilton has been unveiled this week on the elevated terrace next to the Hayward Gallery, overlooking the Royal Festival Hall. The film launches this year’s expanding programme of striking outdoor installations, offering free access to art for all.
In solidarity with the people of Ukraine and to support the Ukrainian community in London, the Southbank Centre is delighted to announce Slava Ukraini - a specially curated night of music, poetry and spoken word with a line-up that includes Ukrainian and British artists performing in person and via live link-up from Ukraine.
The Southbank Centre and Grace Jones have today revealed the next wave of artists who will be performing during this year’s eagerly anticipated Meltdown festival, running Friday June 10 until Saturday 19 June. Spanning hard hitting punk to folk and experimental electronica, the latest additions capture Grace Jones’ unparalleled influence and connection to the world’s music scene.
As part of Social Prescribing Week (4-11 March 2022), the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and the Southbank Centre are hosting The Social Prescribing Show on Friday 4 March, bringing together expert contributors from a variety of sectors.
Continuing its popular programme of striking outdoor installations, offering free access to art for all, the Hayward Gallery announces a series of newly commissioned artworks from award-winning artists Anthea Hamilton, Jyll Bradley and Monira Al Qadiri .
From 29 June to 18 September 2022, the Hayward Gallery presents In the Black Fantastic, the UK’s first major exhibition dedicated to the work of Black artists who use fantastical elements to address racial injustice and explore alternative realities.
The Southbank Centre is relaunching its free monthly dance sessions in the form of a new series called ‘ Mix & Move. ’ The initiative is part of the multi-arts centre’s Arts & Wellbeing programme, which is committed to finding innovative ways of increasing access to free enriching social encounters that offer wellbeing benefits.
From 9 February to 15 May 2022, the Hayward Gallery presents Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child, the first major retrospective of this legendary artist to focus exclusively on the works that she made with fabrics and textiles during the final chapter of her storied career.
These works, many of which have never been shown before in the UK, comprise one of the greatest late career chapters in the history of art.
Running from 30 March until 3 April 2022, the eclectic festival of paid and free events celebrates daring new frontiers of sound on topics from climate change to the female body
British Art Show 9 ( BAS9 ), curated by Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar, continues its UK tour, opening to the public on Saturday 22 January 2022 at Wolverhampton Art Gallery and University of Wolverhampton School of Art.
Found Cities, Lost Objects: Women in the City curated by Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid CBE explores modern city life from a female perspective.
Launching at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in May 2022, this large exhibition of over 60 works presents a wide array of modern and contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, photography and film.
Arts Council Collection presents The World We Live In: Art and the Urban Environment, an exhibition of painting, sculpture, photography and film that explores urban life. Featuring 29 works created between 1950 and 2020, the exhibition launches at Leicester Museums & Art Galleries in February 2022 before touring to other venues across the UK.
Films To Be Buried With with Brett Goldstein: Live podcast, Matt Forde and Arabella Weir join Jenny Eclair and Simon Munnery as part of the Southbank Centre’s February comedy line-up.
Spring highlights include:
- A UK exclusive with literary phenomenon Margaret Atwood: Burning Questions
- Akala discusses his book The Dark Lady at an in-conversation event with special readings and performances from The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company
- A book launch of Hanya Yanagihara’s To Paradise
The Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival turns twenty in 2022 but has no intention of growing up any time soon! Imagine returns 9 – 20 February 2022 to provide the very best in children's theatre, comedy, family parties, hands-on activities, music, literature, dance, immersive experiences, relaxed mindfulness sessions and full-on fun for children and their grownups in the February half term. With over 160 events jam-packed into twelve days and over fifty percent of the festival completely free, Imagine is the biggest festival of its kind in London.
Yung Ma has been appointed Curator, Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre to work on the gallery’s dynamic programme that showcases the world’s most adventurous and innovative artists.
The Southbank Centre today announces additional performances for its new artistic series, Purcell Sessions. The Purcell Room opens its doors for curious audiences to witness artists explore new creative frontiers.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary year, the Arts Council Collection is launching Right About Now, an exhibition featuring highlights from its recent contemporary art acquisitions, including a number of works presented publicly for the first time.
Following the return of live classical music performances in September, today the Southbank Centre unveils its Spring/Summer programme (February - June 2022), featuring stand out projects from great artists, thought-provoking world premieres and inventive ways of looking at modern masterpieces.
Brightening up the riverside this Winter, the Southbank Centre's Winter Festival features nine weeks of festive events, exhibitions and dazzling performances. Visitors of all ages can embrace the seasonal spirit with a packed schedule of activity.
Koestler Arts are proud to present their fourteenth annual London exhibition at the Southbank Centre this October. This year’s edition, entitled The I and the We curated by Camille Walala and Sarah Ihler-Meyer, will take place from 29 October to 5 December 2021.
Opening in February, Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child launches the Hayward Gallery’s 2022 programme which, as well as a series of free outdoor art commissions, includes two major groups shows: In the Black Fantastic, an exhibition of contemporary artists from the African diaspora whose works engage with the speculative and the mythic, and an autumn exhibition exploring how contemporary artists have used the medium of clay and ceramics in inventive and unexpected ways.
From 9 February to 15 May 2022, the Hayward Gallery will present Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child, the first major retrospective of this legendary artist to focus exclusively on the works that she made with fabrics and textiles during the final chapter of her storied career.
Launching in October 2021, Georgia O'Keeffe: Memories of Drawings is a brand new Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition which presents a remarkable collection of work from the pioneering American artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
Post-punk pioneers, The Tiger Lillies, return to the Southbank Centre this Christmas with the UK premiere of a brand new concert inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Art by Post: Of Home and Hope launches today at Southbank Centre before touring nationwide for five months to showcase the power of art and culture on health and wellbeing.
In a world exclusive event, the Southbank Centre in collaboration with Penguin Live presents ‘The Lyrics: Paul McCartney in Conversation’, which will see Paul McCartney in conversation about his new career-spanning book The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, on Friday 5 November, 7.30pm GMT at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
From 9 September through 12 December 2021 the Hayward Gallery presents Mixing It Up: Painting Today, an exhibition that brings together 31 contemporary painters who exploit the unique characteristics of their medium to create fresh, compelling works of art that speak to this moment. Simultaneously, Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space will present the most extensive exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s drawings ever shown in the UK.
A brand-new installation from art collective Slavs and Tatars will be unveiled against the iconic backdrop of the Hayward Gallery, inaugurating a new three-year commissioning partnership with the Bagri Foundation.
Currently Creative Director at Manchester International Festival (MIF), Mark will join the multi-arts centre in January 2022 and will have overall responsibility for the artistic direction of the largest cultural centre in the UK, leading the organisation as it enters a new era.
The Southbank Centre today announces its autumn season, headlined by a global exclusive event with Sally Rooney (QEH, 7 Sep) who inspires the theme of friendship for the 2021 London Literature Festival (21 – 31 Oct), returning for the first time since 2019.
British Art Show 9 (BAS9), curated by Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar opens to the public on Saturday 10 July 2021 at Aberdeen Art Gallery, offering a barometer of the UK’s contemporary art landscape today.
A three-year partnership, announced today, between t he Hayward Gallery and t he Bagri Foundation will bring a series of new outdoor art commissions to the Southbank Centre.
The Southbank Centre today raises the curtain on its 2021/22 classical music programme, announcing the first events in its calendar for Autumn/Winter (September 2021 – January 2022).
The UK’s largest multi-arts centre, the Southbank Centre in London, today announces a five-month touring exhibition, which will bring over 600 pieces of artwork created during lockdown out of the shadows and into major UK venues to showcase the power of art on health & wellbeing during the pandemic.
Mixing It Up: Painting Today brings together 31 contemporary painters whose work freely draws on varied image sources, techniques and traditions in order to fashion fresh and compelling works of art that speak to this moment.
The Southbank Centre today announces that for the first time ever, nine guest curators are to programme artistic activity on the outdoor Riverside Stage across weekends from 4 July t o 29 August, as part of the Summer Reunion programme, free of charge to t he public.
The Southbank Centre’s Resident Orchestra, London Sinfonietta today announces a groundbreaking commission for pioneering composer L aura Bowler to bring awareness to the ongoing climate crisis.
The Southbank Centre Shop celebrates its reopening on 28 April by showcasing a series of prints inspired by the Southbank Centre’s brutalist architecture, as well as some of London’s most recognisable landmarks.
Grace Jones’ Meltdown is to move to 2022, with the iconic artist remaining in place to curate and headline the much-anticipated Southbank Centre festival from Friday 10 June – Sunday 19 June 2022.
The Southbank Centre today announces the final slate of purely digital events in its ongoing series Inside Out, an online season of music and literature which has been running since September 2020.
Hayward Gallery Touring’s landmark exhibition, British Art Show 9 (BAS9), will open in Scotland at Aberdeen Art Gallery in July 2021. This display will mark the launch of the national tour for this ambitious exhibition of contemporary art, which takes place across the UK every five years.
The Hayward Gallery is to reopen on 19 May with Matthew Barney: Redoubt and Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust .
The London Philharmonic Orchestra , Philharmonia Orchestra, and London Sinfonietta return to the Southbank Centre, streaming to UK audiences and internationally from the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
On World Book Day, the Southbank Centre is inviting 40 primary schools to take part in this year’s creative writing project Imagine a Story, giving young children the chance to become published authors.
Hayward Gallery Touring announces the new touring dates for British Art show 9, which will now be opening in Aberdeen, Scotland on 10 July 2021 and touring to Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth.
The Southbank Centre today announces new events for Inside Out, an online season of music and literature extended until 6 May. The new events include Bell Orchestre (13 Mar), authors Kazuo and Naomi Ishiguro (5 Apr), Olivia Laing (30 Apr) and Jhumpa Lahiri (6 May).
The Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library, with publisher John Murray Press (through its Chambers imprint), today announces the publication of No, Love is Not Dead: An Anthology of Love Poetry From Around The World, ahead of Valentine’s Day on Sunday 14 February.
Following the success of the Southbank Centre’s online autumn multi-arts series, Inside Out, the Southbank Centre today announces details about Inside Out, a second online season of music, spoken word and literature taking place from 24 January - 2 8 March 2021.
On Friday 18 December, the Southbank Centre will, for the first time ever, stream an evening of dance and jazz live from the iconic Royal Festival Hall to help combat loneliness this winter.
To coincide with International Day of Disabled Persons, the Southbank Centre today announces details of its first digital Unlimited festival programme, a five-day festival featuring dance, performance, comedy, film, talks, workshops and art that celebrates the artistic vision of disabled artists from 13 - 17 January 2 021.
This winter season, Southbank Centre presents Winter Light, a new free open-air exhibition that will enliven the site’s iconic buildings and the Riverside Walk with luminous, playful and thought-provoking artworks during the darkest months of the year.
Refugee and migrant comedy collective No Direction Home return to the Southbank Centre with a special online event as part of the Inside Out series, headlined by Rosie Jones on Sunday 22 November, 8pm.
The Southbank Centre will host the first digital Unlimited festival from 13 – 17 January 2021. Unlimited celebrates the artistic vision and creativity of disabled artists from across the UK. The five day festival will feature dance, performance, comedy, film, talks, workshops and art that challenges perceptions of disabled people. Alongside the digital programme, there will be an outdoor exhibition, Unseen by artist Suzie Larke.
The Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library, with publisher Laurence King will publish the world’s first anthology of Instagram Poetry, Instagram Poetry For Every Day on 28 September, ahead of National Poetry Day on 1 October 2020. Edited by Chris McCabe (National Poetry Librarian) and Jessica Atkinson, the book brings together some of the most exciting artists and poets to emerge from instagram in recent years and brings together over 100 poems by some of the biggest names and up-and-coming talent associated with the genre.
No Lockdown in the Imagination1 is an outdoor installation taking place across the windows of London’s Southbank Centre, and online at Koestler Arts from 12 November – 13 December 2020. On show will be a selection of audio, visual and written works selected from the 2020 Koestler Awards, the 58th annual Koestler Awards for people across the UK’s criminal justice system.
Phenomenal Women: Portraits of UK Black Female Professors, a celebration of Black British academics will be brought to the public in a unique free outdoor exhibition.
Commissioned and curated by Dr Nicola Rollock, and photographed by Bill Knight, it features portraits of 45 professors across a broad range of subjects including law, medicine, creative writing and sociology. The exhibition runs from 10 October - 8 November 2020, timed to coincide with Black History Month, and is presented along the Southbank Centre’s very popular public riverside promenade The Queen’s Walk.
The Southbank Centre today announces the continuation of its Art by Post scheme, a project aiming to engage those most isolated by social distancing measures due to Covid-19. Participants will receive 6 brand new activity booklets from September until early 2021.
The Southbank Centre today announces details about Inside Out, a brand-new online season of music, literature and comedy from 17 September – 30 December. With over 40 events across three months, audiences will be able to take advantage of a truly diverse range of programming coming from the Royal Festival Hall and beyond.
After more than 20 weeks closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Hayward Gallery will reopen five days a week with Covid-secure health and safety measures in place to keep visitors and staff safe.
Hayward Gallery Touring announces the selection of artists for British Art Show 9, which will now be opening in Wolverhampton on 6 March 2021 and touring to Aberdeen, Plymouth and Manchester.
The Southbank Centre announces Everyday Heroes, a public art and poetry project that celebrates and highlights the invaluable contributions of all those key workers who have kept the country running during the COVID-19 crisis.
Southbank Centre, together with publishers Simon & Schuster, today announce Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will appear exclusively at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 10 November 2019 as they celebrate the women who have inspired them throughout their lives, with the launch of their awaited book The Book of Gutsy Women: Favourite Stories of Courage and Resilience.
Southbank Centre, in partnership with Eat Your Own Ears, today announces a very special night paying tribute to the pioneering and hugely influential 1980s British pop and rock band, Talk Talk, and their late frontman Mark Hollis, at Royal Festival Hall, 26 November 2019.
In a UK-exclusive event Southbank Centre, in collaboration with Fane Productions, presents ‘A Conversation with Dame Julie Andrews’ on the afternoon of Saturday 2 November 2019.
Southbank Centre today announces its most jam-packed literature season to date with more than 35 events taking place from September - December 2019 across its three auditoriums (Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room) as well as in its National Poetry Library, Hayward Gallery and foyer spaces.
This summer, Hayward Gallery presents Kiss My Genders, a group exhibition celebrating more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender identity.
Southbank Centre today reveals that the curator of Meltdown festival 2019 will be three-time Grammy Award-winning American composer, producer, arranger, guitarist, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Abbey Road Studios’ first ever Chief Creative Advisor, Nile Rodgers.
Dr. Zoé Whitley has been appointed Senior Curator, Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre . Whitley will assume the position on 8 April 2019 working alongside current Senior Curator Cliff Lauson and under Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, on the gallery’s dynamic programme of work that showcases the world’s most adventurous and innovative artists.
Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival turns eighteen in 2019 - but it’s nowhere near growing up! The annual festival returns 13-24 February 2019 for a half-term week of the best in children's theatre, comedy, family parties, hands-on activities, DJs, dance, immersive experiences and full-on fun for children and their grownups.
On 13 February 2019, Hayward Gallery will present diane arbus: in the beginning, including nearly 100 photographs that redefine the achievement of one of the most prominent and influential artists of the 20th century.
Ten days ahead of its twelfth London Literature Festival (18-28 October 2018), Southbank Centre today announces its Spring 2019 literature season featuring a packed programme of events taking place during January – March 2019 across its 17-acre site.
Hayward Gallery Touring is pleased to announce the participating cities and the appointment of Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar as the curators for the forthcoming edition of British Art Show, which will open in Manchester in 2020, and then tour to Wolverhampton, Aberdeen and Plymouth.
Southbank Centre’s Chief Executive, Elaine Bedell, today announces the appointment of Madani Younis to the new role of Creative Director. He will take up the post in January 2019.
Southbank Centre today appoints Bengi Ünsal as Senior Contemporary Music Programmer, leaving her previous role as Director of Salon at the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). She will lead on programming Southbank Centre’s wider gigs programme, including the arts centre’s hallmark contemporary music festival, Meltdown.