Artist's impression of the Hayward Gallery when it reopens in 2018 with new roof lights

Let The Light In: How Hayward Gallery is getting ready for 2018

Let The Light In

You can play a key part in our work to restore Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery for future generations.

It’s fifty years since our much-loved arts venues first opened their doors. At the heart of our programme they have hosted exceptional shows and exhibitions, inspiring generations of audiences.

However, these iconic buildings had begun to suffer for their art, and so in September 2015 they were closed to the public to allow us to carry out vital restoration work. 

Let The Light In is our campaign to help fund this vital refurbishment. The £35million project has been funded by Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund, and through generous Southbank Centre friends, but for it and us to succeed, we need your help.

Hayward Gallery reopened on 25 January to much acclaim. The Guardian called it ‘a brutal beauty remade’ and The Times said ‘the Hayward has had a glorious rebirth.’

We now need your help to finish restoring Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room to a world-class standard. Please donate today to help us get over the line, or why not name a seat for yourself or a loved one for the next ten years.

Every gift to support the campaign will really make a difference.

It’s not about donating to a building. It’s about making a real contribution to the cultural life of Britain for many decades to come.
Susan Gilchrist, Chairman of Southbank Centre Board of Governors

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Please donate today and help us to refurbish these iconic spaces for future generations.

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Make a lasting connection with our much-loved Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

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2:30 pm
Sat 24 Feb 2018
2:30 pm | Sat 24 Feb 2018
Classical music
Dance & Performance
Dive into an all-Gershwin extravaganza of music, song and dance, back by popular demand.
Dive into an all-Gershwin extravaganza of music, song and dance, back by popular demand.
7:30 pm
Sat 24 Feb 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 24 Feb 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Celebrate the finest works of one of the world’s best-loved composers.
Celebrate the finest works of one of the world’s best-loved composers.
Various times
until 29 Apr 2018
Various times | until 29 Apr 2018
Art
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
© Andreas Gursky/DACS, 2017. Courtesy: Sprüth Magers
Various times
until 22 Apr 2018
Various times | until 22 Apr 2018
Art
Hayward Gallery reopens with the first major UK retrospective of Andreas Gursky’s work
Hayward Gallery reopens with the first major UK retrospective of Andreas Gursky’s work

Free

Free

Various times
until 25 Mar 2018
Various times | until 25 Mar 2018
Enjoy some of the best street food in London at our food market
Enjoy some of the best street food in London at our food market

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

12:00 pm
Sun 25 Feb 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 25 Feb 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Join us for a super-sized orchestral party celebrating the best of young music-making
Join us for a super-sized orchestral party celebrating the best of young music-making
Various times
Sun 25 Feb 2018
Various times | Sun 25 Feb 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Step into a world of magical characters through orchestral music with a narrative
Step into a world of magical characters through orchestral music with a narrative
Various times
until 25 Feb 2018
Various times | until 25 Feb 2018
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
Various times
until 25 Mar 2018
Various times | until 25 Mar 2018
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Dragon Babies - Gamelan for 3-5 year olds, Gamelan Room
Various times
until 16 Jul 2018
Various times | until 16 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones

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How your support will make a difference

Your donation will help us to let natural light into the venues, by replacing the worn out pyramid roof lights on Hayward Gallery, and introducing new glazing to Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer to give views of the river. And your support will also help us improve the experience in our auditoria, through refurbished seats, improved acoustics and state-of-the-art production and technical equipment for Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

We would be squandering the Hayward Gallery’s history if we didn’t invest in its now and its future, and that’s what we’ve got to do.
Jude Kelly CBE, Southbank Centre Artistic Director

Let The Light In stories

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Take a look behind the scenes as our on-site renovation work nears completion
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Take a look back through fifty years of the Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Help us Let The Light In with some of our favourite shop items
£25

New Let The Light In jewellery  collection - exclusive to the Southbank Centre online shop.

Necklace 'Light' Pink

Genius Light Bulb Earrings

Concrete Cufflinks

Deco Eclipse Necklace