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.

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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all events

Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
until 29 Mar 2018
Various times | until 29 Mar 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
Gather a group and have a go at playing the gamelan
Gather a group and have a go at playing the gamelan
© 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
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

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 21 Feb 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 21 Feb 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The LPO performs Stravinsky’s legendary The Rite of Spring
The LPO performs Stravinsky’s legendary The Rite of Spring
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
7:00 pm
Thu 22 Feb 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 22 Feb 2018
Classical music
Choral
Enjoy a concert of soloists, bands, choirs and orchestras from talented young performers
Enjoy a concert of soloists, bands, choirs and orchestras from talented young performers

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 22 Feb 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 22 Feb 2018
Talks & Topics
Is social media defining our reality with instant filters and editing as you upload?
Is social media defining our reality with instant filters and editing as you upload?
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016

Free

Free

Various times
until 13 Jul 2018
Various times | until 13 Jul 2018
Dance & Performance
Literature
A short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under 5s and their carers
A short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under 5s and their carers

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

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 23 Feb 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 23 Feb 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Get jazzy at lunchtime with this Italian London-based pianist and composer
Get jazzy at lunchtime with this Italian London-based pianist and composer

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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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Enjoy a unique view of the final pyramid rooflight's delivery to the gallery roof.
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Take a look back through fifty years of the Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Porcelain Yellow Light Panes Necklace

Rose Gold Let the Light in Necklace

Pink 'Light' Earrings

Deco Eclipse Necklace