Let The Light In

Thanks to you, we’ve reached our goal and let the light in to Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

The incredible support of over 53,000 generous individuals and our partners Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund along with Trusts, Foundations and companies means that our 1960s arts venues have been restored ready for the next 50 years.

Hayward Gallery reopened on 25 January to much acclaim, and Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room followed suit on 9 April with The Observer commenting that these much loved concert halls are now 'glowing with renewed lustre’

...the Hayward Gallery has had a glorious rebirth
The Times

Through the campaign, the importance of these buildings has been recognised by artists, supporters and audiences sharing personal stories, career defining moments and life-changing experiences.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery have now been firmly reinstated as places for new work, new ideas and new artists. Without your support, this wouldn’t have been possible.

The artistic possibilities for the future are limitless. Thank you for the part you have played. We couldn’t have done it without you.

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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Installation view of Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, Blue 2016, at Space Shifters, Hayward Gallery 2018
Various times
until 6 Jan 2019
Various times | until 6 Jan 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
Now until 6 JAN 2019: a major group exhibition bringing together sculptures and installations that explore perception and space
Now until 6 JAN 2019: a major group exhibition bringing together sculptures and installations that...

Free

Free

Various times
until 27 Dec 2018
Various times | until 27 Dec 2018
Eat, drink and be merry beside the River Thames at our enchanting Winter Market
Eat, drink and be merry beside the River Thames at our enchanting Winter Market

Free

Free

Various times
until 24 Dec 2018
Various times | until 24 Dec 2018
Art
NOW UNTIL 24 DEC 2018: A free HENI Project Space exhibition showcasing Emmanuelle Lainé's disorienting site-specific installation
NOW UNTIL 24 DEC 2018: A free HENI Project Space exhibition showcasing Emmanuelle Lainé's...

Free

Free

Various times
until 17 Dec 2018
Various times | until 17 Dec 2018
Literature
Poetry
Discuss the ten poetry books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious TS Eliot Prize
Discuss the ten poetry books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious TS Eliot Prize
Barbara Brownskirt, poet
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Dec 2018
Literature
Poetry
Have yourself a very merry Polari with a festive literary rampage featuring Barbara Brownskirt
Have yourself a very merry Polari with a festive literary rampage featuring Barbara Brownskirt
Roxane Gay headshot
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Dec 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The critic and author takes the stage to discuss today's culture with her keen and humorous candour
The critic and author takes the stage to discuss today's culture with her keen and humorous...

Free

Free

Various times
11 Dec 2018 - 23 Dec 2018
Various times | 11 Dec 2018 - 23 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
No silent nights at our festive season of free choir performances
No silent nights at our festive season of free choir performances
Chef at Jam Shed Supper Club, Southbank Centre
Various times
until 15 Dec 2018
Various times | until 15 Dec 2018
Dine on delicious cuisine from MasterChef finalists while enjoying spectacular views of the Thames
Dine on delicious cuisine from MasterChef finalists while enjoying spectacular views of the Thames
The cast of children standing in a line
Various times
11 Dec 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
Various times | 11 Dec 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Funny, provocative and beautifully poetic, That Night Follows Day exposes the facts, white lies and excuses
Funny, provocative and beautifully poetic, That Night Follows Day exposes the facts, white lies and...
He Wu, Joseph Calleja and Beau Dermott
8:00 pm
Tue 11 Dec 2018
8:00 pm | Tue 11 Dec 2018
Bring on the cheer at a magical evening of seasonal music and song in support of The Prince’s Trust
Bring on the cheer at a magical evening of seasonal music and song in support of The Prince’s...

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Let The Light In stories

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After two years of painstaking restoration and refurbishment, our iconic art gallery is open to the public once again
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Take a look at some of the first acts and events to grace our reopened venues
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Electronic music and Queen Elizabeth Hall grew up together – find out all about it