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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Various times
23 Nov 2019 - 19 Apr 2020
Various times | 23 Nov 2019 - 19 Apr 2020
art & exhibitions
family & young people
Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements
Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements
Performer and kids on stage
Various times
4 Apr 2020 - 5 Apr 2020
Various times | 4 Apr 2020 - 5 Apr 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The best stand-ups around do their thing for a family audience – without the rude bits!
The best stand-ups around do their thing for a family audience – without the rude bits!
Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales
Various times
7 Apr 2020 - 11 Apr 2020
Various times | 7 Apr 2020 - 11 Apr 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Under the sea, on the farm and in the jungle: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's tales come to life
Under the sea, on the farm and in the jungle: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's tales come...
David Wallace Wells, journalist
7:30 pm
Wed 08 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 08 Apr 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Reflect on the book that changed the conversation around climate change at this talk with its author
Reflect on the book that changed the conversation around climate change at this talk with its author
Big Up production shot
Various times
15 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
Various times | 15 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
performance & theatre
family & young people
What happens when a beatboxer, a singer and a puppeteer arrive on stage but nothing is ready?
What happens when a beatboxer, a singer and a puppeteer arrive on stage but nothing is ready?
intotheclouds, theatre experience for young children
Various times
16 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020
Various times | 16 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020
performance & theatre
family & young people
Fluffy and soft and bright: welcome to the Cloud Factory
Fluffy and soft and bright: welcome to the Cloud Factory
Akala, rapper and activist
7:45 pm
Sun 19 Apr 2020
7:45 pm | Sun 19 Apr 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Be transported to Elizabethan London by the brilliant and brutal debut young adult novel from Akala
Be transported to Elizabethan London by the brilliant and brutal debut young adult novel from Akala
Rodney Graham, Gary Oak, Galiano Island, 2012. © the artist 2020. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Sun 26 Apr 2020
4:00 pm | Sun 26 Apr 2020
art & exhibitions
accessible events
Experienced tour guide Martin Glover delivers a BSL tour of Among the Trees
Experienced tour guide Martin Glover delivers a BSL tour of Among the Trees
Fi Glover and Jane Garvey, BBC broadcasters
7:30 pm
Sun 26 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 26 Apr 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The live show spin-off from the podcast experience no one knew they wanted, until they got it
The live show spin-off from the podcast experience no one knew they wanted, until they got it
Adam Buxton, comedian
7:30 pm
Mon 11 May 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 11 May 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Parenthood, boarding school trauma and confrontations on trains: the comedian's memoir covers it all
Parenthood, boarding school trauma and confrontations on trains: the comedian's memoir covers...

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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