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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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Tayari Jones, writer
7:15 pm
Mon 01 Jun 2020
7:15 pm | Mon 01 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The author's latest novel is a breathtaking story about the delicate threads that bind a family together
The author's latest novel is a breathtaking story about the delicate threads that bind a family...
scrapbook

Free

Free

Various times
30 Apr 2020 - 23 Aug 2020
Various times | 30 Apr 2020 - 23 Aug 2020
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Mark the centenary of the Scottish poet at an exhibition focused on his visual poetry and his life
Mark the centenary of the Scottish poet at an exhibition focused on his visual poetry and his life
David Sedaris, writer
Various times
10 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021
Various times | 10 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021
literature & poetry
Get to the heart of the human condition at a live show of the bestselling author’s sardonic wit
Get to the heart of the human condition at a live show of the bestselling author’s sardonic wit
 Ferran Adrià, chef
7:45 pm
Wed 03 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Wed 03 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Famous for his pioneering culinary techniques, the chef has been applauded and imitated around the world
Famous for his pioneering culinary techniques, the chef has been applauded and imitated around the...

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Wed 03 Jun 2020
8:00 pm | Wed 03 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Packed with wit, energy and heartache, it's a new anthology of Ethiopian Amharic poetry in English
Packed with wit, energy and heartache, it's a new anthology of Ethiopian Amharic poetry in...
Laura Bates, writer
7:45 pm
Thu 04 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 04 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The founder of the Everyday Sexism Project discusses her explosive new book
The founder of the Everyday Sexism Project discusses her explosive new book
Children at poetry workshop

Free

Free

Various times
17 Jan 2020 - 10 Jul 2020
Various times | 17 Jan 2020 - 10 Jul 2020
family & young people
poetry
Find your spot on the poem rug for a short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s
Find your spot on the poem rug for a short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s
Out-Spoken Poetry Masterclass attendees
1:00 pm
Sat 06 Jun 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 06 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Write your own truth at a workshop with the freethinking poet and host of Out-Spoken Joelle Taylor
Write your own truth at a workshop with the freethinking poet and host of Out-Spoken Joelle Taylor
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Wed 10 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Wed 10 Jun 2020
gigs
literature & poetry
Settle in for an evening of live music and poetry, headlined by Fiona Benson and Wayne Holloway-Smith
Settle in for an evening of live music and poetry, headlined by Fiona Benson and Wayne...
Anthony David
7:30 pm
Mon 22 Jun 2020
7:30 pm | Mon 22 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Do mental health problems lie in a person’s biology, their psychology or their circumstances?
Do mental health problems lie in a person’s biology, their psychology or their circumstances?

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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