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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Aleksandra Mir Presents the Pre-Presidential Library

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Various times
7 Jan 2019 - 4 Feb 2019
Various times | 7 Jan 2019 - 4 Feb 2019
Art
Artists & Thinkers
7 JAN – 4 FEB 2019: A free HENI Project Space exhibition featuring US tabloid coverage of Donald Trump, from 1986 to 2000
7 JAN – 4 FEB 2019: A free HENI Project Space exhibition featuring US tabloid coverage of Donald...
 Julie Cohen holding an umbrella in a cemetery
7:30 pm
28 Jan 2019 - 28 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | 28 Jan 2019 - 28 Jan 2019
Literature
Poetry
Popular author Julie Cohen headlines the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon in its first showcase of 2019
Popular author Julie Cohen headlines the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon in its first showcase of 2019
Stephanie Yeboah, journalist and blogger

Free

Free

7:00 pm
31 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | 31 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2019
Talks & Topics
Society & Activism
Whose space is it anyway? Examine the politics of fatness in an age of body positivity
Whose space is it anyway? Examine the politics of fatness in an age of body positivity
Kader Attia - Chaos + Repair = Universe, 2014
11:00 am
13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
11:00 am | 13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
13 FEB - 6 MAY 2019: The first UK survey exhibition of Kader Attia’s playful and thought-provoking work
13 FEB - 6 MAY 2019: The first UK survey exhibition of Kader Attia’s playful and thought-provoking...
Kader Attia, visual artist
7:00 pm
13 Feb 2019 - 13 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | 13 Feb 2019 - 13 Feb 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
The artist discusses the themes behind his Hayward Gallery exhibition The Museum of Emotion
The artist discusses the themes behind his Hayward Gallery exhibition The Museum of Emotion
Stacey Dooley, documentary filmmaker and author
7:30 pm
13 Feb 2019 - 13 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | 13 Feb 2019 - 13 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Uncover stories from incredible women with the BBC3 presenter on the publication of her paperback
Uncover stories from incredible women with the BBC3 presenter on the publication of her paperback
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Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 6 May 2019
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13 FEB - 6 MAY 2019: An exhibition exploring the first seven years of the influential photographer’s career
13 FEB - 6 MAY 2019: An exhibition exploring the first seven years of the influential...
The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC.  All Rights Reserved.
7:00 pm
14 Feb 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | 14 Feb 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
Hear from a panel chaired by arts writer Liz Jobey on the rarely seen early work of Diane Arbus
Hear from a panel chaired by arts writer Liz Jobey on the rarely seen early work of Diane Arbus
VG Lee, author
7:30 pm
15 Feb 2019 - 15 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | 15 Feb 2019 - 15 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
VG Lee headlines as Polari marks LGBTQ+ History Month with mayhem and sparkle
VG Lee headlines as Polari marks LGBTQ+ History Month with mayhem and sparkle
Man Booker 50 headshots
7:30 pm
25 Feb 2019 - 25 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | 25 Feb 2019 - 25 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The Man Booker winning author launches the first novel in his Dark Star trilogy
The Man Booker winning author launches the first novel in his Dark Star trilogy

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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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