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

donate

Please donate today and help Southbank Centre continue to be a place where everyone can experience world-class art and culture

donate now

 

name a seat

Make a lasting connection with our much-loved Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

name a seat

Soundpit at Southbank Centre
Various times
22 May 2019 - 23 May 2019
Various times | 22 May 2019 - 23 May 2019
art & exhibitions
courses & workshops
Bring your pupils to play in giant sensory sandpits, creating music and designs through movement
Bring your pupils to play in giant sensory sandpits, creating music and designs through movement
Kate Cooper, We Need Sanctuary, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

Free

Free

Various times
15 May 2019 - 23 Jun 2019
Various times | 15 May 2019 - 23 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
15 MAY – 23 JUN 2019: A free HENI Project Space exhibition of a large-scale video installation exploring gender, technology and the body
15 MAY – 23 JUN 2019: A free HENI Project Space exhibition of a large-scale video installation...
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
family & young people
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and designs through movement
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and...
Juliana Huxtable Untitled (Lil’ Marvel) 2015, image courtesy of the artist and Project Native Informant London.
Various times
12 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
Various times | 12 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
art & exhibitions
12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019: A group exhibition exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
12 JUN – 8 SEP 2019: A group exhibition exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
Interior view of Attia's 2019 exhibition at Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
5:00 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
courses & workshops
Teachers are invited to explore ways of talking about gender through the Kiss My Genders exhibition
Teachers are invited to explore ways of talking about gender through the Kiss My Genders exhibition
Nicholas Hlobo, artist
7:00 pm
Wed 19 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 19 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
An arm and hand with small illustrations drawn on

Free

Free

Various times
Sun 23 Jun 2019
Various times | Sun 23 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
How does it feel to be a refugee? An interactive installation by Tania El Khoury and Basel Zaraa explores
How does it feel to be a refugee? An interactive installation by Tania El Khoury and Basel Zaraa...
Hicham Berrada, Augures mathématiques, 2019 (detail). C-Print. © ADAGP Hicham Berrada. Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris/London

Free

Free

Various times
3 Jul 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
Various times | 3 Jul 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
art & exhibitions
3 JUL – 18 AUG: A free HENI Project Space exhibition of kaleidoscopic works bringing together art and science
3 JUL – 18 AUG: A free HENI Project Space exhibition of kaleidoscopic works bringing together art...
7:00 pm
Fri 12 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 12 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
An evening of performance, poetry, screenings and discussion exploring gender identity and gender fluidity
An evening of performance, poetry, screenings and discussion exploring gender identity and gender...
Sisters Uncut set off rainbow-coloured smoke in solidarity with LGBTQ+ migrants during a demonstration in support of detainees at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre
7:00 pm
Thu 18 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 18 Jul 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Artists Ajamu, Holly Falconer, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Del LaGrace Volcano in a talk chaired by Paul Clinton
Artists Ajamu, Holly Falconer, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Del LaGrace Volcano in a talk chaired by Paul...

Pages

Let The Light In stories

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