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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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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

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...
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
6:30 pm
Mon 13 Jul 2020
6:30 pm | Mon 13 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Playful and profound, innovative and humane, poet Edwin Morgan’s work comes alive at our book club
Playful and profound, innovative and humane, poet Edwin Morgan’s work comes alive at our book club
8:00 pm
Wed 02 Sep 2020
8:00 pm | Wed 02 Sep 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Join us for the premiere of a new film and poster publication by the legendary London writer
Join us for the premiere of a new film and poster publication by the legendary London writer

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