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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Child enjoying Rug Rhymes at Southbank Centre

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Free

10:30 am
18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
10:30 am | 18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
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A short session of nursery rhymes, poems and stories for under-5s and their carers
A short session of nursery rhymes, poems and stories for under-5s and their carers
Photo of a girl holding up a drawing she has done at a Southbank Centre poetry workshop
11:30 am
18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
11:30 am | 18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
Create cosmic illustrations that take poems to a different dimension at a children’s workshop with Ed Boxall
Create cosmic illustrations that take poems to a different dimension at a children’s workshop with...
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Illustration of a dog for the Woof Woof Wag Wag Puppy Poems event at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
1:30 pm
18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
1:30 pm | 18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
Pad along to hear poems about our waggiest friends at this poetry reading for ages 5 - 7
Pad along to hear poems about our waggiest friends at this poetry reading for ages 5 - 7
Photo of an audience of children and adults at the National Poetry Library at Southbank Centre
3:00 pm
18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
3:00 pm | 18 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
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In the mood for some powerfully persuasive poetry? Pile in to a poetry reading for ages 8 - 11
In the mood for some powerfully persuasive poetry? Pile in to a poetry reading for ages 8 - 11
Drawing of Women
8:00 pm
6 Mar 2019 - 6 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | 6 Mar 2019 - 6 Mar 2019
Literature
Poetry
Explore, experiment, celebrate difference and make noise with the all-women’s sound and performance collective
Explore, experiment, celebrate difference and make noise with the all-women’s sound and...
Night photo of  Simpang Semanggi, Jakarta

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Free

8:00 pm
14 Mar 2019 - 14 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | 14 Mar 2019 - 14 Mar 2019
Literature
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Venture beyond the pantun with this line-up of celebrated Indonesian poets
Venture beyond the pantun with this line-up of celebrated Indonesian poets
WS Graham, poet

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Free

6:30 pm
25 Mar 2019 - 25 Mar 2019
6:30 pm | 25 Mar 2019 - 25 Mar 2019
Literature
Poetry
Uncover the work of Scottish poet WS Graham at National Poetry Library's spring book club
Uncover the work of Scottish poet WS Graham at National Poetry Library's spring book club

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