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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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...
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

Free

Free

Various times
13 Jun 2019 - 4 Jul 2019
Various times | 13 Jun 2019 - 4 Jul 2019
Call out to young artists, allies and thinkers: help create a manifesto and takeover event for Kiss My Genders
Call out to young artists, allies and thinkers: help create a manifesto and takeover event for Kiss...
Mary Jean Chan, author
8:00 pm
Wed 26 Jun 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 26 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Our new series of regular late night poetry salons is back with its summer edition
Our new series of regular late night poetry salons is back with its summer edition
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...
Two young people in the interior of Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

7:30 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
Go deeper into the themes of the exhibition at a peer-led takeover event for under-18s
Go deeper into the themes of the exhibition at a peer-led takeover event for under-18s
High Sky, 1991. Oil on canvas. 165 x 227 cm. Copyright Bridget Riley 2018. All rights reserved.
Various times
23 Oct 2019 - 26 Jan 2020
Various times | 23 Oct 2019 - 26 Jan 2020
art & exhibitions
23 OCT 2019 – 26 JAN 2020: A major retrospective exhibition spanning 70 years of this celebrated British artist’s work
23 OCT 2019 – 26 JAN 2020: A major retrospective exhibition spanning 70 years of this celebrated...
Drumming with Colin Currie Group
Various times
6 Dec 2019 - 7 Dec 2019
Various times | 6 Dec 2019 - 7 Dec 2019
art & exhibitions
classical music
Encounter Steve Reich’s mind-bending phrasing effect amid a major Bridget Riley retrospective
Encounter Steve Reich’s mind-bending phrasing effect amid a major Bridget Riley retrospective
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Sean Shibe, guitarist
Various times
Fri 10 Jan 2020
Various times | Fri 10 Jan 2020
art & exhibitions
classical music
A rousing performance of old and new music for guitar within our major Bridget Riley retrospective
A rousing performance of old and new music for guitar within our major Bridget Riley retrospective
Tour groups in Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

Various times
Tue 31 Mar 2020
Various times | Tue 31 Mar 2020
art & exhibitions
Bring your secondary school class to discover the artist’s multimedia work through the eyes of their peers
Bring your secondary school class to discover the artist’s multimedia work through the eyes of...

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