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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Audience at the main stage, Pride Carnival in the Gardens, 1987

Free

Free

Various times
7 Jul 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Various times | 7 Jul 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
Did you know that Pride was held on the South Bank in the 1980s? See the photos and add your story
Did you know that Pride was held on the South Bank in the 1980s? See the photos and add your story
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...
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

1:30 pm
Mon 22 Jul 2019
1:30 pm | Mon 22 Jul 2019
Dance away a summer’s afternoon at our fun and free tea dance
Dance away a summer’s afternoon at our fun and free tea dance
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Mon 22 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 22 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Take a seat for an evening of poetry, featuring Morgan Parker, Brian Patten and Hannah Sullivan
Take a seat for an evening of poetry, featuring Morgan Parker, Brian Patten and Hannah Sullivan
Sold out
Jean-Paul Gaultier, fashion designer
6:00 pm
Tue 23 Jul 2019
6:00 pm | Tue 23 Jul 2019
performance & theatre
talks & debates
The man behind the conical bustier: Jean Paul Gaultier discusses his decades at the forefront of fashion
The man behind the conical bustier: Jean Paul Gaultier discusses his decades at the forefront of...
Fashion Freak Show at Southbank Centre
Various times
23 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019
Various times | 23 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Enter the fashion designer’s world at a glittering show laden with attitude, humour and excess
Enter the fashion designer’s world at a glittering show laden with attitude, humour and excess
Film still from Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Free

Free

9:15 pm
Wed 24 Jul 2019
9:15 pm | Wed 24 Jul 2019
tours & activities
film screenings
Don’t feed the plants... Just sit back and relax at this outdoor screening of the creepy musical film
Don’t feed the plants... Just sit back and relax at this outdoor screening of the creepy musical...
Batty Mama performer

Free

Free

Various times
11 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
Various times | 11 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
gigs
pop
Unwind to old-school summer anthems at the south London collective's DJ residency
Unwind to old-school summer anthems at the south London collective's DJ residency
Ben Chatwin, composer and producer
7:45 pm
Thu 25 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 25 Jul 2019
gigs
contemporary classical
An evening of expansive music and visuals with live performances from CUTS, Ben Chatwin and Snow Palms
An evening of expansive music and visuals with live performances from CUTS, Ben Chatwin and Snow...

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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