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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7:00 pm
Sun 19 May 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 19 May 2019
classical music
Bhattacharya returns to London after her 2017 UK debut tour
Bhattacharya returns to London after her 2017 UK debut tour
Various times
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Various times | 1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
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...
Donnerstag aus Licht performance onstage

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Mon 20 May 2019
2:00 pm | Mon 20 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Composers: come and see a dress rehearsal of Stockhausen’s monumental opera, Donnerstag aus Licht
Composers: come and see a dress rehearsal of Stockhausen’s monumental opera, Donnerstag aus Licht
Olga Tokarczuk at the Man Booker podium
7:45 pm
Mon 20 May 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 20 May 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Join this year’s shortlisted authors and translators for an evening of readings and conversation
Join this year’s shortlisted authors and translators for an evening of readings and conversation

Free

Free

Various times
18 Sep 2018 - 16 Jul 2019
Various times | 18 Sep 2018 - 16 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
Various times | 7 May 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
courses & workshops
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Donnerstag aus Licht performance onstage
Various times
21 May 2019 - 22 May 2019
Various times | 21 May 2019 - 22 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
See Stockhausen’s monumental opera for the first time since 1985
See Stockhausen’s monumental opera for the first time since 1985
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
Beverley Knight, recording artist
7:30 pm
Thu 23 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 23 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra

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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