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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Image credit Barrie Tullett

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Free

Various times
30 Apr 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
Various times | 30 Apr 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Journey to Paradise with artist Barrie Tullett in an exhibition responding to the Divine Comedy
Journey to Paradise with artist Barrie Tullett in an exhibition responding to the Divine Comedy
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Thu 20 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 20 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
 David Olusoga
7:00 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The historian delves into the Windrush scandal at a screening of his new documentary, followed by a talk
The historian delves into the Windrush scandal at a screening of his new documentary, followed by a...
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
Headshot of Ocean Vuong, American poet
7:15 pm
Tue 02 Jul 2019
7:15 pm | Tue 02 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The poet reflects on his debut novel: an exploration of race, class and masculinity in contemporary America
The poet reflects on his debut novel: an exploration of race, class and masculinity in contemporary...
Kayo Chingonyi, poet

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Wed 03 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 03 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Hear the freshest voices in contemporary poetry read from their new pamphlets
Hear the freshest voices in contemporary poetry read from their new pamphlets
365 Stories and Music, Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
James Robertson, writer
2:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Keep it short and sweet in this workshop on the art of the 365-word story
Keep it short and sweet in this workshop on the art of the 365-word story
 Maggie Nelson, writer
7:15 pm
Mon 08 Jul 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 08 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
In an exclusive UK event, the bestselling writer discusses her electrifying, category-defying work
In an exclusive UK event, the bestselling writer discusses her electrifying, category-defying work
Workshop participants sat at a table
1:00 pm
Sat 13 Jul 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 13 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Uncover your creativity at a poetry workshop with the author of incisive, intimate poetry
Uncover your creativity at a poetry workshop with the author of incisive, intimate poetry
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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