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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Bridget Riley, High Sky (detail), 1991. Oil on canvas. 165 x 227 cm. © Bridget Riley 2018. All rights reserved.
Various times
23 Oct 2019 - 26 Jan 2020
Various times | 23 Oct 2019 - 26 Jan 2020
art & exhibitions
A major retrospective exhibition spanning 70 years of this celebrated British artist’s work
A major retrospective exhibition spanning 70 years of this celebrated British artist’s work
View of a Bridget Riley poster outside Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

Various times
23 Oct 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
Various times | 23 Oct 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
art & exhibitions
Celebrate the work of the iconic British artist away from the crowds at a Members’ Private View
Celebrate the work of the iconic British artist away from the crowds at a Members’ Private View

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Tue 05 Nov 2019
1:30 pm | Tue 05 Nov 2019
courses & workshops
Expand your creativity on a nine-week film-making programme for people with dementia
Expand your creativity on a nine-week film-making programme for people with dementia
Rachel Long
7:00 pm
Mon 11 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 11 Nov 2019
courses & workshops
In a five-week poetry course inspired by Bridget Riley, explore colour, movement and light in language
In a five-week poetry course inspired by Bridget Riley, explore colour, movement and light in...
Emyr Williams, artist/writer
7:00 pm
Mon 18 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 18 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
courses & workshops
Communicate with colour through paint and collage in a four-week course inspired by Bridget Riley
Communicate with colour through paint and collage in a four-week course inspired by Bridget Riley
Mini Khalvati, poet
8:00 pm
Wed 20 Nov 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 20 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Hear some of the best written and spoken-word poetry in our latest series of late-night salons
Hear some of the best written and spoken-word poetry in our latest series of late-night salons
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 the hypnotic rhythms of Steve Reich’s drumming amid a major Bridget Riley retrospective
Encounter the hypnotic rhythms of Steve Reich’s drumming amid a major Bridget Riley retrospective
Sold out
View of the interior stairs at Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Sun 15 Dec 2019
4:00 pm | Sun 15 Dec 2019
accessible events
british sign language
Experienced tour guide Martin Glover delivers a BSL tour of our Riley retrospective
Experienced tour guide Martin Glover delivers a BSL tour of our Riley retrospective
Bridget Riley, Pink Landscape, 1960 © Bridget Riley 2019. All rights reserved.

Free

Free

10:00 am
Wed 08 Jan 2020
10:00 am | Wed 08 Jan 2020
accessible events
relaxed performances
A relaxed and calm environment for visitors with access requirements
A relaxed and calm environment for visitors with access requirements
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

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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