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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12:00 pm
23 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
12:00 pm | 23 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Classical music
Take a closer look at Beethoven’s piano concertos in this study day
Take a closer look at Beethoven’s piano concertos in this study day
Transit: A study of love, death and disappearance, by Heather McDonough
7:00 pm
25 Feb 2019 - 25 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | 25 Feb 2019 - 25 Feb 2019
Art
View life through the lens of Diane Arbus on our five-week photography course
View life through the lens of Diane Arbus on our five-week photography course
Analogue antique camera
9:30 am
23 Mar 2019 - 23 Mar 2019
9:30 am | 23 Mar 2019 - 23 Mar 2019
Art
Examine Diane Arbus' work and her impact on photography and feminism at a half-day of study
Examine Diane Arbus' work and her impact on photography and feminism at a half-day of study
12:00 pm
27 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
12:00 pm | 27 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
Examine Philip Glass’ collaboration with Bowie in this study day
Examine Philip Glass’ collaboration with Bowie in this study day
From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
12:00 pm
27 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
12:00 pm | 27 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11 – 18
Come and explore ensemble music-making, for ages 11 – 18
Woman playing Gamelan
7:00 pm
8 May 2019 - 8 May 2019
7:00 pm | 8 May 2019 - 8 May 2019
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Adults playing Gamelan
6:00 pm
9 May 2019 - 9 May 2019
6:00 pm | 9 May 2019 - 9 May 2019
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
Take your gamelan-playing skills to the next level with this intermediate course
People singing and playing Gamelan
8:00 pm
9 May 2019 - 9 May 2019
8:00 pm | 9 May 2019 - 9 May 2019
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Put your gamelan experience to the test with our advanced course
Adult group playing Gamelan
7:00 pm
13 May 2019 - 13 May 2019
7:00 pm | 13 May 2019 - 13 May 2019
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
12:00 pm
1 Jun 2019 - 1 Jun 2019
12:00 pm | 1 Jun 2019 - 1 Jun 2019
Classical music
Discover the transformative influence Stockhausen had on contemporary music in this study day
Discover the transformative influence Stockhausen had on contemporary music in this study day

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