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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WS Graham, poet

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Mon 25 Mar 2019
6:30 pm | Mon 25 Mar 2019
Literature
Poetry
Uncover the work of Scottish poet WS Graham at National Poetry Library's spring book club
Uncover the work of Scottish poet WS Graham at National Poetry Library's spring book club
Image credit Barrie Tullett

Free

Free

Various times
30 Apr 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
Various times | 30 Apr 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
Art
Literature
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
 Ten Years of Long Poem Magazine

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Wed 03 Apr 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 03 Apr 2019
Literature
Poetry
Celebrate the magazine's 10th birthday with editors Linda Black and Claire Crowther and guest poets
Celebrate the magazine's 10th birthday with editors Linda Black and Claire Crowther and guest...
Image credit Barrie Tullett

Free

Free

7:30 pm
Tue 30 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 30 Apr 2019
Art
Literature
See the Divine Comedy anew at the launch of Barrie Tullett's exhibition responding to the epic poem
See the Divine Comedy anew at the launch of Barrie Tullett's exhibition responding to the epic...
Bang Said The Gun, poet on stage with a Mic
8:00 pm
Wed 08 May 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 08 May 2019
Literature
Poetry
Like mud wrestling, only with words: the stand-up poetry night that's an antidote to dreary poetry
Like mud wrestling, only with words: the stand-up poetry night that's an antidote to dreary...
Unavailable
8:00 pm
Wed 05 Jun 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 05 Jun 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Poets Kate Davis, Abi Palmer and Meryl Pugh reflect on gender, disability, place and the body
Poets Kate Davis, Abi Palmer and Meryl Pugh reflect on gender, disability, place and the body
Kayo Chingonyi, poet

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Wed 03 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 03 Jul 2019
Literature
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
John Hegley, Cina Aissa and Mike Tomes leaning against a wall
8:00 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
Literature
Poetry
From the French: the poet, comedian and musician John Hegley reflects on his Gallic roots
From the French: the poet, comedian and musician John Hegley reflects on his Gallic roots

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