Artist's impression of the Hayward Gallery when it reopens in 2018 with new roof lights

Let The Light In: How Hayward Gallery is getting ready for 2018

Let The Light In

You can play a key part in our work to restore Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery for future generations.

It’s fifty years since our much-loved arts venues first opened their doors. At the heart of our programme they have hosted exceptional shows and exhibitions, inspiring generations of audiences.

However, these iconic buildings had begun to suffer for their art, and so in September 2015 they were closed to the public to allow us to carry out vital restoration work. 

Let The Light In is our campaign to help fund this vital refurbishment. The £35million project has been funded by Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund, and through generous Southbank Centre friends, but for it and us to succeed, we need your help.

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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Please donate today and help us to refurbish these iconic spaces for future generations.

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Make a lasting connection with our much-loved Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

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Various times | 15 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
Literature
Poetry
A session of nursery rhymes and stories for under-5s and their carers
Southbank Centre Food Market.Stall V1 - Shackle's.August 2016

Free

Various times | 30 Jun 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
Southbank Centre Market is a food lover's perfect destination

Free

1:00 pm | 22 Sep 2017
See self-taught multi instrumentalist Chisara Agor this lunchtime

Free

Various times | 21 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Help us plan the eighth WOW London

Free

5:30 pm | 22 Sep 2017
Gigs
Folk & World
Discover the haunting sounds of this Faroese-Canadian singer
11:30 am | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Hear from religious leaders, writers and philosopher on where we should look for moral guidance
11:30 am | 23 Sep 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Join talks and debates on religion, spirituality, belief and the world
12:00 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Come and explore ensemble music-making for ages 11-18
1:00 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Hear this debate on the moral, spiritual and legal issues of abortion
1:00 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Hear the differing voices on the key issue of same-sex marriage rights in this debate
2:30 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
Discover how science enhances our understanding of whether human beings are innately good
2:30 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
Discuss the differences and similarities within religions
4:00 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
Are we ready to move past the ideas of good and evil?

Free

5:45 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Talks & Topics
Hear about Enescu's drama in this pre-performance talk
7:00 pm | 23 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
Sir Willard White, Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO perform Enescu’s powerful opera Oedipe
Various times | 2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
See Southbank Centre from a whole new perspective in this tour
Various times | 30 Jul 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
3:30 pm | 24 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Explore birdsong and man’s relationship with the natural world, in this Aurora Orchestra concert
7:30 pm | 24 Sep 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Delve into the fashion designer and activist’s love of literature in her keynote talk
Various times | 18 Sep 2017 - 16 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones

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How your support will make a difference

Your donation will help us to let natural light into the venues, by replacing the worn out pyramid roof lights on Hayward Gallery, and introducing new glazing to Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer to give views of the river. And your support will also help us improve the experience in our auditoria, through refurbished seats, improved acoustics and state-of-the-art production and technical equipment for Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

We would be squandering the Hayward Gallery’s history if we didn’t invest in its now and its future, and that’s what we’ve got to do.
Jude Kelly CBE, Southbank Centre Artistic Director

Let The Light In stories

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Enjoy a unique view of the final pyramid rooflight's delivery to the gallery roof.
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Take a look back through fifty years of the Queen Elizabeth Hall