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.

Hayward Gallery reopened on 25 January to much acclaim. The Guardian called it ‘a brutal beauty remade’ and The Times said ‘the Hayward has had a glorious rebirth.’

We now need your help to finish restoring Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room to a world-class standard. Please donate today to help us get over the line, or why not name a seat for yourself or a loved one for the next ten years.

Every gift to support the campaign will really make a difference.

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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Dragon Babies - Gamelan for 3-5 year olds, Gamelan Room
Various times
until 16 Jul 2018
Various times | until 16 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
© Andreas Gursky/DACS, 2017. Courtesy: Sprüth Magers
Various times
until 22 Apr 2018
Various times | until 22 Apr 2018
Art
Hayward Gallery reopens with the first major UK retrospective of Andreas Gursky’s work
Hayward Gallery reopens with the first major UK retrospective of Andreas Gursky’s work
Various times
until 29 Apr 2018
Various times | until 29 Apr 2018
Art
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker

Free

Free

Various times
Mon 26 Feb 2018
Various times | Mon 26 Feb 2018
Classical music
Meet UK and international organ societies, publishers and more at our annual Organ Fair
Meet UK and international organ societies, publishers and more at our annual Organ Fair

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Mon 26 Feb 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 26 Feb 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Daniel Cook performs Louis Vierne’s grand Sixth Organ Symphony
Daniel Cook performs Louis Vierne’s grand Sixth Organ Symphony
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
until 17 Jul 2018
Various times | until 17 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
© Andreas Gursky/DACS, 2017. Courtesy: Sprüth Magers

Free

Free

10:30 am
Tue 27 Feb 2018
10:30 am | Tue 27 Feb 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Mark the reopening of Hayward Gallery in a special day for primary schools
Mark the reopening of Hayward Gallery in a special day for primary schools
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
until 29 Mar 2018
Various times | until 29 Mar 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
Gather a group and have a go at playing the gamelan
Gather a group and have a go at playing the gamelan
Various times
until 27 Feb 2018
Various times | until 27 Feb 2018
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:00 pm
Tue 27 Feb 2018
7:00 pm | Tue 27 Feb 2018
Classical music
Opera
What wins out, love or duty? Find out as the OAE tells a classic story set to music by Haydn
What wins out, love or duty? Find out as the OAE tells a classic story set to music by Haydn
Various times
until 18 Apr 2018
Various times | until 18 Apr 2018
Art
Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA with these specially adapted tours
Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA with these specially adapted tours

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 28 Feb 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 28 Feb 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear the LPO perform Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, conducted by Vasily Petrenko
Hear the LPO perform Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, conducted by Vasily Petrenko
IPS 2017/18

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 28 Feb 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 28 Feb 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg first rose to prominence while still in his teens
The Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg first rose to prominence while still in his teens
Various times
1 Mar 2018 - 25 Mar 2018
Various times | 1 Mar 2018 - 25 Mar 2018
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
Immerse yourself in Southbank Centre’s brutalist history in this tour
7:30 pm
Thu 01 Mar 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Mar 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Mark the Year of the Dog with conductor Long Yu’s Chinese New Year Celebration concert
Mark the Year of the Dog with conductor Long Yu’s Chinese New Year Celebration concert
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016

Free

Free

Various times
until 13 Jul 2018
Various times | until 13 Jul 2018
Dance & Performance
Literature
A short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under 5s and their carers
A short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under 5s and their carers

Free

Free

Various times
until 25 Mar 2018
Various times | until 25 Mar 2018
Enjoy some of the best street food in London at our food market
Enjoy some of the best street food in London at our food market

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 02 Mar 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 02 Mar 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Get some folk music in during lunchtime with Dipper Malkin
Get some folk music in during lunchtime with Dipper Malkin
8:00 pm
Fri 02 Mar 2018
8:00 pm | Fri 02 Mar 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Dance to 40 years of reggae selected by David Rodigan and performed by the 25-piece Outlook Orchestra
Dance to 40 years of reggae selected by David Rodigan and performed by the 25-piece Outlook...
12:00 pm
Sat 03 Mar 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 03 Mar 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Take an in-depth look at Stephen Sondheim’s extensive musical career
Take an in-depth look at Stephen Sondheim’s extensive musical career
Various times
3 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
Various times | 3 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public
Get a sneak peek into the areas of Royal Festival Hall usually not open to the public

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Sat 03 Mar 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Mar 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Diana Damrau and the LPO perform Strauss’ Four Last Songs.
Diana Damrau and the LPO perform Strauss’ Four Last Songs.
7:30 pm
Sun 04 Mar 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 04 Mar 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Carl Davis conducts his own scores for two gems of Hollywood’s silent era
Carl Davis conducts his own scores for two gems of Hollywood’s silent era
Various times
until 2 Jul 2018
Various times | until 2 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
Städel
8:00 pm
Mon 05 Mar 2018
8:00 pm | Mon 05 Mar 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Writers, curators and critics discuss photography and the urban environment
Writers, curators and critics discuss photography and the urban environment
7:30 pm
Tue 06 Mar 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Mar 2018
Classical music
Choral
Travel from darkness to light in works connected by the common theme of seeking salvation
Travel from darkness to light in works connected by the common theme of seeking salvation
11:30 am
Wed 07 Mar 2018
11:30 am | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Why does gender equality in our sector matter so much and what can we do to level the playing field?
Why does gender equality in our sector matter so much and what can we do to level the playing field?
6:30 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
6:30 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Members are invited to an exclusive update on this year’s WOW festival
Members are invited to an exclusive update on this year’s WOW festival
7:00 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
7:00 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Theatre
Dance & Performance
Get ready for hilariously irreverent and teary recreations of women’s speeches throughout history
Get ready for hilariously irreverent and teary recreations of women’s speeches throughout history
8:00 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
8:00 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Theatre
Dance & Performance
Drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson performs the courageous story of Joan of Arc
Drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson performs the courageous story of Joan of Arc

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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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Take a look behind the scenes as our on-site renovation work nears completion
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Take a look back through fifty years of the Queen Elizabeth Hall

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