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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Girl and guardian at Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

10:30 am
Wed 23 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Wed 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
courses & workshops
Conjure up your own fairy tale with mysterious paper-cut art in a story workshop
Conjure up your own fairy tale with mysterious paper-cut art in a story workshop
A child colouring at a workshop

Free

Free

Various times
21 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
Various times | 21 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
tours & activities
family & young people
Set off on a do-it-yourself adventure for families, as magical as the words ‘once upon a time’
Set off on a do-it-yourself adventure for families, as magical as the words ‘once upon a time’
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Free

Free

Various times
16 Oct 2019 - 17 Nov 2019
Various times | 16 Oct 2019 - 17 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Toast to Beat poet, painter and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th birthday at this exhibition
Toast to Beat poet, painter and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th birthday at this...
Various times
4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
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
Children at workshop

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
12:30 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
‘Once upon a time’ goes live and interactive in a rambunctious storytelling performance
‘Once upon a time’ goes live and interactive in a rambunctious storytelling performance
I Believe in Unicorns, part of London Literature Festival
Various times
22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
Various times | 22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
performance & dance
Tomas’ world changes the day he meets the Unicorn Lady, in a show based on Michael Morpurgo’s children's book
Tomas’ world changes the day he meets the Unicorn Lady, in a show based on Michael Morpurgo’s...
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Baby Yaga, part of London Literature Festival
Various times
22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
Various times | 22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
performance & dance
A new take on an old Russian folktale, guaranteed to give you lots to chew on
A new take on an old Russian folktale, guaranteed to give you lots to chew on

Free

Free

6:15 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
6:15 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
classical music
Student musicians from the Royal College of Music perform chamber works by Thomas Adès
Student musicians from the Royal College of Music perform chamber works by Thomas Adès
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
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
Thomas Ades, conductor

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Witness the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Holst’s stunning astrological suite
Witness the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Holst’s stunning astrological suite
Brett Anderson, singer-songwriter

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Here they come, the beautiful ones: Suede's frontman reads from his second volume of memoirs
Here they come, the beautiful ones: Suede's frontman reads from his second volume of memoirs
Audience at the main stage, Pride Carnival in the Gardens, 1987

Free

Free

Various times
7 Jul 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Various times | 7 Jul 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Did you know that Pride was held on the South Bank in the 1980s? See the photos and add your story
Did you know that Pride was held on the South Bank in the 1980s? See the photos and add your story
Readers in The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
17 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
Various times | 17 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Voices from our Poetry for Dementia programme come through loud and clear in a sound installation
Voices from our Poetry for Dementia programme come through loud and clear in a sound installation
The Test, HMO Greenock Koestler exhibiton
Various times
19 Sep 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
Various times | 19 Sep 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
Unlocking the artistic talent inside the criminal justice system, it's the annual Koestler Awards exhibition
Unlocking the artistic talent inside the criminal justice system, it's the annual Koestler...

Free

Free

10:30 am
Thu 24 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Thu 24 Oct 2019
courses & workshops
family & young people
Learn Indian dance moves for the whole family to tell an enchanting story of creation and care
Learn Indian dance moves for the whole family to tell an enchanting story of creation and care
Koestler - Another Me: Story Circle

Free

Free

11:00 am
Thu 24 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
courses & workshops
The stories that shape us: find out how group story-making engenders trust at a free session
The stories that shape us: find out how group story-making engenders trust at a free session
Children listening to stories

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
12:30 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
family & young people
Submerge yourself in an ancient tale from dancer Anusha Subramanyam, or join in and make a splash
Submerge yourself in an ancient tale from dancer Anusha Subramanyam, or join in and make a splash
Gérard Pesson, composer

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Discover the music of French composer Gérard Pesson with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Discover the music of French composer Gérard Pesson with the Philharmonia Orchestra
7:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Whether you’ve been writing for a while or are just starting, get some tips on the routes to publication
Whether you’ve been writing for a while or are just starting, get some tips on the routes to...
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Querulous Insomnia, HM Prison Shotts, acrylic on canvas
7:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Hear illuminating performances of written and recorded work produced in the UK’s prisons
Hear illuminating performances of written and recorded work produced in the UK’s prisons
Sol Gabetta, cellist

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
classical music
Lap up music inspired by two very different landscapes with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Lap up music inspired by two very different landscapes with the Philharmonia Orchestra

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Break down what’s behind contemporary Britain's culture, attitudes and roots at this talk
Break down what’s behind contemporary Britain's culture, attitudes and roots at this talk
King Midas Sound

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Multi-buy discount

9:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
9:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
gigs
electronic
Lean into the sound of loss with a live performance of the group’s ‘deep and dark’ fourth album
Lean into the sound of loss with a live performance of the group’s ‘deep and dark’ fourth...
Children Craft Workshop

Free

Free

10:30 am
Fri 25 Oct 2019
10:30 am | Fri 25 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
courses & workshops
Two children follow a trail of breadcrumbs in the woods... to discover a bookcase heaving with edible books!
Two children follow a trail of breadcrumbs in the woods... to discover a bookcase heaving with...
Eoin Colfer, writer
11:00 am
Fri 25 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Fri 25 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
family & young people
Introducing his new series, the author discusses the genesis of magic and the inherent hilarity of head lice
Introducing his new series, the author discusses the genesis of magic and the inherent hilarity of...

Free

Free

Various times
6 Sep 2019 - 22 Dec 2019
Various times | 6 Sep 2019 - 22 Dec 2019
Tangy, spicy, sticky, sweet and fresh: our street food market is bursting with flavours for you to try
Tangy, spicy, sticky, sweet and fresh: our street food market is bursting with flavours for you to...

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 25 Oct 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 25 Oct 2019
family & young people
literature & poetry
Come, gather round for wild and wonderful music and stories for all ages, inspired by fairy tales
Come, gather round for wild and wonderful music and stories for all ages, inspired by fairy tales

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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