How your support helps

Southbank Centre believes that art and culture has the power to help change lives for the better. Every year we present as many free activities as possible so everyone can have the opportunity to experience and enjoy world-class art and culture. Your kind donations mean we can continue to be a place that is open and welcoming to all, where people can discover their own creativity and connect with others.

Here are just a few of the ways that your incredible support makes a difference.

Inspiring the next generation about visual art


Our home borough of Lambeth is one of the most deprived boroughs in London. Many local school children have never had the opportunity to step inside a gallery before. But thanks to you, we’re changing that. In January 2018 we launched our School Takeover Day, inviting 250 children from six local schools to explore Hayward Gallery’s Andreas Gursky exhibition in their own way. The day’s activities were planned by children for their fellow pupils, and included tours and workshops.

The Schools Takeover Day gives local children the chance to explore artwork on their own terms, and see Hayward Gallery as a place that welcomes them.
Alice Chesterman, Southbank Centre Education Manager

Helping young people experience the thrill of live music


Your generous support means Southbank Centre can offer free tickets to children and teenagers so they can experience the thrill of live music in our concert halls, often for the first time. We also programme family-friendly concerts and free weekly lunchtime concerts to give everyone an opportunity to enjoy new music in a welcoming atmosphere.

The majority of our students are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and though live locally haven’t had an opportunity to experience arts events. That’s why we value our relationship with Southbank Centre.
Local Headteacher

A chance to discover green fingers


Our beautiful Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden welcomes over 200,000 visitors every year. The garden is maintained by a group of volunteer gardeners who have all experienced homelessness, mental health or substance abuse problems. The Roof Garden offers them routine and stability, a renewed sense of purpose, and allows them to gain valuable skills to help get full-time work.

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What I’ve planted has grown, I’ve seen the result, I’ve seen the finished product which has spurred me on, it's given me a positive mind.
Graham, volunteer gardener

We can only continue to do all this and more, thanks to you. Each free performance on the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage, each child inspired by a workshop in Royal Festival Hall, each flower planted in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, is only possible with your incredible support.

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Help us continue to be a place that is open and welcoming to all, and somewhere everyone can have the opportunity to experience world-class art and culture.

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