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Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery, as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £19,714,455
  • 2013-2014: £20,167,887
  • 2014-2015: £20,709,928

Video feed

HAYWARD GALLERY - Martin Creed: What's the point of It?

Hayward Gallery Wednesday 29 January 2014 - Monday 5 May 2014 A survey of Martin Creed's playful, thought-provoking art. Over the past two and a half decades British artist Martin Creed has pursued an extraordinary path by confounding the traditional categories of art. Winner of the 2001 Turner Prize, Creed is recognised around the world for his minimalistic approach that strips away the unnecessary, but preserves an abundance of wit, humour and surprise. Crossing all artistic media and including music, his art transforms everyday materials and actions into surprising meditations on existence and the invisible structures that shape our lives. This exhibition will be the first major survey of Martin Creed's work, from its most minimal moments and extravagant room-sized installations. Martin Creed was born in Wakefield in 1968 and currently lives and works in London.

WOW 2014 | Laureates Night: Gillian Clarke

For the first time in history, all five UK and NI poet laureates are women. For WOW 2014, we brought Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead, Gillian Clarke, Paula Meehan, and Sinéad Morrissey together for a celebratory performance and their first joint reading. You can also watch all the performances in one video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33-ujdN8aCE#t=103

WOW 2014 | Factory Girls in China

WOW Bites are short presentations about a broad variety of issues. In this Bite, Aowen Jin talks about the changing lives of modern Chinese factory workers and her Factory Girls art project. More information about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/bites-4/ We apologise for the sound quality in this session.

WOW 2014 | Why feminism is relevant for the next generation

WOW Bites are short presentations about a broad variety of issues. In this Bite, Kawsara Chowdhury and Maria Amrin from Mulberry School for Girls talk about why feminism is still relevant to young women. More information about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/bites-4/

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WOW 2014 | Hera Master Come Down

WOW Bites are short presentations about a broad variety of issues. In this Bite, Ntiense Eno Amooquaye discusses Hera Master Come Down, her first solo exhibition currently at The Saison Poetry Library. More information about the exhibition: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/hera-master-come-down-1000477 More information about the event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/bites-4/

WOW 2014 | Men Talk

How do men talk about women and what truths lie behind it? Sam Roddick, founder of Coco de Mer, activist, artist and sexual philosopher talks to a men's group led by gonzo therapist Jerry Hyde, and asks them to open up and talk honestly about sex, vulnerability and their emotional relationships with women. More information about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/mentalk/

WOW 2014 | The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

WOW Bites are short presentations about a broad variety of issues. In this Bite, Ros Horin talks about The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe: a celebration of women, human rights, laughter and resilience including a short film excerpt. More information about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/bites-4/

WOW 2014 | Voting With Your Wallet

WOW Bites are short little presentations about a broad variety of issues. In this Bite, Amisha Ghadiali, Co-Founder of Provenance, talks about voting with your wallet and understanding what you buy. More information about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/bites-4/

WOW 2014 | This Is What A Fat Activist Does

What is fat activism, why do fat activists use the word fat, and why is it still such a taboo? Public discourse about fat usually looks at fat people in the abstract. This panel gets to the nuts and bolts of what fat activists do. Speakers include Kirsty Fife, from fashion blog Fatty Unbound, Kay Hyatt, host of The Weigh In and campaigner Kathryn Szrodecki. Chaired by leading fat activist Charlotte Cooper. More information about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/this-is-what-a-fat-activist-does/

WOW 2014 | Louboutins and Landfill: How to be a Sustainable Fashionista

Worth over £200 million per year, ethical clothing is one of fashion's newest markets. Join Dr Kate Fletcher of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, Jacqueline Shaw, author of the Africa Fashion Guide, Carry Somers, founder of Fashion Revolution Day and Abigail Chisman, ex Vogue editor and founder of Designer Jumble Sale, as they discuss whether fashion can ever really be ethical and whether ethical fashion can ever truly be stylish. More information about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/louboutins-and-landfill-how-to-be-a-sustainable-fashionista/ Chaired by Melanie Rickey, Fashion Editor at Large.com.

WOW 2014 | A Day In Detention

'I came here for safety, but they locked me up.' In this final day pass session at WOW 2014, come and listen to leading actresses Juliet Stevenson, Bryony Hannah and Cush Jumbo reading the searing testimony of refugee women locked up in the UK. Every year, many women who come to the UK to seek asylum are held in indefinite detention. For this piece, directed by Jessica Swale, writer Nell Leyshon has woven together the extraordinary true stories of refugee women who have been detained. Come and hear their journeys through hope and despair. More information about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/a-day-in-detention/

WOW 2014 | Club 18-80

Journalist Katharine Whitehorn, best selling author Kathy Lette, teenager Ioana Anghelescu and journalist Bim Adewunmi are from four different generations. Here they talk to author and journalist Rachel Johnson, swap stories about how navigating sex, relationships, friendships and society's treatment of women has changed over 80 years, and discuss life's milestones from first periods to menopause. More information about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/club-18-80/

WOW 2014 | Misogny Factor

After more than 40 years of fighting for women's rights, leading Australian feminist Anne Summers says it is time for a radical rethink about what we need to do to achieve equality. Her 2012 speech Her Rights at Work? The Political Persecution of Australia's First Female Prime Minister was a game-changer and refuelled the debate on the treatment of women in politics, and in her new Stella Prize-nominated book The Misogyny Factor, she argues we don't have true equality of the sexes because misogyny and its expression -- sexism -- are still rampant. Here, she talks with Jude Kelly about inclusion, equality, respect, and the role misogyny plays in day-to-day life and in the corridors of power. More information about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/the-misogyny-factor/

WOW 2014 | Jude Kelly Keynote: Zero Tolerance

We live in a world where female inequality is embedded into society. Jude Kelly argues that in order to live a sociable and loving life most women feel compelled to tolerate a level of inequality that makes us complicit in the continuation of the status quo. More info about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/zero-tolerance/

WOW 2014 | The New Black

Whether it's Beyoncé being Drunk in Love or Miley Cyrus and her twerking, how far have we come from the 19th-century fetishization of Sarah Baartman as the Hottentot Venus? Does popular culture still have a problem with black women? Speakers include Hana Riaz, founder and editor of The Body Narrative, Jude Smith Rachele, co-founder of Abundant Sun and Ikamara Larasai from Rewind&Reframe/Imkaan. Chaired by journalist and author Hannah Pool. More info about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/the-new-black/

WOW 2014 | Women Against Pit Closures

Betty Cook and Anne Scargill are founding members of Women Against Pit Closures, the political movement that supported miners and their families in the UK miners' strike of 1984--85. Here, 30 years on, they talk about picketing, community and finding their voices in the traditionally macho coalfield communities with artist, writer and broadcaster Triona Holden, author of Queen Coal: Women of the Miners' Strike, who covered the miners' strike for the BBC throughout the 80s. More information about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/women-against-pit-closures-30-years-on/

WOW 2014 | Kate Smurthwaite: The News At Kate

A comedy show about opinions: how we form them, how we challenge them and how we can change them. Based on Kate Smurthwaite's experience of appearing on more than 500 TV and radio debate shows, from Woman's Hour to Question Time, facing off with MPs, religious leaders and the odd TV presenter. More information about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/kate-smurthwaite-the-news-at-kate/

WOW 2014 | Trafficking

Human trafficking is one of the largest areas of organised crimes across the globe, generating £20 billion per year. Trafficking for sexual exploitation almost exclusively affects women and girls (98%) and trafficking for labour exploitation also affects women more than men (56% women and girls). Speakers including Marissa Begonia, founder of Justice for Domestic Workers, Debbie Ariyo, founder and chief executive of AFRUCA , Africans Unite Against Child Abuse and Klara Skrivankova from Anti-Slavery International speak about how trafficked women are hidden in plain sight and what they are doing to fight it. Chaired by Senior Correspondent for ITV News, Ronke Phillips. More information about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/trafficking/

WOW 2014 | Laureates Night: Carol Ann Duffy

For the first time in history, all five UK and NI poet laureates are women. For WOW 2014, we brought Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead, Gillian Clarke, Paula Meehan, and Sinéad Morrissey together for a celebratory performance and their first joint reading. You can also watch all the performances in one video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33-ujdN8aCE#t=103

WOW 2014 | Laureates Night: Sinead Morrissey

For the first time in history, all five UK and NI poet laureates are women. For WOW 2014, we brought Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead, Gillian Clarke, Paula Meehan, and Sinéad Morrissey together for a celebratory performance and their first joint reading. You can also watch all the performances in one video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33-ujdN8aCE#t=103

WOW 2014 | Laureates Night: Paula Meehan

For the first time in history, all five UK and NI poet laureates are women. For WOW 2014, we brought Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead, Gillian Clarke, Paula Meehan, and Sinéad Morrissey together for a celebratory performance and their first joint reading. You can also watch all the performances in one video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33-ujdN8aCE#t=103

WOW 2014 | Laureates Night: Liz Lochhead

For the first time in history, all five UK and NI poet laureates are women. For WOW 2014, we brought Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead, Gillian Clarke, Paula Meehan, and Sinéad Morrissey together for a celebratory performance and their first joint reading. You can also watch all the performances in one video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33-ujdN8aCE#t=103

WOW 2014 | Being A Man

Following Southbank Centre's inaugural Being A Man festival in January 2014, join some of the BAM contributors as they give feedback on the weekend. Chaired by the festival's founder Jude Kelly, the panel -- including poet and writer Anthony Anaxagorou and psychotherapist John McKeown, explore some of the main themes that emerged from discussions on fatherhood, being a gay man, gang culture, boys' education and male violence -- and discuss why we need a men's festival. More info about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/being-a-man/ We apologise for the audio interference at the beginning of this video.

WOW 2014 | Porn

As generations grow up with hard-core pornography easily accessible on mobiles and laptops, is it a waste of time trying to stem the flow, or should we be campaigning more than ever? Porn addiction is on the increase and porn's links to domestic and sexual abuse have long been documented. What does this mean for our relationships with each other? This session opens with a keynote speech by film director Beeban Kidron and our other panelist is Paula Hall, psychotherapist, writer and broadcast who specialises in sex and pornography addiction. Chaired by Jude Kelly. More info about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/porn-2/porn

WOW 2014 | Vivienne Westwood in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti

Dame Vivienne Westwood is a living legend -- not only one of the most recognised and influential fashion designers of the late twentieth century, but also an active campaigner on social and environmental issues such as nuclear disarmament, climate change, and most recently the anti-fracking campaign at Balcombe. She states that one of her proudest moments was being named a trustee of human rights organization Liberty -- and here, Vivienne talks with Liberty's director Shami Chakrabarti about human rights and using fashion to speak out about what matters. More info about this event: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/event/vivienne-westwood-in-conversation-with-shami-chakrabarti/

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