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Southbank Centre  UK's largest arts centre. Home to Royal Festival Hall, @Hayward.Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, @nationalpoetrylibrary & more.

Here’s the Royal Festival Hall @southbankcentre when it opened in 1951, with #RobinDay's original foyer seating designs.

Image from the archives of The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation. @robinlucienneday

Robin Day’s auditorium seating for the Royal Festival Hall, installed in 1951 and still in use today.
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Robin Day was commissioned to design all the seating for the Royal Festival Hall, the first major modern building to be put up in Britain after the War.
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He adopted materials and techniques from the car industry for the steel frame and the underside of the tip-up seat was padded with glass fibre concealed behind perforated panel to reduce noise and improve the auditorium.
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Image from the archives of The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation. @robinlucienneday

Here’s how the Royal Festival Hall restaurant looked in 1951. 💥
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In this image, spring light floods into the space from the tall windows, highlighting the carpet designed by Peter Moro, one of the architects of the Royal Festival Hall, and designer Robin Day’s moulded plywood dining chairs and tables.
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Image from the archives of The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation. @robinlucienneday

'The sculpture is about concentration of energy'.
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Artist Fred Eversley discusses how he created his work 'Untitled, 1971'; a perfect parabolic lens that transforms all sources of energy into a single focal point.
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On display now in @hayward.gallery’s #SpaceShifters exhibition, until 6 Jan. ⚗️

It’s Friday! Kick off the weekend by visiting our Winter Market. 🙌
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Expect seasonal goodies, sparkling lights, mulled wine, loads of food & drink pop-ups and handmade festive goodies from all over the world.
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Open every day until 27 Dec. 🍻🍔🥂🧀

It's about to happen! Lafawndah's Honey Colony mixtape comes alive on stage @southbankcentre tonight. Be there. Last few tickets available at southbankcentre.co.uk

Featuring:

@lafawndah_
@tirzahmusic
@iamkelseylu
@bonnie.banane
@nidiasukulbembe
@elheist

What a night! Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) was at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall last night to discuss her memoir BECOMING with writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (@chimamanda_adichie) in an exclusive UK event in collaboration with @penguinukbooks. More photos via link in bio.

Photo by Mark Allan/Southbank Centre

A warm morning light hitting the Royal Festival Hall on this cold December day. Spend a day full of art, culture and fun at Southbank Centre this festive season. 🌧 ☀️ 📸 @takis_zontiros

SOUND ON! 🔈 Mala (@maladmz) with conductor Tommy Evans (@tommyajevans) and friends have begun their rehearsals for this weekend's @outlookfestival Orchestra bass and dubstep extravaganza, and sounding absolutely amazing!

We can now reveal that they will be joined by Flowdan, @officialkillapmc, @sharkymajor_ , @ladychann and Amina on stage on Sunday night.

Tickets still available via link in bio

“Space Shifters asks you to look at space in a different way, and to look at each other in a different way.”
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Get a curator's insight into @HaywardGallery's remarkable Space Shifters exhibition courtesy of Senior Curator Dr Cliff Lauson (@clifflauson) and our latest exhibition video.

We're excited to announce our @hayward.gallery 2019 visual art programme today.
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It includes a major retrospective of Bridget Riley, a solo show of renowned American photographer Diane Arbus, Kader Attia’s first major survey show in the UK and an extensive exploration of gender identities and gender fluidity in contemporary art. 🎨
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Find out more here via link in bio.
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Image: Movement In Squares (1961) by Bridget Riley @ArtsCouncilCollection Southbank Centre, London. © Bridget Riley 2018. All rights reserved.

As part of #ExploreYourArchive week we've been sharing images from 1963-1967 that show the construction of our iconic #Brutalist beauty Queen Elizabeth Hall. This shot by the construction company Higgs and Hill Ltd is from 1967.

#brutalism #concrete #architecture #modernism #modernist #postwar #postwararchitecture #concreteutopia #london #landmarks #1960s #SouthbankCentre #Southbank #RiverThames #TheUndercroft #LLSB #LongLiveSouthbank

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