We’re the largest arts centre in the UK and one of the nation’s top visitor attractions. We seek out the world’s most exciting artists, from household names to fresh new talent, and give them space to showcase their best work. Set across 11 acres, we are London’s favourite meeting spot, with restaurants, bars, street food markets and dramatic riverside views. We believe in the power of great art and culture to bring people together, and add something amazing to your life. We work hard to bring unbeatable cultural experiences to new audiences – especially those who’ve always felt excluded from the arts. Through music, performance, art and events, we take you out of the everyday, every day. The Southbank Centre is made up of the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Hayward Gallery, National Poetry Library and Arts Council Collection. We are home to eight Resident and Associate Orchestras: the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Aurora Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Our creative learning and participation activities help everyone express their creativity and explore their potential. Did you know that we are a registered charity? We’re also a National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England, which means that we are one of the leading organisations in our field. We work with thousands of artists to take you out of the everyday, every day. Here are six facts you might not have realised about what we do. Did you know: • We’re the UK’s fifth most visited attraction, and usually host 4.4 million visitors each year • 40% of our events are free • We worked with 100,000 artists and creatives in 2018/19 • 13,600 pupils and 250 teachers take part in our creative learning events and activities • Our touring artworks were viewed in 126 museums and galleries across the UK and around the world, reaching 2.8 million people • We are the proud home of the new National Academy for Social Prescribing, in partnership with NHS England We’re here to present great cultural experiences that bring people together What does that mean? Put simply, we believe that art and creativity can change lives. Our mission is to: Champion greatness: We seek out great artists and give them the space to create their best work. Take the lead: We make sure we’re at the forefront of the arts – provoking and inspiring culture, not just following it. Open up the arts: Not everyone will love everything, but we make sure there’s something for everyone. www. ceotodaymagazine . com CEO Today Un i t ed Ki ngdom Awa rds 202 2 Ar t s Leade r of t he Yea r CEO of Southbank Centre Elaine Bedell w w w . s o u t h b a n k c e n t r e . c o . u k 47 We seek out great artists and give them the space to create their best work.