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16 May - 26 May 2016

by Emma Critchley

The water sinks down with them is a new film and sound installation by visual artist Emma Critchley, inspired by the opening bars of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle.

The installation acts as an immersive metaphor for the evolution of life itself, a journey from a pre-conscious golden age to conscious humanity.

The film is set in the Rhine, the underwater space where Wagner chose to open and close his epic work. A timeless, unending yet ever changing cosmos unfolds where the Rhine provides the fundamental rhythmic pulse of nature.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects

Opening times of Leeds Central Library: 

Monday 12 noon - 6.45pm 
Tuesday 12 noon - 6.45pm 
Wednesday 12 noon - 6.45pm 
Thursday 12 noon - 5.45pm 
Friday 12 noon - 4.45pm 
Saturday 12 noon - 4.45pm 
Sunday 12 noon - 2.45pm

Click on the venue below to plan your visit.


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Municipal Buildings
Calverley Street


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Belvedere Road


Southbank Centre is positioned in the heart of London's thriving South Bank and welcomes visitors 364 days a year. Relax with a glass of wine on Festival Terrace, wander through the Royal Festival Hall foyers, take part in one of hundreds of free events, enjoy a meal from an array of cafes and restaurants, browse the shops and markets or visit one of Southbank Centre’s iconic venues - Royal Festival Hall,  Queen Elizabeth Hall, thePurcell Room, the Hayward Gallery and the Saison Poetry Library.

Public transport

Find the best route for getting to Southbank Centre by visiting
Transport for London's Journey Planner.

By train
Nearest mainline stations:

  • Waterloo, step-free access
  • Waterloo East, step-free access

By tube

Nearest underground stations:

  • Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City underground lines), step-free access 
  • Waterloo East, step-free access
  • Embankment (Circle and District underground lines) 
  • Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo underground lines)

By bus

  • Bus number RV1 stops on Belvedere Road.
  • Bus routes 76, 77, 211, 341, 381, 507, N381, N76 and RV1 all stop on York Road, a 5 minutes’ walk away.
  • Bus routes 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 521, N1, N68, N171 and N343 stop on Waterloo Bridge, a 2 minutes’ walk away.

By river

Boats stop at Festival Pier, going to St Katherine’s Pier, Bankside and Westminster. For a timetable click here.

By bike
Bike stands are located in Southbank Centre Square. Barclays Cycle Hire stands are available on Belvedere Road opposite Southbank Centre Square.


Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road


We have parking available on site, open 7am - 1am daily. Parking fees apply.


For information on step-free access to Southbank Centre, see our Photo Access Maps in our Access Information pages.

Public Toilets

All our venues have public toilets (dependent on opening times) with wheelchair access and baby changing facilities.
Public toilets are provided on Queens Walk beside Jubilee Gardens. They provide 24/7 access, DDA accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. For opening times and more details of these toilets, please visit www.healthmatic.com

Opening Times

Please see the following pages for information on opening times for each of our venuesRoyal Festival Hall,  Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, the Hayward Gallery and the Saison Poetry Library.


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