David Medalla: A Stitch in Time
Sew and stitch memories, words and small objects onto what becomes a shared installation, in a work that first opened for public participation in 1968.
Beginning with a blank piece of fabric each time, David Medalla's A Stitch in Time has toured world-wide for the last five decades, temporarily capturing thoughts and moods in every place it has appeared.
Known and respected for his communitarian approach, Medalla was a key figure in the British avant-garde scene after arriving in London from Manila in 1960.
Medalla particularly liked that visitors taking part in stitching were doing so in their 'own private space, even though the act of stitching might occur in a public place.'
A Stitch in Time is on loan from Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London.
Need to know
For ages 11+
The installation is open for participation at the following times:
Monday – Friday, 2pm – 6pm Saturday & Sunday, 12 noon – 6pm
The exhibition is closed on 24 and 26 June, and 3 and 4 July.
Dates & times
- Standard entryFree
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Royal Festival Hall
The Royal Festival Hall is open to all from Friday 28 May for access to the Level 2 foyers, Level 2 toilets, the National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre Shop and Riverside Terrace Cafe at the following times:
Closed on Monday
Tuesday – Thursday, 12 noon – 8pm*
Friday and Saturday, 12 noon – 10.30pm*
Sunday, 12 noon – 8pm*
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Entering the hall
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For level access to the Royal Festival Hall, please use the external lift near the Artists' Entrance on Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road, to Level 2, and enter via Riverside Terrace. All floors are accessible from the main foyer.
We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs.
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There are four Blue Badge parking spaces available for visitors located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and are free to use. You must display your Blue Badge as you enter the site. Vehicles that do not display a Blue Badge are refused entry.
Blue Badge parking at National Theatre
Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). If you are visiting the Hayward Gallery, just take your badge and car park ticket to the Ticket Desk in the gallery foyer for validation before you leave.
Please note: on Sunday when the National Theatre building is closed there is no step-free access from the car park.
Alternative parking is available nearby at the APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges.
Blue Badge parking at APCOA Cornwall Road
Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can also be found at the South Bank Car Park – APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park. Just take your badge and car park ticket to the parking attendant office at the entrance to the car park for validation before you leave.
A drop-off point at the Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.
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