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Arrivals + Departures


Arrivals + Departures is a public artwork by artist duo YARA + DAVINA about birth, death and the journey in between

Two boards, one Arrivals and one Departures are situated in the Somerset House courtyard
Arrivals + Departures, YARA + DAVINA, Somerset House. Image by Tom McCaughan in collaboration with the artists.

During a period of incredible loss, as we enter a more hopeful spring, this public art installation pays tribute to people – both those entering the world and leaving it. Taking the recognisable form of a train station or airport arrivals and departures board, the public are invited to share names of people to the boards as a way of celebrating a birth (arrivals), honouring someone living, or commemorating a death (departures).

Created by social practice artist duo Yara El-Sherbini and Davina Drummond, the US premiere of Arrivals + Departures offers a timely platform to engage with both the effects of Covid-19 and the continuing racial and social injustice within our communities. Through this act of naming, the installation gives us the opportunity to explore issues around birth, life, death, loss, and collective grief, and to question—and change—who is venerated through our public sculptures and memorials.

Presented by BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) as part of their Spring 2021 programme and transforming Brooklyn Borough Hall into a site of recognition and remembrance, the boards are accessible both in-person and virtually.

Names can be submitted online beginning March 14 through this online portal from anywhere in the world.

Submit a name

Watch ‘The Power of Naming’, a talk with Yara El-Sherbini and Davina Drummond from 23 March:

Produced by Artsadmin. Supported by Without Walls. Co-commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust (Hull) and Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Artsadmin with support from Create To Connect > Create to Impact through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Publicly funded through Arts Council England. Development supported by the IN SITU platform in the frame of ACT project co-funded through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Without Walls Blueprint programme and a Seedbed Residency at 101 Outdoor Arts.

Date and time

14 March – 11 April 2021

Please note
This is now a past event.


Brooklyn Borough Hall
New York
United States of America