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Take part in a free, interactive installation as part of the Festival of Thrift at Kirkleatham Museum

A crowd of adults and children watch a performance by two opera singers in front of the Arrivals + Departures boards
YARA + DAVINA, Arrivals + Departures. Photo by Paolina Varbichkova

Arrivals + Departures by artists YARA + DAVINA explores birth, death and the journey in between. The outdoor artwork offers a collective memorial and celebration of life, and is presented by Kirkleatham Museum.

Taking the recognisable form of a station or airport arrivals and departures board, the artwork invites local residents, primary schools and businesses to engage more deeply with the themes of life and death, to welcome and to remember. Visitors can share the names of people who have arrived and departed as a way to celebrate a birth or commemorate a death. Capturing the joy and sadness of any arrival or departure lounge, these nostalgic analogue display boards reflect the magnitude of sharing a name. Specifically for those that may often be excluded, the act of naming can be a radical act as each person is given a presence on the mechanical flip dot screens. By recording birth and death, the work marks the ebb and flow of life offering moments to welcome new life, honour the living and bring attention to death, acknowledging collective and personal grief and loss. 

Located outside Kirkleatham Museum these large display boards of ARRIVALS+DEPARTURES will be accessible to passers-by as well as regular visitors. You will be invited to submit names to the boards – either from your phone or with assistance from a steward on site or from home anywhere in the world.

Submit a name and an optional story with an on-site steward, via smartphone or online at: 

#ArrivalsAndDepartures @ArrivalsAndDeps

Yara El-Sherbini and Davina Drummond create art with a focus on engagement and participation. Using familiar formats such as jokes, mini golf, choirs and tattoo parlours, they root their works in the everyday. Their work has been shown at Tate, Venice Biennale, Manchester Art Gallery, Baltic, IKON, National Portrait Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Modern Art Oxford, The RCA, Arnolfini, National Maritime Museum, and the ICA. They are currently working on Kick Off a project with the National Trust that explores women’s football.

Board Graphics and Web Design by Tom Merrell 
Digital Fabrication by Rob Prouse
3-D Design & Construction by Other Fabrications  
Production Management by Steve Wald

Supported by Without Walls.
Co-commissioned by Artsadmin, Freedom Festival Arts Trust (Hull) and Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
Funded by Create To Connect > Create to Impact through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union & Arts Council England.

Development supported by the IN SITU network, Without Walls Blueprint programme & a 101 Outdoor Arts Seedbed Residency.

Presented in partnership with Kirkleatham Museum.

Produced by Artsadmin, London.

Date and time

20 September – 2 October 2022
Various times

Please note
This is now a past event.


Festival of Thrift, Kirkleatham Museum
North Yorkshire
TS10 5NW