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Arrivals + Departures


Take part in a free, interactive installation this July over a communal moment of reflection

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.

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 Battersea Arts Centre, produced by Artsadmin and supported by Wandsworth Council. 

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 in Embassy Gardens from 5 – 16 July, the large display boards of Arrivals + Departures will be accessible to local residents, workers and passers-by,

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

“In a world where visiting others is severely limited this a beautiful gesture to celebrate and commemorate others while remaining socially distant”

The Londonist

#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 Nine Elms by Battersea Arts Centre, supported by Nine Elms Council

Produced by Artsadmin, London.

Date and time

5–16 July 2022
Various times

Please note
This is now a past event.


Embassy Gardens
One Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms, SW11 7AY