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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.

Arrivals + Departures continues its tour of festivals across England with its presentation at The Forum in Norwich as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

These nostalgic display boards capture the joy and sadness of any arrivals hall or departure lounge. Visitors and passers-by can choose to contribute names via a live interaction with a guide at the Arrivals + Departures boards or online, from anywhere in the world, at

Integral to the public artwork are a series of free events, talks and workshops inviting people to sing, laugh, dance and maybe cry, through collective moments of figuring out how to better celebrate new life, grieve, live well and prepare for the end.

Broadcast on Norwich’s local radio station –  Future Radio – two programmes will mark the opening and closing of the boards in which the public will be invited to submit their choice of  birth related songs or music they would like played at their funeral:

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

17–30 May 2021

Please note
This is now a past event.


Norfolk and Norwich Festival, The Forum, Millennium Plain