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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

YARA + DAVINA stand in front of Arrivals + Departures and speak to a crowd of people at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
YARA + Davina, Arrivals + Departures. Photo by Paolina Varbichkova

Following its world premiere at London’s Somerset House in autumn 2020, and subsequent presentations in New York, Zurich and across the UK in 2021, Arrivals + Departures continues to connect with new contexts in 2022.

This large-scale public art installation pays tribute to people, both entering the world and leaving it. The work takes the recognisable form of a train station arrivals and departures board that displays names submitted by the public to celebrate a birth (arrivals), honour someone living, or commemorate a death (departures). 

Created by British social practice artist duo Yara El-Sherbini and Davina DrummondARRIVALS + DEPARTURES offers a timely platform to engage with the effects of Covid-19 and the continuing racial and social injustice within our communities.

Through this political act of naming, the interactive installation offers the opportunity to explore issues around birth, life, death, loss and collective grief; and to question and change who is honoured through public statues and memorials. 

So far over 2,500 names of those who have arrived or departed (born or died) have been submitted by the public to the boards with an additional 1,000 related stories shared on the website:

Alongside each presentation, YARA + DAVINA develop a bespoke series of related events, talks, workshops and interventions, which explore issues associated with commemorating new life, honouring the living, acknowledging our own mortality, bringing attention to death, and tending to grief and loss – subjects that need to be spoken about more to help us live well.

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

The Londonist

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.

Produced by Artsadmin, London.

Date and time

22 July – 11 September 2022

Please note
This is now a past event.


Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton
West Yorkshire