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Yara El-Sherbini and Davina Drummond are two pioneering British social practice artists, whom for almost two decades have been creating art with a focus on engagement and participation.

Unfailingly inventive, they use formats from within popular culture to make works which are accessible and playful. Their issue based work is site specific and responds to different contexts, from geo-politics to lessons on love, to knowledge production or mental health. Using formats such as jokes to mini golf and choirs and tattoo parlours, they root their works in the everyday, using a lightness of touch and humour to make works that are both poetic and universal. While they both have established independent practices, they also work collaboratively.

They’ve created artworks for multiple world leading art venues and public organisations such as Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Venice Biennale, Manchester Art Gallery, Baltic, IKON, National Portrait Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Delfina Foundation, INIVA, Somerset House, Camden Council, Studio Museum Harlem, The Victoria & Albert, London, ZKM, Germany, HIAP, Helsinki, Kaunus Art Biennial (Lithuania), Modern Art Oxford, The RCA, Arnolfini, National Maritime Museum and the ICA. In 2016 they were joint British Council Artist Fellow’s at Portland State University, exploring ‘Motherhood; A Social Practice’.

Date Title Venue City
20 September – 2 October 2022 Arrivals + Departures Festival of Thrift, Kirkleatham Museum Redcar
22 July – 11 September 2022 Arrivals + Departures Yorkshire Sculpture Park Wakefield
5–16 July 2022 Arrivals + Departures Embassy Gardens London
1–5 September 2021 Arrivals + Departures Hull's Freedom Festival Hull
19–27 August 2021 Arrivals + Departures Workshop-Zelt Zürich
10–30 July 2021 Arrivals + Departures Milton Keynes International Festival, City Square, City Centre Milton Keynes
17–30 May 2021 Arrivals + Departures Norfolk and Norwich Festival, The Forum, Millennium Plain Norwich
30 April – 8 May 2021 Arrivals + Departures Brighton Festival, Pavilion Gardens Brighton
23 March 2021 Arrivals + Departures: The Power of Naming Brooklyn Borough Hall Brooklyn
14 March – 11 April 2021 Arrivals + Departures Brooklyn Borough Hall Brooklyn
10 September – 5 November 2020 Arrivals + Departures Somerset House London
two people dressed in black in a studio with a blank backdrop, both are facing the camera
YARA + DAVINA. Photo by Hugo Glendinning