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Arrivals + Departures

YARA + DAVINA

Two boards, one 'arrivals' and one 'departures' are situated in the Somerset House courtyard. a person walks in between them
YARA + DAVINA, Arrivals + Departures. Photo courtesy Somerset House Trust

Arrivals + Departures is a public artwork by artist duo YARA + DAVINA about birth, death and the journey in between. The public are invited to share the names of those who have arrived and departed, on live boards, as a way to acknowledge, celebrate and commemorate.

Integral to the public artwork is a series of free events – birth and death cafes, death mindfulness practice, instruction manuals for when you die, death euphemism bingo, and a last dance disco – 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.

Names can be submitted in real time at the Arrivals + Departures boards and online at www.arrivalsanddepartures.net.

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

Londonist

Events

Date Location More info
Arrivals + Departures
10 September – 5 November 2020
Somerset House, London, UK Details and tickets

For more information on this project contact Nicky Childs at nicky@artsadmin.co.uk.

Board graphics / Website Design: Tom Merrell
Digital Fabrication: Rob Prouse
3D Design and Construction: Other Fabrications
Production Management: Steve Wald
 
The Public Programme at Somerset House was devised by the artists in consultation with Emma Curtis
Public Programme contributors: Emma Curtis ( Death Café/Visitor Experience training), Laura Godfrey Isaacs (Birth Café & Board Takeover), Suzanne Dhaliwal (Board Takeover – Environmental activism), Sophie Herxheimer, (Live drawings), Bilal Nasim (Board Takeover –  Grief ). 
 
Produced by Artsadmin. 
 
Many thanks to: Mikey Martins from Freedom Festival for his ongoing support and commitment to the work, Simon Chatterton from Project 101 for the R+D residency, Bill Gee for being a critical friend, Salette Gresset for encouraging us to turn an idea into reality and Without Walls for being the first to take a risk in funding the Arrivals + Departures.

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.

Two boards, one 'arrivals' and one 'departures' are situated in the Somerset House courtyard. a person walks in between them
YARA + DAVINA, Arrivals + Departures. Photo courtesy Somerset House Trust

www.arrivalsanddepartures.net

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