Arrivals + Departures


Digital, Installation

Arrivals + Departures is a public artwork about birth, death and the journey in between, created by artist duo YARA + DAVINA.

Taking the recognisable form of an arrivals and departures board, the artwork displays names of people submitted by the public as a way of celebrating and commemorating a birth (an arrival) or a death (a departure).

These nostalgic display boards capture the joy and sadness of any arrivals hall or departure lounge as visitors and passers-by can choose to contribute names via a live interaction with a guide at the Arrivals + Departures boards or online at

Integral to the public artwork is 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.


YARA + DAVINA use formats from popular culture to explore complex themes in accessible, playful ways from jokes, mini-golf, to gospel choirs and tattoo parlours.

Between them, they have created artworks for world-leading art organisations such as Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Manchester Art Gallery, Baltic, IKON, National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House, V&A Museum, ZKM Germany, HIAP Helsinki, Kaunus Art Biennial (Lithuania), Modern Art Oxford, Arnolfini (Bristol), National Maritime Museum and ICA (London).

Funding, commissioning and partner credits:

Arrivals + Departures is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. R&D investment from Without Walls Blueprint.

Arrivals + Departures is co-commissioned and produced by 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.