Yara + Davina’s ‘Arrivals + Departures’ (live), Somerset House, London back to all events

Situated in the spectacular courtyard, Arrivals + Departures is a large-scale interactive installation exploring birth, death and the journey in between by artist duo YARA + DAVINA.

Taking the recognisable form of a station or airport arrivals and departures board, the artwork invites visitors to share the names of people who have arrived and departed as a way to celebrate a birth or commemorate a death. As the effects of COVID-19, racial injustice and the environmental crisis continue to disrupt communities across the world, this artwork offers a timely platform to engage with birth, life, death, loss and collective grief, through the act of naming.

The interactive installation also honours the heritage of Somerset House itself, which was formerly home to the General Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths, holding the first comprehensive record of life events for the whole of the population for many generations.

Responsive to all COVID-19 restrictions, a public programme will feature both live (open air) and online activity including Birth and Death Cafés, live drawings of the individuals listed on the boards and guest takeovers of the boards – more details will follow soon.

Arrivals + Departures is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Artsadmin, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Freedom Festival Arts Trust.

More info: Arrivals and Departures

10 Sep-10 Oct