Arrivals and Departures
Arrivals and Departures
Past Event
Visual Arts


Fri 30 Apr - Sat 8 May 2021

A public artwork about birth, death and the journey in between, created by artist duo YARA + DAVINA

Birth, death and the journey in between are the starting points for this interactive artwork that celebrates life and acknowledges its ending. Taking the form of a traditional arrivals and departures board, the installation by the artist duo YARA + DAVINA displays names submitted by members of the public as a way of celebrating and commemorating a birth (an arrival) or a death (a departure). The boards capture the joy and sadness of any arrivals hall or departure lounge, and provide a very timely platform to welcome new life, honour the living and recognise death, loss and collective grief, through the act of naming.

Visitors and passers-by can contribute names by asking a guide at the site in Pavilion Gardens or via on a phone/laptop anywhere in the world. Integral to the work is a specially designed programme of events, talks and workshops which invites the public to engage more deeply with the themes, including Birth Café, Death Café, and a panel discussion on the subject of redefining grief. More special events to be announced.


Arrivals + Departures opening event: 

What song would you like to be played at your memorial service? How would it reflect your life and how would you like to be remembered? Do you have a playlist put together for the birth of a child? Is there one song that stands out from that day?

To mark the opening of ARRIVALS + DEPARTURES, Yara + Davina will be recording a special radio show with Brighton station Radio Reverb, asking listeners to send in their dedications and songs to play on air. 

For information about other participatory events as part of this programme, please see the related events below.

With generous support from Arka Original Funerals

Brighton Festival is a partner in Without Walls, working with festivals and artists and bringing fantastic outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across the UK

Without Walls at Brighton Festival 2021 is supported by Southern Water

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Arrivals and Departures

5 Minutes Artist Duo Yara + Davina

Artist duo YARA + DAVINA honour the living and the dead in this free public installation in Pavilion Gardens this May. We speak to them to find out more about the inspiration behind the public artwork.