Arrivals + Departures is a public artwork about birth, death and the journey in between, created by UK 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).
Located in City Square, these nostalgic display boards capture the joy and sadness of any arrivals hall or departure lounge.
Visitors and passers-by will be able to contribute names in-person with the assistance of Festival Stewards, at Millton Keynes Central Library or online and find out more information here: arrivalsanddepartures.net
Yara + Davina - Yara El-Sherbini and Davina Drummond - make social practice artwork, creating ambitious public artworks that respond to site, context and audience. Using formats such as jokes to mini golf, 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.
Read more: yaraanddavina.com
Arrivals + Departures will be in City Square from 10.30am - 5pm each day.
No ticket or booking required. Festival Stewards will be on hand to assist and guide you through the experience.
Online workshop: Find out about Birth Café on Sunday 11 July with Laura Godfrey-Isaacs here.
Live-streamed Talk Event Ritualised Departures: Is a Departure an Arrival somewhere else? Hosted by Dr Maria Nita with Dr Elaine Kasket and Yara El-Sherbini. Find out more here.
Additional access notes
This artwork is part of centre: MK guided tours: BSL/ Audio Described (Sat 24th July) & Relaxed Tour (Tuesday 20th July)
Supported by Without Walls. Co-commissioned by Artsadmin, Freedom Festival Arts Trust (Hull) and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Funded by Create To Connect > Create to Impact through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and Arts Council England. Development supported by the IN SITU network, Without Walls Blueprint programme and a 101 Outdoor Arts Seedbed Residency. Produced by Artsadmin, London.
Dates & Times
Saturday 24 Jul 202110:30am
Sunday 25 Jul 202110:30am
Monday 26 Jul 202110:30am
Tuesday 27 Jul 202110:30am
Wednesday 28 Jul 202110:30am
Thursday 29 Jul 202110:30am
Friday 30 Jul 202110:30am