Arrivals + Departures

Somerset House, Strand, London
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Thursday 10th of September 2020 to Thursday 5th of November 2020

Event Times

Daily: 10:00 - 19:00




Somerset House, Strand, London

Nearest Stations

Temple 0.17 miles


Please note: as you will no doubt be aware COVID-19 is leading to many events being cancelled or postponed. Please check with the organisers of any event listed here to confirm it is going ahead as planned.

Situated in our 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.

Each Wednesday (16 Sep - 7 Oct), the artist duo invite a specialist to takeover the installation both in real time and on Somerset House Instagram Stories, exploring themes of birth; including lockdown births with Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, environmental justice with Suzanne Dhaliwal, grief with Bilal Nasim, and race and social justice with a member of KIN.


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