The Departure


The Departure is (currently) a transient art space created by artist and death literacy advocate Hayley West.  

The Departure is dedicated to death and all that remains; a space to ponder your own mortality, educate yourself on end of life matters, and encounter death themed artworks and events.

The Departure believes in empowering the community by sharing practical knowledge through exchange and generosity.

Goodbye to The Mill

This weekend (Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November) will be the last weekend The Departure will be at The Mill.

With recent increases in running costs, and having to work elsewhere to keep The Departure afloat, has meant I can't be in there as much as I would like. It kind of defeats the purpose of being there and doing what I love most, talking about death and dying!

I have visions of having pop-ups at special events like festivals and at markets where I can talk to locals and tourists. It means I can do it when and where I like (I'm still on the look out for a hearse which would be great for this!). It's also been a bit tough being in at The Departure every weekend, I miss my family and there always seems to be something interesting to do on the weekends especially around Victoria.

I'll get my online shop happening ASAP where I'll be selling my ceramic works. I also have plans for some special projects so stay tuned.

Keep updated on my Instagram Page and Facebook Page. You can also join the Death Cafe Castlemaine group on Facebook for interesting death, dying and art related articles.

Thanks so much for supporting The Departure, although I'm not in a physical space, my mental space is still active! xxx Hayley

change of hours - sort of & sometimes

Responses from the Arts community, Deathie networks worldwide and the unsuspecting public have been fantastic, I thank all my followers from the bottom of my heart!

Unfortunately with the recent Council rates increase, The Departure has become a little unsustainable, so I have had to urgently find other employment to keep The Departure operating.

I've taken up a casual fill-in position with the Goldfields Libraries, and so there may be days that I cannot be in The Departure on the days I have advertised I am open.

I will let you know if this happens on the Instagram account and Facebook page.

I apologise to anyone who comes in expecting it to be open and I'm not in. The Mill Castlemaine has some other great businesses on site to enjoy.




It's happening...

As I'm setting up shop, I'll be posting images regularly to Instagram @the.departure  

The Departure works as my studio, a gallery and a shop dedicated to death. As well as a practising artist I am a keen death literacy advocate with an interest in natural burial. I am a member of the Natural Death Advocacy Network and co-host Death Cafes here in Castlemaine.

For those out of town or across the world, Castlemaine is a small country town 90 minutes from Melbourne in the goldfields region of central Victoria in Australia. The Departure is a physical shop located in the highly visited tourist precinct at The Mill

The Departure is due to be launched during the Castlemaine State Festival 17-26 March, 2017.

And thanks Gavin from Chops For Tea for creating my fabulous logo, it was a really enjoyable collaborative process :)

Wish me luck! x Hayley

All ideas & images on this site are protected under the Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs.