The Departure

The Departure is a studio, gallery and shop dedicated to death and all that remains. The Departure is 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.

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.