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

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