Connecting Hearts

Current debates on migration often focus on the divide between those who are accepted as belonging and those who aren’t. It is easy to forget the hearts we have in common.

Connecting Hearts is a participatory art project that began in Sydney (2016) and has continued, including travelling to London (2018). The project invites people to make small clay human hearts by attending workshops at the Migration Museum led by the artist Penny Ryan. At the workshops participants also have the opportunity to reflect on their own connection to those currently moving across the globe. Ten workshops are being held from Sunday 24 March to Sunday 31 March. Workshops are free and last 2.5 hours, but registration is required.
The hearts will then be fired and wrapped in cloth.

On Thursday 11 April, the Migration Museum will host an event to display the hearts made in Adelaide (5pm – 7.30pm).

The Adelaide hearts will then be joined by 2000 hearts made previously in Sydney. The hearts will form a spiral on Plane Tree Lawn at the Adelaide Botanic Garden (13-14 April). Visitors are invited to walk the spiral, pick up a heart, unwrap it and record a response to the question: ‘who belongs?’

Register for workshops (no art experience needed) via Eventbrite

Register to attend the Migration Museum event via Eventbrite

Contact the Migration Museum to find out more or to volunteer to be part of the project by phone: 8207 7570 or email:

With thanks to our partners Botanic Gardens of South Australia and Bennetts Magill Pottery.