Connecting Hearts



Date: 13 - 14 April 2019

Time: 10am - 4pm

Where: Plane Tree Lawn, Adelaide Botanic Garden

Connecting Hearts is an outdoor installation of more than 2000 clay hearts, on display for one weekend only at Adelaide Botanic Garden. 

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. The hearts will then be fired and wrapped in cloth.

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. Visitors are invited to walk the spiral, pick up a heart, unwrap it and record a response to the question: ‘who belongs?’ 

To participate in the workshops, please visit the Migration Museum website

Connecting Hearts is a partnership between the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium and the Migration Museum.