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The Migration Museum is looking for participants for a series of free workshops and public events aimed at getting people to think about ‘who belongs’.

“Current debates on migration often focus on the divide between those who are accepted as belonging and those who are not,” said museum director Mandy Paul.

“It is easy to forget the hearts we have in common.”

Connecting Hearts is a participatory art project that began in Sydney in 2016.

The project invites people to make small clay human hearts by attending workshops at the museum led by 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 March 24 to Sunday March 31. Workshops are free and last 2.5 hours, but registration is required.

The hearts will be fired, wrapped in cloth and exhibited. On Thursday April 11 at 5pm, the The museum will host an event to display the hearts made in Adelaide.

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

This project is presented by the Migration Museum with the support of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia and Bennetts Magill Pottery.

To find out more or to volunteer to be part of the project contact 8207 7570 or




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