Opening Hearts

Current MFA Student Penny Ryan has been championing a heartwarming project which will culminate in the installation, Opening Hearts. Over the past six months Penny has been running workshops where over 400 people have made 1468 ceramic human hearts representing the number of people in detention on Manus Island and in Nauru.

Opening Hearts will display the individual hearts wrapped in cloth and placed in a spiral formation. The hearts will be arranged in a spiral formation in First Fleet Park, by the Museum of Contemporary Art, on International Human Rights Day, December 10. The public will be invited to walk into the spiral and unwrap a heart as an act of welcome, quietly allowing reflection on how we are connected with those seeking asylum from conflict and persecution. Check out this article by The Sydney Morning Herald which interviews Penny about this important project.