September 22, 2018 at 10am - 4pm


Has Australia lost its heart? After five years, around 1500 people remain in detention on Manus Island and Nauru, despite most being assessed as refugees. People who sought asylum and are already in Australia on temporary protection visas are now being cut off from vital support as they attempt to rebuild their lives. In this time of polarised debate it’s easy to forget what we have in common.




Stairway to the heart is a one day art event that invites people to reflect on how we are connected to those seeking safety from conflict and persecution. The Concourse stairway will host hundreds of small, clay human hearts. Each heart was made by one of more than 500 people who took part in Connecting Hearts Project workshops (including five held on the north shore).

Stairway to the heart invites people to climb the stairs, pick up a heart wrapped in cloth, unwrap it and replace it on the stair before writing their own reflection on the cloth. The cloth reflections will be displayed on the day for others to read.

Stairway to the heart is by artist Penny Ryan, in collaboration with:

  • Roseville Uniting Church (Refugee and Asylum Seekers Support Group)
  • Jews for Social Action
  • Lindfield Killara Catholic Parishes
  • Artarmon Muslim Community Association
  • Lane Cove Uniting Church and Lane Cove Community Chaplaincy
  • Amnesty International Lane Cove Action Group
  • Willoughby Uniting Church


Further information: www.penny-ryan.squarespace.com/the-confined-hearts-project

Facebook: Penny Ryan Connecting Hearts

To assist on the day: http://signup.com/go/eydZWwz

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