Murmurations is a public response to the unique history of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Hyde Park Barracks as a site representing the forced migration of people.
Murmurations is a digital artwork by First Nations artist Tony Albert and Sāmoan–Australian artist Angela Tiatia, commissioned specifically for the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Hyde Park Barracks. The work brings together First Nations perspectives from Australia and the Pacific to explore the history of the Barracks as a site of migration.
Murmurations tells the migration story of two separate groups through the lens of indigeneity. The artistic team look at a world, time and place abstracted and ever-morphing; perhaps it is far into the future or long ago in the past. The work centres around exploration and encounters; not ones met through politics, war or conflict, but through love, ceremony and engagement. Murmurations asks what we have to give to one another, rather than what we want to take away. Migration and coming together become a direct focus for shaping our understanding.
21 May, 11am & 1pm
Art in Warrane
Join us for a public art walking tour through the rich history and cultural heritage of Sydney’s Hyde Park Barracks and surrounding areas
28 May, 10am-3pm
Murmurations: Community Cultural Festival
This family-friendly event will include performance, workshops, talks and food
Make your own love token
Join us for a hands-on activity that asks you to think about the strong bonds that remain between loved ones even when migration keeps people apart
Weaving a Connection to Culture
Join First Nations facilitators from Australia and the Pacific who will share their unique weaving practices
30 March, 6pm
Murmurations: Artist Talk
Join Angela Tiatia and Tony Albert as they discuss their major new work, Murmurations
12-13 April, 10am & 2pm
Make your own lei using recycled materials
Kids will learn how to make their very own lei using recycled materials
Murmurations is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Blockbusters Funding initiative. The Murmurations program was commissioned by the City of Sydney as part of Art & About.
Hyde Park BarracksQueens Square, Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 8239 2311
- Wheelchair accessible
30 March - 4 June 2023