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Murmurations at Hyde Park Barracks

Bringing together First Nations perspectives on the history of the Hyde Park Barracks.
By Orlaith Costello
April 27, 2023
By Orlaith Costello
April 27, 2023

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Museums of History NSW has announced this year's annual art installation: Murmurations. Murmurations brings together the perspectives of First Nations peoples from Australia and the Pacific to explore the history of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks.

The digital art installation was created by acclaimed First Nations artist Tony Albert and  Sāmoan–Australian artist Angela Tiatia with Lille Madden, Alina Olivares-Panucci and Corin Ileto. It offers viewers an opportunity to engage with the history and culture of Australia and the wider Pacific region. Rich cultural narratives are woven into the work, delving into the complex history of Hyde Park Barracks and its significance in shaping our understanding of migration and identity.

Experience this thought-provoking installation on view daily in the Hyde Park Barracks courtyard from 10am–5pm until Sunday, June 4, completely free of charge.

In addition to the artwork, there is a specially curated program of talks, workshops and performances that deepen understanding of the artwork and site including the Community Cultural Festival on Sunday, 28 May — the full program can be found on the Museums of History NSW website.

Throughout May until June 4, visitors can create their own love token — handmade coins crafted by convicts which they gave to their loved ones before they were transported to begin their sentence — and engage in First Nations weaving traditions at the Weaving a Connection to Culture drop-in weaving workshop.


The Murmurations art installation is on view daily at the Hyde Park Barracks courtyard from 10am–5pm until Sunday, June 4. Entry is free.

Image credit: 1. Murmurations (still) by Tony Albert and Angela Tiatia, with Lille Madden, Alina Olivares-Panucci and Corin Ileto, 2023. Commissioned by MHNSW. 2. Photo Joshua Morris for MHNSW.

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