On 25th May the Empathy Museum's extraordinary international project A Mile in My Shoes will open it's doors in Worcester city-centre. It is being presented by new local arts organisation The Company of Others and is the first of many exciting projects to be seen in the county - watch this space...
A Mile in My Shoes: The Empathy Museum
Cathedral Square, Worcester
25th May - 3rd June 2018
10am - 5pm (daily)
A Mile in My Shoes is a shoe shop where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes - literally. Housed in a giant shoebox, this exhibit holds a diverse collection of shoes and audio stories that explore our shared humanity. From a Syrian refugee to a sex worker, a war veteran to a neuro surgeon, visitors are invited to walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger whilst listening to their story. The stories cover different aspects of life, from loss and grief to hope and love and take the visitor on an empathetic as well as a physical journey. The Empathy Museum launched the project in London in 2015 and it has since been presented in Sao Paolo, Brussels and the Houses of Parliament with stories collected in each location. 20 new stories have been commissioned in Worcestershire to join the existing collection of over 150. Listen to a selection by visiting the Empathy Museum's SoundCloud playlist.
A Mile in My Shoes was conceived and developed for the Empathy Museum by Artist Clare Patey, with writer and philosopher Roman Krznaric. The Worcester stories have been recorded and produced by Audio Producers Mair Bosworth, Rob Eagle, Eliza Lomas and Tom Bonnett.
What is The Empathy Museum? The Empathy Museum was conceived as a series of travelling pop-up exhibits, and as a digital museum (still in development). The museum is curated by Clare Patey and produced by Artsadmin. A Mile in My Shoes is the first major commission for the Empathy Museum and short film about the project, and a selection of stories from the growing collection, can be seen on the Empathy Museum website -www.empathymuseum.com