Who We Are

The Company of Others is a not for profit organisation that works with artists to produce ambitious, extraordinary, socially engaged projects in the public realm. The company was founded by local Producer Kitty Ross with the ambition of presenting engaging and inspiring international work in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. In May this year we presented our first project, the Empathy Museum’s A Mile in My Shoes, setting a bench mark for the scale, quality and ambition of work that the company will produce in future. Over 2,000 people took part over its 10 day installation.

“Knocked out! A really emotional and inspiring experience, I haven’t felt like this since seeing the Poppies at the Tower of London – makes me sit up and think”

“More, more, more of this in Worcester”

A Mile in My Shoes - Empathy Museum

On 25th May 2018 the Company of Others presented the Empathy Museum's extraordinary international project A Mile in My Shoes in Worcester city-centre.  We commissioned 20 stories from Worcestershire residents which were presented with stories from the Empathy Museum collection. The Worcester stories have now joined this growing collection and gone on to tour nationally and internationally.

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