A Mile in My Shoes: Worcester
A MILE IN MY SHOES: WORCESTER
An Interactive Art Project
A shoe shop where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally.
NEVER JUDGE A MAN UNTIL YOU HAVE WALKED A MILE IN HIS MOCCASINS’
NATIVE AMERICAN PROVERB
New local arts organization, The Company of Others, present their first major project in Worcester– the Empathy Museum’s A Mile in My Shoes. On 25 May this extraordinary international project will open its doors in Worcester’s Cathedral Square where it will stay until 3 June.
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 florist 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. The Company of Others is delighted to share 20 new stories that have been commissioned in Worcestershire to join the existing collection of over 150. You can listen to a selection by visiting the Empathy Museum’s website – empathymuseum.com
The Company of Others, Director and Creative Producer Kitty Ross said: ‘This is the first of many exciting international projects that The Company of Others will be presenting in the region and sets a bench mark for the scale and ambition of work to come. A Mile in My Shoes is an extraordinary project and we are thrilled to be adding Worcestershire voices to the growing international collection’
“Such a great idea and so effective to steep your mind into someone else’s reality. The sound is so good it’s as though the person is talking into your ear, confiding… I listened to a story of loss and resilience told in Victoria’s clear and poised voice – heart-breaking and inspiring. Many thanks for this one off experience” Cecile, London 2015
A Mile in My Shoes was conceived and developed for the Empathy Museum by Artist Clare Patey. The Worcester stories have been recorded and produced by Audio Producers Mair Bosworth, Rob Eagle, Karen Gregor, Eliza Lomas and Tom Bonnett.
Empathy Museum Director Clare Patey said ‘The Empathy Museum are delighted to be showing A Mile in My Shoes in collaboration with The Company of Others. We hope that both local and international audiences will walk for many miles in the shoes of people from Worcestershire who have so generously shared their stories for this project.’
The Worcester presentation of A Mile in My Shoes is made possible through funding from Arts Council England, the Elmley Foundation, the Bransford Trust and Worcester Arts Partnership. We are grateful for the support of Worcester City Council.
Try on someone else’s life for size.
25 May – 3 June 2018
10am – 5pm daily
Cathedral Square, Worcester