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Walk a mile in someone else's shoes at ACCA during Welcome Week

The Empathy Museum’s acclaimed immersive exhibit A Mile in My Shoes will open - in a giant shoe box - outside the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts from 14-23 September. 

Programmed to coincide with the University of Sussex’s Welcome Week (17-22 September), the exhibit invites visitors to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally - while listening to their story and going on a physical and empathetic journey. 

From a Syrian dentist to an Australian sex worker, a florist to a sheep farmer, A Mile in My Shoes brings together a diverse collection of audio stories and shoes from all over the world that explore our shared humanity.

Each story lasts 10 minutes and The Empathy Museum will be open from 11am-5pm daily. Entry is free and visitors are invited to ‘drop in’. No advanced booking is required.

The first A Mile in My Shoes took place in 2015 and was the inaugural project of the Empathy Museum. Since then, there have been national and international iterations including in Brazil, Australia and as part of LIFT16. 

The Empathy Museum is a collaboration between artist Clare Patey and cultural thinker Roman Krznaric and is dedicated to helping us look at the world through other people’s eyes.  Since its launch, the Empathy Museum has established a reputation for delivering projects that combine quality artistic experiences with an ambition for social change. The Empathy Museum is produced by ArtsAdmin. 

Clare Patey said: “The Empathy Museum is really excited to be bringing A Mile in My Shoes to Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. Welcome Week is a perfect time for us to be inviting new audiences to try on someone else’s life for size and to reflect on our shared human connection.”

Laura McDermott, Creative Director, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, said, “In the current moment, when many forces are attempting to drive divisions between people, empathy feels more important than ever.  

"The Empathy Museum’s A Mile in my Shoes asks the public, in a very direct way, to consider the world from someone else's point of view.  

"We hope that lots of people, especially newcomers to the city and the University of Sussex, will take some time to step into someone else’s shoes via this special work.”


By: Nicola Jeffs
Last updated: Friday, 31 August 2018