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a mile in my shoes

During 2017 we are touring A Mile in My Shoes in the UK and internationally (see where to find us next), continuing our collaboration with the Health Foundation and developing new projects for 2018.

 

a mile in my shoes – migration, london

We are looking for people with a story to tell. We are looking for new stories for a version of A Mile in My Shoes, which will be on at The Migration Museum in Lambeth in October 2017. We are looking for people who have moved to London from another country in the past 60 years and who are happy to be recorded talking about an aspect of their life. It can be about any part of your story and you’ll be working with a highly experienced audio producer who can help you. The recording can take place in your home or somewhere else convenient for you; it will take up to 3 hours. We ask each story-teller to donate a pair of shoes, that someone can walk in while listening to your story. Your story will form part of a growing exhibition, which will tour internationally. Please get in touch with project manager Tiphaine to find out more.

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our mission

What is it like to have spent years in prison, or to be a child growing up in Tehran, or to have rediscovered love in your eighties? The Empathy Museum will help you find out.

Launched in 2015, the Empathy Museum is dedicated to helping us look at the world through other people’s eyes. Through a series of participatory arts projects with a focus on storytelling and dialogue, it explores how empathy can not only transform our personal relationships, but also help tackle global challenges such as prejudice, conflict and inequality. The Empathy Museum is produced by ArtsAdmin.

 

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our film

Watch our film by the amazing Paul Wyatt who documented our journey for LIFT 16.

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The Empathy Museum presents

‘Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins’ – Native American proverb

 

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. We now have a collection of over 150 stories/shoes and have welcomed over 10,000 visitors since September 2015. Listen to a selection of the stories below or visit our SoundCloud playlist for more.

 

 

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PRESS

TrendsWatch, American Alliance of Museums (US)

The guardian (UK)

ABC (Australia)

New york times (US)

real time (Australia)

BBC World Service

The Independent

CBC News (Canada)

Corriere della Sera (Italy)

Globo TV (Brazil)

 

 

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The health foundation

We are collaborating on a long-term project with The Health Foundation to create a unique version of A Mile in My Shoes to highlight the experiences of people working in a range of roles in health and social care across the UK. We launched this at the NHS Confederation Conference last year and have shown it at Expo, the RSA and in the Houses of Parliament. You can listen to the stories on the Health Foundation’s A Mile in My Shoes digital platform here. We will continue to tour the A Mile in My Shoes Health and Social Care throughout 2017.

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The Empathy Museum presents

A Thousand and One Books is a new crowd-sourced library that will be filled with a 1001 books, each one donated by someone who loves that book and thinks that other people might love it too. Each book in the library is available to the public to take out and pass on. You can view our collection and the dedications at athousandandonebooks.com where you can also track who is reading each book and where.

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The Empathy Museum presents

A Human Library is like any other library but instead of borrowing a book you can borrow a person for conversation – A Living Book. We are running a programme of Human Libraries in the UK and internationally. We have presented Human Libraries at SOAS and The Whitechapel Gallery, London 2015 in partnership with Hubbub and two at Perth Literary Festival and as part of LIFT 16.

 

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WHERE TO FIND US NEXT

11 – 29 October 2017
Migration Museum, The Workshop, London SE1 7AG

29 September – 1 October 2017
HearSay International Audio Arts Festival, Kilfinane, Ireland

2 – 4 November 2017
KIKK Festival, Namur, Belgium

16 November 2017
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Over the next year we have plans to tour to: Moscow, Siberia, Coventry, and Milan – dates to be confirmed.

 

where we have been

10 – 12 July 2017
Off Grid Festival, Osea Island, Essex

28 April 2017
Celebrating Oliver Sacks, The Queen’s College, Oxford

17 February 2017
The Story, Conway Hall, London

31 October – 3 November 2016
Health and Social Care at the Houses of Parliament, London

16 September 2016
Being the Story, Conway Hall, London

17 – 18 September 2016
Festival of Thrift, Kirkleatham, Redcar

17 November 2016
Meaning, Brighton

7 – 8 September 2016
Health and Care Innovation Expo, Manchester

11 June – 2 July 2016
London International Festival of Theatre

15 – 17 June 2016
NHS Confederation in collaboration
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The Health Foundation

12 February – 6 March 2016

Perth International Arts Festival, Australia

In collaboration with the Centre for Stories

4 – 27 September 2015

Totally Thames, London

 

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empathy museum staff

 

clare patey, director

The Director of the Empathy Museum, Clare is an award winning artist and curator who creates participatory installations, performances and exhibitions. She was the director of the Museum Of, The Ministry of Trying to Do Something About It and curated Feast on the Bridge for the Thames Festival. www.clarepatey.com

 

Tiphaine Tailleux, Project Manager

Tiphaine Tailleux has 10 years experience delivering participation projects in education settings, theatre, social enterprise, festivals and public spaces. She has worked at Totally Thames, Battersea Arts Centre, LIFT, Participle and The British Council.  Tiphaine’s background is in Applied Theatre and she has considerable experience designing and running workshops with refugee groups, young people (16-25) from the care system, Pupil Referral Units, and vulnerable adults.

 

Rachel Briscoe, Associate Producer

Rachel Briscoe is an artist and producer. She has completed the Clore Short Course for Cultural Leaders and participated in the inaugural Producer Farm (Dance Umbrella/ Ferment). She was part of the British Council’s SPACE programme in 2013/14 and for 5 years to 2015 worked at Ovalhouse as Director of Theatre (jobshare) where the Guardian credited her with ‘restoring order to Ovalhouse with bold, experimental programming.’ Rachel has freelanced for King's Cultural Institute, the Old Vic and Einstein’s Garden. She is creative director of fanSHEN and a Near Now Fellow 2017/18.

 

Arts Admin, Producers

Established in 1979, Artsadmin enables artists to create without boundaries, producing bold, interdisciplinary work to share with local, national and international audiences. Everything Artsadmin do is underpinned by their core values: sustainable, collaborative, bold. Artsadmin produce Empathy Museum. www.artsadmin.co.uk

 

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empathy museum board members

 

Roman Krznaric

The founder of the Empathy Museum, Roman Krznaric is a writer, cultural thinker and international expert on empathy. His bestselling books, including ‘Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It’, have been translated into over twenty languages. www.romankrznaric.com

 

Eric Lonergan

Eric is a macro hedge-fund manager and one of the key funders of Big Issue Invest. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and author of the acclaimed book ‘Money’.

 

Richard Raworth

After a career in business, Richard has been a Trustee of Arthritis Research UK and Chair of its Finance Committee, and is a former Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the National Garden Scheme.

 

LORRAINE GAMMAN

Professor of Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, where in 1999 she founded the award-winning Design Against Crime Research Centre.  Lorraine is currently Principal Investigator on two AHRC funded research projects - Design Thinking for Prison Industries and also the Extending Empathy Network. She is co-curator/author of  numerous design exhibitions and journal articles, as well as the author of ‘Gone Shopping – the Story of Shirley Pitts’, Queen of Thieves (Bloomsbury 2012).

 

Morten Kringelbach

Professor Morten L Kringelbach studies pleasure in its many forms using a range of behavioural, neuropsychological, neuroimaging, neurosurgical and computational methods in his Hedonia Research Group, based at the Universities of Oxford and Aarhus. Apart from being a lot of fun, his prizewinning research is important since it may offer us novel and more effective ways to treat anhedonia, the lack of pleasure, which is a major component of affective disorders. www.queens.ox.ac.uk

 

 

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ADVISOR TO THE BOARD

 

kitty ross

Kitty is a producer and event director with a background in large-scale participatory projects and commissions. Major projects include the Mayor’s Thames Festival, the Thames Diamond Jubilee Festival, GESF Opening Ceremony and Feast on the Bridge.

 

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