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Tuesday 28 August 2018

Pop Up Giant Shoe Box Museum In Brighton Will Take Visitors On Physical & Empathetic Journey

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, Brighton, this autumn.

Programmed to coincide with the University of Sussex's Welcome Week (17-22 September), visitors will be invited 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.

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."
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.  
Each story lasts ten minutes and The Empathy Museum will be open 11am-5pm daily, from 14-23 September 2018. Entry is free and visitors invited to 'drop in'. No advanced booking is required. CLICK HERE for info.

by: Mike Cobley


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