Take a walk in someone else's shoes - literally

A Mile in My Shoes pop-up storytelling exhibition heads to Melbourne

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EMPATHY: Image courtesy of Perth Festival. Photographer: Natasha Pawlow

EMPATHY: Image courtesy of Perth Festival. Photographer: Natasha Pawlow

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Exhibition asks participants to step inside a giant shoe shop on Arts Centre Melbourne forecourt.

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THE Arts Centre Melbourne is inviting visitors to walk a mile in someone else's shoes as part of a free participatory arts project exploring empathy.

A Mile in My Shoes is a free pop-up storytelling exhibition created by London-based Empathy Museum's award-winning artist and curator Clare Patey

Participants are invited to step inside a giant shoe shop on Arts Centre Melbourne forecourt from November 1-17, where they will temporarily trade their footwear, slip on some headphones and take a short walk, as the shoe's owner tells a story about their life.

The Melbourne project features 35 stories on the theme of water, including 23 stories donated by Melbournians and 12 stories collected during Empathy's Museum's travels around the world.

Contributions range from a marine biologist to an Aquaphobic English migrant, a Vietnam War veteran to a 10-year-old contemplating the Yarra River.

From England to Brazil, A Mile in My Shoes has travelled all around the world. Now it's Melbourne's turn to see the world through someone else's eyes.

The audio stories range from 5-15 minutes but it is recommended allowing 30 minutes for the experience.

03-9281-8000, www.artscentremelbourne.com.au

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