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A Mile in My Shoes

Clare Patey

A Mile in My Shoes for Clare Patey’s Empathy Museum. Photo by Aivars Ivbulis.

“The intimate exposure to the details of another’s life will stay with you long after you have returned their shoes to the box”


To understand another person, try walking a mile in their shoes. This pop-up store, housed in a giant shoebox at the Australian National Maritime Museum, allows you to do just that.

Visitors are invited to enter the store and try on a pair of shoes that belong to someone else and to listen to their story. It might be a tale of loss and sadness, hope and love, of odds overcome. But whoever’s shoes you walk in, A Mile in My Shoes will take you to places you can’t anticipate.

Created by artist Clare Patey and produced by Artsadmin, A Mile in My Shoes has been experienced in London, Sao Paulo, New York, Riga, Denver, Perth and Melbourne. This new iteration, created with the Australian National Maritime Museum, celebrates the voices of migrants and refugees who have made Australia home.

Date and time

3 January – 30 April 2021

Please note
This is now a past event.


Sydney Festival
Australian National Maritime Museum