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Empathy Museum

Clare Patey

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A Thousand and One Books for Clare Patey’s Empathy Museum. Photo: Cat Lee.

What’s it like to have been a prisoner of war? To be a sex worker, miner or refugee? Or to have rediscovered love in your eighties? Empathy Museum invites you to look at the world through someone else’s eyes.

Curated by artist Clare Patey, Empathy Museum presents a series of travelling, participatory experiences focused on storytelling and dialogue. Experience A Mile in My Shoes, an interactive shoe shop where you can literally walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger while listening to a story about their life. Other projects include A Thousand and One Books, a crowd-sourced library for armchair travel into other lives and times, and Human Library, where instead of borrowing a book, visitors borrow a person – a Living Book – for an afternoon of conversation.

Empathy Museum doesn’t have a permanent home. Its projects are travelling, nimble pop-ups – they’ve been across the UK and to Belgium, Ireland, the USA, Australia, Brazil and Siberia. To keep up with its whereabouts, explore videos, podcasts and more visit

For more information on this project download the touring pack. For touring opportunities and further details please contact Empathy Museum.

Date Title Venue City
5 September – 3 October 2021 A Mile in My Shoes Sommerblut Festival Cologne
3 January – 30 April 2021 A Mile in My Shoes Sydney Festival Australian National Maritime Museum
18–26 September 2020 A Mile in My Shoes International Triennial of Art and Environment EKO 8 Maribor
1–10 September 2020 A Mile in My Shoes Homo Novus Riga
8–24 May 2020 Empathy Museum (online) Sommerblut Festival Cologne
1–17 November 2019 Empathy Museum Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne
23–26 August 2019 Empathy Museum Byline Festival Nutley, East Sussex
8 August – 28 September 2019 Empathy Museum Biennial of the Americas Denver
25–28 June 2019 Empathy Museum Broadgate Coventry
14–23 June 2019 Empathy Museum 3 Newburgh St London
4–5 October 2018 Empathy Museum Future of Storytelling New York
29 September – 7 October 2018 Empathy Museum Findhorn Bay Festival Moray
14–23 September 2018 Empathy Museum Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts Brighton
6–9 September 2018 Empathy Museum Lakes Alive Kendal
25 May – 3 June 2018 Empathy Museum Cathedral Square Worcester
8–25 February 2018 Empathy Museum Migration Museum at The Workshop London
18 November – 17 December 2017 Empathy Museum Parque do Ibirapuera Sao Paulo
2–6 November 2017 Empathy Museum Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair Krasnoyarsk
2–5 November 2017 Empathy Museum KIKK Festival Namur
10–12 July 2017 Empathy Museum OffGrid Osea Island
17–18 September 2016 Empathy Museum Festival of Thrift Redcar
11 June – 2 July 2016 Empathy Museum LIFT Festival, NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula London
Mass of poloroid photos of feet in shoes, with handwritten audience messages
A Mile in My Shoes for Clare Patey’s Empathy Museum.

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