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LIFT 16

This summer the Empathy Museum was commissioned by LIFT 16 to show A Mile in My Shoes, A Thousand and One Books and run a Human Library as part of the London International Festival of Theatre. We collaborated with producers Artsadmin and the Now Gallery on Greenwich Peninsula to create this free exhibit that ran from 11th June to 2nd July. The amazing Paul Wyatt documented our journey in the film below. Enjoy!

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 in June. During three days over three hundred people from the public health and policy sector walked in the shoes of those who deliver the NHS. We have more events planned with the Health Foundation for 2016/17.

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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 the first experiential arts space dedicated to helping us all look at the world through other people’s eyes. By touring internationally, it will explore how empathy can not only transform our personal relationships but also help tackle global challenges such as prejudice, conflict and inequality.

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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.

A Thousand and One Books opened as part of LIFT 16 in June and will tour during 2017.

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The Empathy Museum presents

The Empathy Museum’s first exhibit is a shoe shop where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally. With contributions that range from a sewer worker to a sex worker 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 99 stories and have welcomed over 8,000 visitors. Listen to a selection of the stories below or visit our SoundCloud playlist for more.

 

 

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PRESS

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 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

16 September 2016
Being the Story, Conway Hall, London

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

17 November 2016
Meaning, Brighton

 

where we have been

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.

 

 

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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.

 

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.

 

 

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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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