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Walk a Mile in My Shoes

A unique event took place in Clonmel on Friday September 22nd as part of Culture Night 2017. Walk a mile in my shoes was an actual 1 mile community walk from Jervis Place in Clonmel to the Limerick Institute of Technology Clonmel Campus. If you were in Clonmel on Friday afternoon you would have seen 4 very different installations of shoes on the Narrow Street, Gladstone Street and Prior Park Road. The shoes were created by LIT students to explore relationships and what we reveal/hide from others. The outside of the shoe was decorated with what others see and the inside was the real person. The topic raises questions about the masks people where and how much we can really know someone else. There were shoes of all different colours and sizes. The event was in conjunction with Cuan Saor who do great work in the area of domestic violence in Clonmel and 1 of the installations contained 13 pairs of undecorated shoes for the 13 women in Tipperary who sadly died as a result of domestic violence.

 Walk a mile in My Shoes
Walk a mile in My Shoes

Walk a mile in my shoes was captured in photos and by recording the audio of stories behind the shoes. These stories can be found at anchor.fm/pen&pixel and will be part of the upcoming exhibition at Place4U and the South Tipperary Positive Mental Health Festival in October.

Like lots of projects, Walk a mile in my shoes was supported by a number of organisations: the Arts Office of Tipperary County Council, Tesco Clonmel and the wonderful retailers who let us set up outside their shops: Southern Meats Butchers, Premier Meats and The Wardrobe. A walk also took place in Carrick On Suir on the same day and time and was organised by Linda Fahy at the Tudor Artisan Hub. A special mention must be made of Caitriona Ni Chasaide and Bernie Goldbach who recorded the event as well as Michael Keogh who helped to bring it all together.

The idea behind walk a mile in my shoes is to promote the fact that we are all so very different and that we can only get glimpses of others – what you see on the outside. It is said that if you want to know me then you need to walk a mile in my shoes.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Walk a Mile in My Shoes


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