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Walk In My Shoes

If someone said "tell me about your life", what would you say?

Walk In My Shoes is part of Here & Now, a national project supported by Arts Council England and Future Arts Centres, marking The National Lottery’s 25th birthday. Running in arts centres across the UK, Here & Now aims to create new conversations and understanding between different groups of people who don’t usually have contact to develop new creative conversations. We joined 40 other arts centres across the country telling the stories of places and people - what are the hopes and dreams, aspirations and fears of our communities right now?

Our Here & Now project was called Walk In My Shoes. We wondered what would happen if we brought younger and older people together across the generations. We teamed up with hoot creative arts and their talented artists - writers, story-tellers and theatre-makers. For many years hoot have run their ground-breaking Breathing Space groups for people with dementia and their carers and partners while we have offered creative opportunities for young people. Between us we brought together the two generations to find out what it would be like to “walk in my shoes”.

So throughout autumn 2021 our Courtyard was full of chat, interaction and most of all creativity. Each Monday of the month young and old shared writing, stories and drama and discovered what they had in common and what was different about their lives. Although they may be separated by the years and life experience, there was plenty to share and find out about each other. What got you through lockdown? What is your vision for a future world?

The whole experience was captured on a film put together by Andrew Wicks which can be watched in full via the link on this page.