Shoe and Tell was selected to be part of Being Human 2017, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, by the festival organisers, the School of Advanced Study, University of London, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the British Academy (BA).
Held at Nottingham Writers’ Studio, the exhibition took visitors on an exploration of teenage identity, presenting photographs of Nottingham’s teenagers and their shoes. Extracts from their personal shoe narratives gives clarity on the important role everyday objects, such as shoes, have in communicating the complexities of teenage identity.
The exhibition asks participants to reflect on what it really means to be a teenager today, while triggering personal reflections of their own teenage experiences.
Visitors were invited to write their own personal teenage shoe story and contribute it to the Shoe and Tell Memory Tree located within the exhibition.