Shoe and Tell: A Celebration of Teenage Identity

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 the teenagers’ personal shoe narratives gave clarity on the important role these everyday objects have in communicating the complexities of teenage identity.

The exhibition asked 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 to the Shoe and Tell Memory Tree located within the exhibition.





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