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These Shoes Were Made For Giving....

Published on January 19th 2006.

Now you may not think that your stinky old shoes are worthy of the back of your wardrobe, let alone an art gallery, but the Cornerhouse desperately need your old shoes to make up part of a new, special project beginning at the end of this month.

British Art Show 6 will run between January 28 and April 2, and will be a unique opportunity to view recent developments in British contemporary art. The shoes are wanted to help with a project called M-Path, by artist Adam Chodzco.

When visitors arrive at the Cornerhouse for British Art Show 6, they will be invited to swap their own shoes for a second hand pair for the duration of their visit, the point being that the shoes will direct visitors’ paths through the galleries, offering another stance when looking at art. Adam Chodzco says “The starting point is visualizing a journey from the back of people’s wardrobes, to the feet of a gallery visitor and then on to West Africa”.

Adam Chodzco is looking for any type of shoes, whether men’s, women’s or children’s, but as your donated shoes will be worn by someone else, make sure that they’re in a good condition and haven’t been chewed too much by the dog.

As always, Manchester Confidential is leading the way, and our Lindsay is setting a good example by donating a pair of her old shoes. Unfortunately we don’t know where her feet have been, so if on your visit to the exhibition you are offered a pair of shoes with “L. Cessford” written on the inside, I’d suggest that you kindly decline and request a different pair.

So if you think your old unwanted shoes have what it takes to be part of this exhibition, take them along to the Cornerhouse gallery reception before January 26. As an extra incentive, when your shoes have fulfilled their creative purpose, they will be donated to Oxfam for aid to Mali.

Jayne Robinson
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