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Shoe and Tell: A Celebration of Teenage Identity

In association with the Being Human Festival 2017

A photograph of a pair of converse trainers

With so much emphasis on image and individuality, how do today’s teenagers negotiate the complexity of identity as they move into adulthood?

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is delighted to present Shoe and Tell, an interactive exhibition of photography and supporting narratives.

  • From: Thursday 23 November 2017, 10 am
  • To: Saturday 25 November 2017, 12 pm
  • Location:   Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FH
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Event details

Taking place at Nottingham Writers’ Studio, this exhibition takes you on an exploration of teenage identity, presenting photographs of Nottingham’s teenagers and their shoes. Extracts from their personal shoe narrative give 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 are invited to write their own personal teenage shoe story and contribute it to the Shoe and Tell Memory Tree located within the exhibition.

You can follow the Shoe and Tell story via Instagram. To get involved simply use the hashtag #NTUShoeAndTell

For more information about the Shoe and Tell research project please visit the website.

Being Human Festival 2017

17 – 25 November 2017

The Being Human Festival 2017 highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.

Shoe and Tell was selected to be part of Being Human 2017 by the festival organisers, the School of Advanced Study, University of London, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the British Academy (BA).


For all enquires about this exhibition please email Dr Naomi Braithwaite, lecturer in Fashion Marketing Management and Communication at NTU or call +44 (0)115 848 2818.


Opening times

Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November
10.30 am – 5.30 pm
Saturday 25 November10 am – 12 pm

Location details


  Nottingham Writers’ Studio


25 Hockley

Travel Info:

Nottingham Writers’ Studio is located in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, within easy reach of the city centre, trams, parking, and the railway station.

Please visit the Nottingham Writers' Studio website for full location details.

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Naomi Braithwaite
0115 848 2818