Shoes Have Names at New Brewery Arts

Saturday 29 January to Sunday 3 April 2022

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New Brewery Arts’ new exhibition, Shoes Have Names, tells the untold stories of homelessness through conceptual fashion.

New Brewery Arts in Cirencester has a brand-new exhibition this January 2022, telling stories of homelessness in a completely unique way.

Shoes Have Names is a collaboration with conceptual fashion designer, Jo Cope, and homelessness charity, Shelter, where 10 internationally-renowned artists, shoemakers and designers teamed up with a formerly homeless person to create a shoe or pair of shoes telling their story.

Each shoe has been handmade and reflects the lived experiences of real people dealing with homelessness, using materials and techniques from recycling old sofas to 3D printing. The shoes are all named after the person or people who inspired them.

The exhibition aims to raise awareness of homeless people’s experiences – from fighting eviction, poor housing conditions, landlord issues and sleeping rough – and to fight the stigma that comes with them. It also hopes to show how working together and finding the right support can make a positive change.

Featuring a striking red aesthetic, the colour represents the emergency of the housing crisis and a call to action, according to Cope.

Homelessness is an issue particularly close to home for the Cirencester gallery, after it opened its Barrel Store accommodation to homeless people during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. This unique new exhibition encapsulates New Brewery Arts’ commitment to supporting the local community in Cirencester, as well as its passion for beautifully-made, high-quality crafts.

The free exhibition comes to New Brewery Arts from Saturday 29 January to Sunday 3 April 2022, following its launch at Shelter’s boutique shop in Coal Drop Yard at London Craft Week 2020.

For more information, visit

Shoes Have Names
New Brewery Arts
Saturday 29 January to Sunday 3 April 2022
From 9am to 5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and from 10am to 5pm Tuesday.
Free of charge
(01285) 657181

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Tuesday 14 December 2021



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