Life in my Shoes South Bank Exhibition Launches!

Posted on: 25th June 2013

This post first appeared on On the day that the Life in my Shoes exhibition launches on the South Bank, Emily,the LIMS campaign manager blogs…

“When we first started Life in my Shoes a few years ago, I don’t think I ever imagined that it would take us on such an incredible and varied journey… from classrooms across the country to international conferences, from festivals, corporate boardrooms and now to the Thames riverbank.

But that’s what Life in my Shoes is all about – finding different mediums to get people thinking and talking about HIV differently and to bring these issues to places and environments where they’re not usually seen or heard.

We always knew that we needed to do more than bombard people with statistics and facts. Instead, we find ways to engage and connect the public with the incredibly strong and inspiring individuals behind these figures.

Whether it’s through film, photography, art, spoken work or music, it’s vital that you’re given the opportunity to hear these voices and that these stories are being shared. In doing so, we’re bringing greater understanding and empathy to one another.

It’s been a privilege to work with some of the best creative minds to help us make LIMS happen, bringing these stories to life and creating a platform from which to generate the discussion and awareness these young people deserve.

Already we’ve seen the incredible impact our approach is having. We’ve reached thousands of young people and their teachers, and views and attitudes are shifting. Questions are being asked, opinions re-thought and behaviour is changing.

Sometimes, it’s easy to think and feel that the small things we do or say don’t really have an impact or will change much, but I can tell you that they do. Seeing thousands of people audition online for an HIV-related film, or share a blog post, or simply acknowledge that they may have been mistaken. It all makes a difference.

I want to thank the many talented organisations and individuals who each chose to do something to be a part of Life in my Shoes. Your acts of kindness have enabled us to achieve and aspire to change more in the future.

We would like to thank Rankin and Suki Dhanda, two incredible photographers who’ve captured some really beautiful and striking images that you will see on the South Bank.

Also we’d like to thank Pentagram, Jardine Couture and BAF Graphics for their considered approach to the exhibition and their patience in creating and executing it to the highest standard.

We also want to thank schuh for their generous support in making the exhibition possible.

Finally and most importantly, we’d like to thank the brave and courageous young people who’ve shared their stories and come together to make the exhibition happen. Every day they continue to make Life in my Shoes what it is and lead us to the future, where I know there will be more exciting, life-changing projects.”




  • MY at 17:20 on 25th June 2013

    Today we launched our first exhibition on the South Bank. We were so grateful to use ITV studios and welcomed by everyone. We all worked well together as a team, it was an eye opening experience. A few speeches were given to make people more aware of the purpose of the exhibition and informed them about how to make a change.
    The reactions of people walking by were as we hoped, we were able to capture the attention of the general public and we informed people creatively about HIV. The cubes are insightful and raised many questions. It feels great to be a part of an amazing movement.
    Through creative projects, we are able to educate people effectively, there are many ways of teaching people and we have… through the short film we did previously which ties into the exhibition and the music competition that is approaching, I’ve noticed that we have come a long way and continue to progress.
    I understand that people are willing to learn and we’re willing to teach. The cubes appealed to all age groups and shared many stories that related to people. The stories were touching and impactful, they were personal to the lives of those living with HIV. This took courage and outsiders were able to look inside the lives of these young people. Great job team x

  • MA at 13:13 on 26th June 2013

    If I was to describe the Body & Soul Life in my Shoes Exhibition launch in just three words they would be Powerful, Informative, & Yellow.

    Powerful from the speeches from individuals who have a real heart and desire for what this campaign is all about. Empathy. Compassion. Innocence. Acceptance just to name a few.
    To the profiles of the models of the Life in my Shoes photos, which were touching and heartfelt. The pictures at the launch spoke a thousand words, they were made up of creative poses, unique silhouettes, converse and hints of yellow. All modelled by young strong people who are the foundation of the campaign, and I am honoured to have seen how far this campaign has come and the drive to create a much needed change around the stigma of HIV.
    The atmosphere was sunny, and warm literally and metaphorically; banter, mingling, story telling, and enlightenment. All involved should be proud.
    This is just the beginning B&S… a legacy in the making, to the bright future!

  • SN at 17:37 on 1st July 2013

    So summer is here and many things may happen but for me the most exciting thing coming along this summer is the LIMS exhibition. On the 25th June the exhibition was launched at the ITV studios on London’s southbank.
    Standing in the room amongst members, LIMS ambassadors, patrons ,celebrities and such excitingly awaiting for the unveiling of the photos exhibition. I felt the magnificence of this moment. I stood as a positive young person living in the dark shadows of society. I have to hide this secret I live with. This secret that I can’t share with my family, my school friends or my church.
    But with this exhibition for one brief moment I could safely share what it’s like with many Londoners about what life can be like in my shoes. And for me the feeling of freedom and empowerment that is out of this world.