Students of fashion, photography and sociology and kick’s enthusiasts can learn all about the artistic, social, cultural, historical and industrial significance of the training shoe at an unusual symposium being held at the Guildhall, Northampton. Symposium speakers will include V&A curator of contemporary programs Ligaya Salazar who will be in conversation with sneaker connoisseur Kish Kash, and Thomas Turner of Birkbeck College talking about the social and cultural significance of sports shoes through the nineteenth and twentieth century and eminent researchers from the University of Sheffield exploring how trainers made the transition to the street and how wearing them can change people's identities. The event is part of Northampton Borough Council museums spring program which aims to inform, entertain and educate. The Symposium of the Training Shoe takes place at The Guildhall on Saturday 2 April from 10am to 4.30pm and will be followed by a private viewing of the Sneaker Peak exhibition currently showing at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.
Tickets for the event cost £7.50 for students, £20 for others, and include lunch, the private viewing and evening refreshments.
For more information about the symposium or to reserve a place contact the museum on 01604 837632/838111