One of the highlights of the year at RGU is the annual Look Again Festival.

Look Again Festival 2015Look Again is delivered through a partnership between Robert Gordon University (RGU) and independent art agency SMART. The festival aims to establish the region as a centre of excellence for visual art and design and also encourages visitors to become tourists in their own city, looking at their surroundings through fresh eyes and gaining a new appreciation of the region.

The Festival is a celebration of the very best contemporary visual art and design, showcasing both local and internationally acclaimed talent in Aberdeen.

Look Again has become a huge success and one of the reasons for this is the bank of volunteers who give up their time to support the festival, both on campus at RGU and at the events and exhibitions taking place throughout the city.

The Volunteers are integral to the festival, they are the first point of call for the public wishing to participate, or obtain more information about the artworks, talks and events. They are the face of the festival and represent the festival as a whole with their presence and interaction with the public.

Q&A with Festival Volunteer, Kirsty Hill

Kirsty Hill is originally from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire and moved up to the Granite City to study Film & Visual Culture and History of Art.

We spoke to Kirsty to find out what being a volunteer at Look Again involved and what others can expect if they wish to try it out.

How did you learn about the Look Again Festival?

Kirsty - I was aware of the festival from previous years having lived in the city and decided to get involved this year as there was so much going on

Why did you choose to volunteer?

I decided to volunteer with Look Again because, coming to the end of my degree, I wanted to find some practical and fulfilling work experience that was relevant to the area I was studying in, and the festival provided a great chance to do that!

Can you tell us a little bit about what your role as a Look Again volunteer involved?

Our job was to help make the art engaging and accessible for everyone, which involved providing a friendly face for visitors to come and talk to about the art on display, providing them with information about specific pieces as well as the festival in general. I also got to help out in the festival's pop-up shop in the Bon Accord Centre.

It was great to be able to have these conversations with so many different people, as no two people's responses to the art were the same.

Did you enjoy the experience and would you recommend it to others?

Yes, the experience was very enjoyable and beneficial, and the Look Again team look after their volunteers very well! I would definitely recommend it.

And finally, have you got any advice for people thinking about volunteering?

As cliché as it sounds, you do only get out what you put in so I would advise people to take part in as many different things as possible - chat to the artists and makers about their work, support your fellow volunteers and take part in the social side of volunteering too.

Also, volunteering seems like something that can be quite time-consuming but if this is something that puts you off, the option to do one day or half-day shifts is available, so there is always a way to get involved!

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  • Look Again Festival

    James Nelson - Look Again

    Visual Art & Design Festival is a celebration of the very best contemporary visual art and design, showcasing both local and internationally acclaimed talent in Aberdeen.