Jumping in at the deep end

My Collabor-8 experience started with a phone call to Alice, our group coordinator to arrange a meeting to try and find out what Collabor-8 was about and how I could get involved…

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Meeting with Alice, she told me about 8 simple tasks I could complete to become a Nottingham Contemporary advocate and invited me along to the next steering meeting. I wasn’t sure what to expect and was a bit nervous about turning up alone and having nothing to say. I thought I would be an outsider but I made myself go because I knew it would look good on my CV.

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8 months down the line, my work with the Collabor-8 collective does look good on my CV, but more importantly I’ve made a great group of friends and got involved with the gallery in ways I could never have expected.

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I joined the group in the middle of planning Affinity Festival, throwing myself in at the deep end, which has been stressful and confusing at times, but above all else it has been fun and I am so glad that I got to be part of it. Discovering the funny quirks of the group, hosting events and going on trips to other galleries and cities has all provided me with amazing memories of the lovely bunch of people from Nottingham Contemporary’s Collabor-8 collective, and I can’t believe I ever thought twice about joining.

–  Catherine, 20, Collabor-8 Collective member