TERM: Monday, February 25 – Thursday, March 7, 2019, daily from 9:00 am – 6:00 p.m.

Job Description

We’re Looking for Dedicated Volunteers! 

About Honolulu Biennial Foundation

Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that produces Honolulu Biennial, which takes place every two years, spread across various sites within the city and has a focus on exhibiting artists from the countries and continents linked by the Pacific Ocean. Honolulu Biennial debuted March 8th to May 8th, 2017 (HB17), featured 33 artists from over a dozen countries and Hawaiʻi, and welcomed 97,305 visits across nine exhibition sites. HB17 also offered 65 different public programs, and provided field trips to over 1,200 children across Oʻahu. Honolulu Biennial 2019 (HB19) will take place March 8th-May 5th, 2019.

Throughout the year, HBF serves the local community by presenting educational outreach programs, with an emphasis on programming for Hawaii’s youth, as well as exhibitions and professional development opportunities for the local arts community.

Join HB19 Artist Chiharu Shiota’s Project as a Volunteer Installer!

Acclaimed installation and performance artist Chiharu Shiota is renowned for her intricate thread installations that explore fundamental human concerns such as life, death and relationships. Her installations are often evocative of personal and collective memory through her use of everyday found objects such as beds, keys and shoes.

For the Honolulu Biennial 2019, Chiharu will create a new site-specific large-scale thread installation that will include a selection of historical maps connected through an abstract network of thread. This large-scale installation will require many hands to complete, creating a singular volunteer opportunity to work side by side with Chiharu and her professional team, along with the HBF installation team, for the duration of this installation!


Number Volunteer Positions Available: 8

Schedule: Monday, February 25 – Thursday, March 7, 2019, daily from 9:00 am – 6:00 p.m.

Location: The Hub, Ward Village 1200 Ala Moana Blvd Ste 150

Required: Must commit to entire installation schedule, patience, comfortable working on ladders

Desired: experience with fine arts, textiles, weaving, or other fine work with hands, interest in contemporary art.

Compensation: This is a volunteer position. Upon successful completion of the volunteer commitment, participants will receive a $100 honorarium and All-Access Pass for HB19.

To apply: Please send a note of inquiry and your CV to courtney@honolulubiennial.org

About Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota lives and works in Berlin. In 2007, she received the Art Encouragement Prize from the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Her solo exhibitions across the world include Art Gallery of South Australia (2018); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2018); Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2017); K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2015); Smithsonian Institution Arthur M.Sackler Gallery, Washington DC (2014); the Museum of Art, Kochi (2013); and the National Museum of Art, Osaka (2008) among others. She has also participated in numerous international exhibitions such as Oku-Noto International Art Festival (2017), Sydney Biennale (2016), Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (2009) and Yokohama Triennale (2001). In 2015, Shiota was selected to represent Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale.