In late May, the NZIA will call for expressions of interest for volunteer attendants at the New Zealand exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale. We haven’t yet had notice from the Biennale authorities about when the Biennale will open and close, but it could be that the opening will be in early June. We will have confirmation of our venue in mid to late May this year.
As with the volunteer programme in 2014, attendants will need to get themselves to Venice and cover their own travel insurance and living expenses. They’ll have free accommodation in an apartment rented by the NZIA, and will be supported by a local representative contracted to provide project management and exhibition training. The ideal stay is for up to a fortnight; two volunteers will be in residence at a time. Normally, volunteers will work at the exhibition six days a week; access to other Biennale exhibitions will be organised for them.
Ideally, volunteers will have a knowledge of and in interest in architecture, and will be sufficiently confident to engage with visitors and answer questions about the exhibition, New Zealand architecture and New Zealand in general. Social media skills will also be needed, as part of the job will be to post regular updates of Facebook, Twitter, etc.
The call for expressions of interest will be flagged here on the Venice website and on Facebook too, so keep an eye out if you’re keen. We hope to shortlist volunteers by August and to interview in them in person, if possible.