Welcome to the 2022 Biennale of Sydney Volunteer Application Form

The Biennale of Sydney is one of the leading international contemporary art events. It plays an indispensable role in Australia’s engagement with the world, and a meaningful role in the life of the nation. The Biennale presents the most dynamic contemporary art from around the globe in venues across Sydney with exhibitions that ignite and surprise people, sparking dialogue, cultivating connections and inspiring action through meaningful, shared arts experiences. 

The Biennale of Sydney amplifies the voices of artists and tell the stories of our global communities, as they drive momentum for lasting cultural change. Established in 1973, it is the third oldest biennial in the world after Venice and São Paulo and the largest exhibition of its kind in Australia. The Biennale of Sydney has commissioned and presented exceptional works of art by more than 1,900 national and international artists from more than 100 countries.

Situated along the waterways of the Gadigal and Burramattagal people, rīvus – the 23rd Biennale of Sydney – will be articulated through a series of conceptual wetlands and imagined ecosystems populated by artworks, public programs, experiments and research. 

rīvus, meaning ‘stream’ in Latin, is being developed and realised by Colombian curator José Roca, Artistic Director, 23rd Biennale of Sydney, and a group of highly respected local curators.

All applications are reviewed within 10 business days during which stage your nominated referees are contacted. Offers will be made from 14 February onwards.We look forward to seeing your application come through!

Perks of Volunteering

  • Biennale T-shirt & Tote Bag
  • Certificate of appreciation
  • Name commemorated on Biennale website
  • Knowledge Exchanges throughout the Biennale
  • Surprise events during National Volunteer Week (16 – 22 May 2022)!
  • Invitation to Staff & Volunteer After-party
  • Meet new friends and be the face of Australia's premier arts event
  • Much More!

COVID-Safe practices

The Biennale of Sydney team is following public health orders relating to coronavirus. As such we will endeavour to implement various covid-safe practices throughout the volunteer program. All volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be asked to present proof of vaccination in order to attend shifts. Volunteers will also be supplied with Rapid Antigen Test Kits, face masks and sanitiser to ensure safe attendance at the time of your shift.


As part of the application process, you are required to create an account by entering an email and password. These details will be needed to log back into your account in the future so be sure to keep a record of them with you.

Personal Information

General Availability

Please indicate your availability throughout a normal week. You will be able to select your own shifts through our platform once your application is successful. Shifts at the 2022 Biennale of Sydney are offered in half-day or full-day time slots.

Application Information

The following information helps us assess your application and assign you to your preferred or suitable role. We'd love to hear more about you!
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Supporting Information



Please supply the details of two referees. A referee is anyone who can vouch for:
  • What you are like as a person
  • What you are like to work with
A referee may be someone from the following list:
  • Your current (or recent) employer
  • Your manager or supervisor
  • A current (or recent) teacher, tutor or lecturer
  • Someone you have volunteered for
If you don't have any work experience (paid or unpaid) you could ask someone to be a character reference. Where possible:
  • Please list at least one professional referee.
  • Please do not list family members or friends as your referees.
  • Please do not list the volunteer who encouraged you to apply as your referee.
Please note that we will contact your referees prior to making an offer. You will be accepted as a volunteer following ONE sufficient reference, however please note that this can take time. Please ensure that your referees are current, and they are aware that we will be contacting them.
Referee 1
Referee 2

Emergency Contact

Please provide details of a family member or friend for us to contact in the case of an emergency.


If you have a national police check (NPC) or working with children's check (WWCC), please provide the details below. Working with Children's Checks are required by all volunteers prior to commencing with us. They can be obtained for free and the Biennale team can guide you through the process. You do not need to have one to complete this application form.
Don't have a working with childrens' check? Click here to find out how to obtain one for free!