Call for Artists

The title of the 2019 Honolulu Biennial is ‘TO MAKE WRONG/ RIGHT / NOW’, drawn from the poem Manifesto by Native Hawaiian artist and poet Imaikalani Kalahel. In honoring this poem’s theme, the Biennial approach has been grounded in a deep reverence for land, ocean, wahi pana (storied places), the genealogical ties within Hawaiʻi and the wider Pacific region.

At the April 27th FEAST, we are seeking artists to pitch public art / creative advocacy projects that uplift the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands community and / or bring awareness to the issues faced by these communities.

Project mediums can include, but are not limited to: photography, videography, music, written blogs, spoken word, murals, and other 2-D and 3-D formats.

Three – five artists will be selected to present at the April 27th FEAST. Selected artists will be asked to provide a short (5-7 min) presentation on:
– The proposed public art / creative advocacy project.
– How the proposed public art / creative advocacy project will benefit the community-at-large.
– How, if selected as the winning presenter, the event proceeds from FEAST will be used for the proposed project.

After the presentations, attendees at the FEAST will vote on their favorite proposal. The winning presenter(s) will be awarded a portion of the proceeds from the event to support their proposed project (appx. $700-$1000). Winning presenter(s) will also be provided with an opportunity to collaborate with Studio HCM to utilize their photo, video, and audio recording rental space and equipment to assist in production and promotion of their proposed project.

Interested artists should submit their proposals to by midnight on Monday, April 15th. Proposals should include:
– Proposed project description (700 words or less).
– Description of how their proposal will positively impact the community (100 words or less)
– Evidence of past work (can send either website link, or work examples under 4 MB)

Artists will informed by Wednesday, April 17th if they have been chosen to present at the April 27th FEAST. Submissions will be chosen on the creativity of their proposals, and impact on the community-at-large. The more details artists can provide about their idea, the better. Please send any inquiries to