As part of The Mending Project, visitors will bring to the ICA textile items that need mending. The mender will repair the item while engaging in conversation with the stranger who brought it. The aim is not to restore the item to its original condition, but to share as a “gift” memories during the course of this conversation. Volunteer menders will be provided with a complimentary meal from Ellwood Thompson’s at ICA each day worked.

  • You will act as host, engaging in conversation with visitors while mending the items they bring.
  • No special skills or qualifications in sewing are required.
  • As long as you enjoy talking with people, you are welcome to apply. We greatly welcome applications from those who speak languages other than English.

Please choose from among the following times:
Wednesday: 10 am–1 pm, 2–5 pm, 6–9 pm
Thursday-Sunday: 10 am–1 pm, 2–5 pm

Preference will be given to applicants who can work regularly or multiple times.

Email us at by March 21, 2018. Please include your full name, contact information, availability and preferred language.

The Mending Project is part of the ICA’s inaugural exhibition Declaration, on view Apr 21–Sep 9, 2018.

Photo: The Mending Project, 2009/2015, Mixed media interactive installation. Installation view at Lee Mingwei and His Relations, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan. Photo courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

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