Ideatorium – Public Programmes

We are calling for Expressions of Interest from New Zealand performing arts practitioners for theatre works that will engage and inspire children and young people.


Twice a year, we design and create themed, interactive play installations for pre-schoolers in our free public play space, PlayHQ.

Warm and welcoming, PlayHQ is the perfect spot for parents and caregivers to connect with their tamariki on creative exploration in our installations which intersect art, technology, performance, and play.

School Holiday Workshops and Activities  

During the school holidays, we build on our play-based exploration and create workshops where children can express their creativity, take part in something new, and have fun playing. Where possible, these workshops reflect either the current PlayHQ installation theme (April and July holidays) or Maker Faire Wellington (October holidays). 

Rainbow Shipping Container Activations and Activities 

Our cheerfully named ‘Rainbow Activation Container’ can be found at public events across the city including Wellington City Council’s Ahi Kā – Matariki ki Poneke, Porirua City Council’s Waitangi Day, and other local festivals and community outreach programmes.

Maker Faire Wellington  

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

The following criteria will be considered when your proposal for public programmes is assessed. Your Ideatorium proposal must: 

  • align with Capital E’s vision and values
  • be guided by Capital E’s key design principles for PlayHQ
  • innovative, original, and high quality
  • safe, manageable and suitable for the age group 
  • age-appropriate in content
  • actively engaging children and young people as co-creators, when possible
  • boosting creative expression for children
  • well-articulated
  • feasible

All play installations and activities in PlayHQ are guided by our vision and key design principles.  

Ideatorium is open!

We are currently accepting applications and proposals for:

  • PlayHQ winter installation – mid-May to mid-November 2020. Development, design, build and install – December 2019 to end of May 2020
  • PlayHQsummer installation – mid-Nov 2020 to mid-May 2021. Development, design, build and install – May to end of Nov 2020 
  • Workshops for our ongoing weekly programmes for 0-5 year olds in PlayHQ 
  • Sustainability focussed activities and workshops – 10-27 April 2020 
  • Maker Faire Wellington maker activities and workshops – 26 September to 10 October 2020 

We review applications four times a year – 1 February, 1 May, 1 August and 1 November. Applicants will receive a response from Capital E after these dates.


What’s an Ideatorium?

Do you accept submissions for work for adults?

Is this a grant?

Can I submit more than one Ideatorium application?

How complete does my project idea need to be?

What is the process after application?

What do I need to include in my budget?

I’ve performed/ exhibited this work or something similar somewhere else, is that okay?

What is an advisory panel? And who is on it?

I’ve missed the deadline. Can I just send you my idea anyway?

What if I’m still working out some of the information?

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