Ideatorium – Public Programmes

We are calling for Expressions of Interest from New Zealand professional creatives, Makers and arts practioners for installations and experiences 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.

See some past examples of installations below:

BoxOpolis 2016

Christmas Tidings 2017

Funnington 2018

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 summer  installation opening January 2021. Development, design, build and install –  Install early January 2021.

We review applications four times a year – 1 February, 1 May, 30 August and 1 November. Applicants will receive a response from Capital E after these dates.

The current Expression of interest round closes on 30 August 2020. Applications reviewed first week of September by 11 September.


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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