Expressions of Interest – A Call-Out to Digital and Interactive New Zealand Artists

26 September 2017

Auckland Live is a leader in live arts and entertainment and an active contributor to the vibrancy and creativity of Auckland. We present live arts events at a number of prominent venues across Auckland (Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall, The Civic, Bruce Mason Centre and more); provide support to the arts and creative sector; and provide opportunities for people of all ages to engage with the arts.

Since 2011, Auckland Live has collaborated with the AUT creative technology centre Colab to present the only ongoing programme of interactive exhibitions in New Zealand. Our main feature is an interactive screen located at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, Auckland. Here, we showcase a wide range of works made by emerging talents, international artists and established local talents.

Auckland Live is calling for expressions of interest from New Zealand creative practitioners interested in creating an interactive experience, including a screen-based component inspired by the  Auckland Arts Festival programme running at the Bruce Mason Centre in March 2018, including Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium and Junk by Flying Fruit Fly Circus. The selected work will be launched in March 2018 during the Auckland Arts Festival and will be on display until May 2018.      



Auckland Live aims to create a unique creative hub for young audiences at the Bruce Mason Centre. For this exhibition, our interactive screen will show artistic content inspired by young audiences that will be programmed at the Bruce Mason Centre during the Auckland Arts Festival. These shows include traditional and popular children's favourites – specifically circus, creatures, puppetry, everyday objects used as toys, jumping, tumbling, shadow play, hula hoops, see-saws, trampolines… Today, traditional games and new ones make a great combination to inspire New Zealand’s little ones to grow up as creative and mindful adults. So, what does a 2018 digital interactive experience, blending popular New Zealand games with a modern twist and facilitated by digital technologies, look like?



We are interested in working with creatives who:

  • Create work that supports engagement with a public audience through technological and interactive experiences.
  • Create work that is relevant to a performing arts centre providing mainly live, creative and collective experiences.
  • Have a proposal that includes a screen-based component that follows the technical requirements of the interactive screen located at the Bruce Mason Centre. We are open to considering work that is supported by text input, audio, real-time gesture etc. or that presents an extension to the interactive experience through the web, mobile device, and physical interface. However, please take into consideration that the interactive screen is located in a theatre foyer, welcoming a large number of people before and after shows. The work cannot interfere with a clear access pathway for the audience members, and the most successful works will be those that can interact with more than one person at a time.
  • Have an understanding of our programme and mission. We encourage the applicant to visit our space, website, Vimeo channel and/or be in touch with Nolwenn Lacire, Auckland Live’s Programme Developer, before submitting an application.
  • Provide a clear and concise proposal presenting innovative and engaging work.
  • Can deliver the proposed work by March 2018.
  • Have the capabilities to
    • produce the art work
    • install the art work
    • maintain the art work

What we offer:

  • A NZ$5,000 guaranteed fee covering all costs related to the creation of the work, including technical development and production costs.
  • Professional venue and technical support in relation to the testing and the installation of the work.
  • Marketing and publicity of the event and profile for the artist.
  • Potential for further artist / exhibition development and pathways to other potential showcase opportunities.
  • Guaranteed audience and exposure.
  • Video and photo documentation.

Please note that the rights to the finished work will remain with the artists, and the work will be available to be exhibited or screened publicly after the conclusion of the Auckland Live screening period.

What we need:

  • the concept outlined in a maximum 1,500 words
  • a technical brief
  • a team bio (creative and technical)
  • a budget including artist fee and production costs
  • a development time frame for delivery of the work by March 2018
  • support material to provide a better understanding of the project, with up to five images and five URL links

Please ensure that:

When we need it:

  • Mon 6 November 2017: Application received and reviewed by a panel composed of the DAL Programme Developer, Auckland Live Programme Development Manager and Auckland Arts Festival Producer.
  • Wed 15 November 2017: Successful applicant announced
  • January 2018: Testing phase
  • February 2018: Finalised project ready to be displayed and stress-tested
  • March 2018: Installation


For further information or to discuss your application, please contact Nolwenn Lacire, DAL Programme Developer at