The NZPQ organisational team warmly invite submissions for participation in the Aotearoa , New Zealand Exhibition NZPQ19/ Te āhua tū wātea at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2019.

 PQ19: PRAGUE JUNE 6-16 2019

 The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ) was established in 1967 to bring the best of design for performance, scenography, and theatre architecture to the front line of cultural activities to be experienced by professional and emerging artists as well as the general public. The quadrennial exhibitions, festivals, and educational programs act as a global catalyst of creative progress by encouraging experimentation, networking, innovation, and future collaborations. PQ aims to honor, empower and celebrate the work of designers, artists and architects while inspiring and educating audiences, who are the most essential element of any live performance.

The Prague Quadrennial strives to present performance design as an art form concerned with the creation of active performance environments, that are far beyond merely decorative or beautiful, but emotionally charged, where design can become a quest, a question, an argument, a threat, a resolution, an agent of change, or a provocation. Performance design is a collaborative field where designers mix, fuse and blur the lines between multiple artistic disciplines to search for new approaches and new visions.

Call for the submission of projects (completed or proposed) from both individual and collective performance practitioners with the aim to represent the diversity of performative practices occurring within Aotearoa, New Zealand. We seek projects that address and embrace themes of transformation, memory, location, whenua, individual and collective identity, cultural thresholds, community engagement and diversity. These may take the form of set designs, theatre productions, objects, artefacts, live performance, performative installations and new-media work.


NZPQ19/ Te āhua tū wātea will operate as a transformative space, facilitating the performative nature of selected projects. A space of possibilities and potential, a space where performance may form, inhabit, emerge and begin. Influenced by Maori and Pacific waka the exhibition will perform out into space as a vehicle and platform for interaction, negotiation and display creating a dynamic environment within a shared interior space, populated by 62 other countries. Over the duration of the quadrennial, the installation will behave as a performative vessel, a vehicle of and for transformation, moving and shifting in form and nature between audio-visual media container, live performance platform, space of dialogue and inhabitable interior.

NZPQ19/ Te āhua tū wātea , will travel lightly and sustainably to Prague, the exhibition architecture will be prototyped and tested in Aotearoa and then fabricated in association with the international Fab Lab network in the Czech Republic from sustainable materials.


Electronic submissions, include 150 word bio, 250 word abstract and images (pdf format) and links to multimedia documentation if appropriate.

NZPQ_2019_National submissions

NZPQ_2019_Emerging Designer student submissions

Projects will be selected by a national panel of experts including theatre and performance professionals, artists and designers.




3 September          Open  Call released.

9 November           Open  Call closes.

19 November         Participant selections announced.

November-Jan        Regional weekend workshops,  Auckland/Wellington/Christchurch.

1-8 February           Testing and development laboratory, Wellington.

9-16 February         Chorographic and technology development, Wellington.

April                          Preparation of final materials.

April 12-25                Individual artist workshops final preparation with final full scale       ………………………………design of exhibition architecture and technology, Wellington.

April 26-27                Public Preview, Wellington.

May                             Fabrication of exhibition  in Czech Republic/ Netherlands.

June 3 -5                     Exhibition Installation pack in.

June 6-16                    Exhibition open.




Commisioner and Curator Lead : Stuart Foster

National Curator: Sven Mehzoud

Emerging Designers/Student Curator: Meg Rollandi

Project manager: Linda Baxter


Production manager NZ : Keely McCann

Production manager CZ : Natalie Krausová

Tangata whenua partners:   Te Matahiapo

Fabrication:  International Fab Lab Network (FabLab Wtgn NZ, FabLab Amsterdam NL)

Design Team:  Hannah Cundy, Emma Davidson, Stuart Foster, Sophie Harkness, Oscar Keys & Shyam Patel