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The Idea Collective

The Idea Collective is MOTAT's newest contemporary innovation space and is a dynamic, evolving and collaborative project. It brings together a diverse set of innovators, artists, designers, and technologists to create exciting displays and experiences that celebrate New Zealand's vibrant innovation culture. The Idea Collective experience is made up of two components, Visitor Engagement and Exhibition.



Visitors can engage with The Idea Collective in many ways.

  • Come and see our 3D printer at work everyday
  • A showreel of short films from Media Design School Students in the cinema space 

The Idea Collective also hosts various talks, workshops and events.

Email ideacollective@motat.org.nz if you are interested in using the Work Lab.



The Idea Collective, MOTAT’s evolving artistic installation highlighting Kiwi ingenuity, is a place where stories of New Zealand innovation are brought to life through artistic collaboration and visitors are inspired to innovate. 

Five innovation pavilions showcases art installations created by local artists in response to emerging innovators, Eat My Lunch (Chris Berthelsen), Hivemind (Daniel Blanshard), Think & Shift (Daniel Kamp) and most recently installed in July 2016, Wine Grenade (Kasia Pol) and oDocs Eye Care (Armagan Ballantyne & Jon Baxter).

The Idea Collective walls are lined with innovation themed murals from Cinzah MerkensMilarky/DsideAaron Glasson & Celeste Byers and LaurenYS and there are also interactive sound and light pieces from Puck Murphy.

The Idea Collective also features a Work Lab space for resident innovators, a cinema space for showcasing digital work and The Bubble – which currently houses a selection of independent NZ games curated by The Pop-Up Arcade.