Artists explore bright ideas at ArtPlay

Bring your next artistic project to life with children through ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab. Expressions of interest open on Monday 17 February, and kids will help us select the successful applicants.

Daniele Poidomani from Memetica, a creator of giant puppets and installations, realised his first project fully-designed for children through last year’s New
Ideas Lab.

Air Camp invites kids to design and create illuminated, inflatable sculptures from recycled tents and hide inside them while audiences ask questions about their designs, and the philosophies behind them.

The experience lets children’s imaginations run free as they experiment with engineering and art, and touches on themes of sustainability and waste.

‘Children were quite excited about the anonymity the tents provided, and some took on a performing persona,’ Daniele said.

‘Some changed their voices and others started creating characters related to the themes they were discussing, introducing themselves to the audience by other names.’

Daniele said he enjoyed the whole process of the New Ideas Lab, especially enabling children to freely express their ideas about the world, amid a playful environment. He strongly encourages other artists to apply.

‘The dedication and focus the whole of ArtPlay’s team put on the children’s experience is inspiring and quite rare to find,’ Daniele said.

‘I’m sure this is one of the best available opportunities, and the best resourced environment, to discover how to work with and for children.

‘Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t sure how to implement your idea. The New Ideas Lab is about exploring ideas and ArtPlay will help you find the best possible way to produce your project.’

Watch Air Camp in action on ArtPlay’s YouTube channel.

Applications to the ArtPlay New Ideas Lab open on 17 February, and information sessions will be held on 4 and 14 March. For more information, visit New Ideas Lab.