Photo: Neil Zeller
Photo: Nic Sharkey

Beakerhead runs on the power of human ingenuity. The core role of the Beakerhead secretariat is to build the platform on which creative brilliance can shine.

There are basically two ways to get involved – either as a program presenter in an existing Beakerhead program element, or as an experimenter in a “laboratory” setting.


Program presenters are individuals or organizations keen to present within an existing Beakerhead program element. The conversation here starts with understanding what your installation or experience looks like, where it has been shown before, how it might fit at Beakerhead and what resources might be required to make it vibrate with awesomeness! Let’s start a conversation if you think you have something that would fit.


Community partners are individuals or organizations who create their own events or program elements. Delightful projects that have come to life include a can-crushing cow, a theatrical experience in a hair-training salon, and robot uprisings! You don’t need permission to delight people! We’ll just be your biggest fans!


Large scale installations often require a technical rider. Here are some resources to help you technically.

Technical Rider 2019 – FREQUENCY RIDER


  • Provide a platform for your exquisite expereince, including location and all surrounding supports
  • Include you in Beakerhead program materials and promotions such as online event listings and the printed program guide
  • Coordinate logistical support for core programming events
  • Manage ticket sales, attendance, security, and all the other good stuff that makes a visit to Beakerhead safe and sooo worth while
  • Print and provide event signage


Permits Beakerhead is all about fiery artwork. If you are keen to build one, we are happy to connect you with community members who have undertaken similar challenges, and guide you through the steps you will need to undertake for a fire inspection. Be sure to budget inspections into your total project costs.

Safety and Insurance Most experiences will be covered by Beakerhead’s general liability insurance. However, some thing will require their own insurance. Beakerhead team members are happy to guide you through this process.

Respect Beakerhead encourages all ideas that smash up art, science, and engineering. While creating your program elements we ask that you take a moment to assess assumptions you might be making. Are you respecting all people of all ages, abilities and cultures? Beakerhead values diversity. In a nutshell, this is what Beakerhead is all about.


Beakerhead is honoured to be a platform for projects led by members of the community from different organizations and cultures.

In consultation with members of Indigenous community, Beakerhead tells a science story that is about human beings, not colonial history. It is with a great deal of joy and respect that we stand behind the projects that make up Beakerhead. They have been developed by Indigenous and non-Indigenous teams coming together, finding a new space between art and engineering, where everyone, of all cultures, genders and ages, feels welcome.

If you have an amazing idea for 2019, you can submit your idea here, and someone from the Beakerhead team will be in touch with you by February 2019.