Playground 2021 was an exhibition for children taking place at Site Gallery from 1-11 July.
We invited some of the world’s most innovative artists, developers and companies specialising in creative and interactive play to show their cutting-edge projects with the theme of What If?
Playground 2021 was aimed at 5-12 year olds, however everyone was welcome to visit during the gallery’s opening hours to play games and take part in hands-on digital and craft making.
We also created an Augmented Reality Character Hunt around the city centre.
Augmented Reality PlaySpace (ARPS) is an interactive and physical installation in which people can move physical objects and watch their virtual counterparts do incredible things on screen.
Maria is a globe-trotting antique restorer, and when she arrives in the sun-soaked town of Bellariva, she has no idea just how broken it will turn out to be.
For Playground Makerspace, Guillaumit has created augmented reality activated masks for children to create, explore, and share with their friends.
Sas and Yosh
This large two-sided illustration explores the imagination of children and the unending possibilities of collaborative creative design.
Kinetic Landscape Collective – Royal College of Art
Part sculpture, and part data collection system, Kinetic Landscape is a creative concept for collecting opinions and feedback from guests at Playground.
An atmospheric 3D explorer thingy about going outside with a dog. Responds to local weather data, simulates actually being outside.
Kisha Bradley & Wybourn Community Primary & Nursery School, Sheffield
You can play with augmented reality games created by school children from Wybourn School.
Nour: Play With Your Food is an experimental food art game designed to make you hungry.
Smile While is an interactive work about silliness and feelings. The screen will recognize a viewer’s face and react when it sees people smiling.
Get out and about with TADO. A series of cheeky Augmented Reality (AR) characters are dotted around locations in Sheffield City Centre. Track them down using your smartphone and a map.
An interactive space within Playground for people of all ages to get busy and have fun creating character designs of their own.
In The NeverEnding Cinema you can create movies in which a great variety of wildlife star in a great variety of film genres, from comedy to thriller, from drama to action film.
Untitled Goose Game is a slapstick-stealth-sandbox, where you are a goose let loose on an unsuspecting village.
1-11 July 2021
The Playground Maker Table is open for you to take part in hands-on digital and creative making.
11:00 – 12:00, 3 & 10 July 2021
If you have sensory requirements, or find sound overwhelming, please join us for The Quiet Hour.
Discover our recommendations for other local activities and online resources.
We would love to hear from you. Please send your feedback to: