This summer, the Children’s Media Conference invited a selection of the world’s most innovative artists, developers and companies specialising in creative and interactive play to exhibit their projects at Site Gallery, Sheffield.

Playground is a two week-long exhibition of everything that’s new in play-along digital for children and families, established in 2016.

This year’s theme was Game/Changers. Children and families came from far and wide to make some noise while exploring new pieces of art, apps and games.

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SPACE

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2019 Exhibits Download Guide

Abstract Playground: AP1

Will Hurt

Interact with an abstract audio-visual scene, featuring geometry inspired by modernist architecture.

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Beasts of Balance

Sensible Object

A game of strategy and balance in which you build a tower of animals on your table-top, and then help them evolve in a connected digital world.

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Game’n’Watch

Arthur Masson with La Sophiste and 3 Hits Combo

Instead of using buttons on a controller, the player controls old portable video games by moving in the game area drawn on the floor.

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Panoramical and the Panoramical Guitar

Presented by The National Videogame Museum with a custom PlayStation 2 guitar controller made by Lex Roberts

Discover incredible digital landscapes that change to your command in an immersive musical adventure through space and time.

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Pongs

Pippin Barr

36 different versions of the classic arcade game Pong, each one imagining the original game in a slightly different way

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QWOP

Bennett Foddy

QWOP is a simple game about running extremely fast down a 100 metre track

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Snake Pit

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A take on the classic game steered using your feet, Only the fastest players will get their snake well-fed and growing!

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SPACE: A Galaxy Trail

Society of Explorers and Peter Martin

A video play-along board game. Can you work together to save your spaceship from being pulled into the orbit of a mysterious planet?

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Time Telephone Box

Playing the Archive: Memory, Community and Mixed Reality Play

Dial the Time Telephone Box to reach a portal to games and rhymes of the past.

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A Sense of Play

Saturday 29 June 11am-4pm

Join the adventure and help to create an experimental one-day playground on The Square opposite Site Gallery.

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Maker Table

Tuesday 25 - Sunday 30 June, Friday 5 and Sunday 7 July

The Playground Maker Table is open for you to take part in hands-on digital and creative making.

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MakEY Days

The University of Sheffield, School of Education

Tuesday 2 July 11am-6pm
Wednesday 3 July 11am-6pm
Thursday 4 July 11am-8pm
Saturday 6 July 11am-6pm

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The Quiet Hour

11:00 - 12:00, 29 June & 6 July

If you have sensory requirements, or find sound overwhelming, please join us for The Quiet Hour.

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Never-Land-Sheffield

Open 21 June–14 July
Fridays 2-7pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11am-4pm
Yorkshire Artspace

Never-Land-Sheffield is a fictional nowhere, imagined for this project. Its ambition is to ask young people what Europe will be like in 200 years.

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Discover our recommendations for other local activities and online resources.

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We would love to hear from you. If you attended the show – please send your feedback to

playground@thechildrensmediaconference.com

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