Get out and about with TADO. A series of cheeky Augmented Reality (AR) characters will be dotted around locations in Sheffield City Centre during Playground. Keen explorers will be able to track them down using their smartphone and a map.

You don’t need to book in advance – anyone can take part in the Character Hunt at any time from 1-11 July 2021!

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The characters are at these places:

  1. Fred Aldous    
  2. Site Gallery    
  3. Showroom Cinema    
  4. Motoré Coffee Cart    
  5. Millennium Gallery    
  1. The Great Gatsby    
  2. Steam Yard Café    
  3. Sheffield Cathedral    
  4. GLOAM Gallery  
  5. Weston Park Museum    

This is a new AR commission for Playground 2021.


TADO are a pint-sized illustration power-house made up of the inseparable Mike and Katie and their 3 year old daughter Erin.

Based in Sheffield, UK, they create darkly adorable characters and artworks that have delighted and terrorised people for nearly two decades.

The pair began working together in 2002 and quickly became an established name through their cute, quirky and unique style, combined with a good dollop of Yorkshire humour. Their work and characters have spanned projects including fashion and sneaker designs, animations, games, mascots, & large-scale public statues, as well as several international solo exhibitions.

They particularly enjoy working with the innovative Artfelt initiative at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, producing artwork and installations for their ground-breaking care facilities.

Everything Mike and Katie do is produced in total collaboration – whether it be taking turns in drawing, painting, drilling, glueing, scribbling or clicking.

When the pair aren’t scribbling away, they enjoy riding bikes, collecting all manner of oddities, and eating ice cream.

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Kisha Bradley & Wybourn Community Primary & Nursery School, Sheffield

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Smile While

Matthew Keff

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.

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Lovely Weather We're Having

Julian Glander

An atmospheric 3D explorer thingy about going outside with a dog. Responds to local weather data, simulates actually being outside.

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ARPS

Will Hurt

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.

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Maker Table

1-11 July 2021

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

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Untitled Goose Game

House House

Untitled Goose Game is a slapstick-stealth-sandbox, where you are a goose let loose on an unsuspecting village.

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With kind support from...

CMC Playground Exhibition Partner

CMC Playground Funder

CMC Playground Partners