Free interactive digital art exhibition for children in Sheffield

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Sheffield’s Site Gallery hosts Playground, a brand new exhibition for children this summer.

From July 5-10 the city-centre venue will be showing a free art exhibition of art works where children can play and interact. There’ll be 12 exhibits plus a Maker Room where kids can get their hands dirty.

With ‘Blinkies’, a child’s drawing can be placed over a phone or tablet, which will turn the drawing into an animation and make it come to life. ‘The Cardboard Arcade’ is a portable pop-up video game arcade. ‘Fairy Doors’ is a hide and seek game.

The ‘Avakai Twins’ are wooden toys which are connected to each other using Bluetooth technology. Anything one doll experiences, is sent to another doll – the laughter when its swinging, anger when its shaken, or a kiss when the two dolls meet.

Also included are Google Cardboards headsets which use smart phones to view mini-Virtual Reality games.

In the Maker Room, children can create sculptures and scenes using ‘Electro Dough’, and then bring them to life with light and sound. It’s a simple and fun way for children to get their hands on with electronic components and for them to learn how electricity flows through a circuit. Visitors can also play with ‘Conductive Paint’, which does much of the same thing.

Organisers say the exhibition has been curated for 5-12 year olds but everyone is welcome to drop-in during opening hours and it’s free.

Emma Cooper, Curatorial Associate of Playground & Business Development Manager at the BAFTA winning and Sheffield-based creative digital agency Rocket said: “I’m really excited for Playground, being able to bring the best interactive art for children and young people to Sheffield and spark a love for digital creativity is such an awesome opportunity. I want to show kids how good the world can be and what they can use to make it better.”

For more information on the artists and opening times Click here

For more information on The Children’s Media Conference Click here