Playground is a week-long free exhibition of interactive art for children and families. This year the theme is Music/ Response, so it will be a noisy experience. If you or your child have sensory requirements, or find sound overwhelming, we've made space for a Quiet Hour where volume levels will be decreased and the lighting lowered.
Through music, we’re able to express every emotion, and with the show this year we’re asking a number of questions: In these divided times, is music and rhythm key to cohesion? How do we create empathy and understanding through sound? How do we use sound to connect to ourselves and each other?
The exhibition has been curated for 5-12 year olds, however everyone is welcome to drop-in during the gallery’s opening hours and it is FREE! If you or your child have sensory requirements, or find sound overwhelming, please join us for The Quiet Hour on the morning of Saturday 7th.
Secondary students from Crofton Academy School in Wakefield have been working with artist Alex McLean on experimental coding and music and will give a live lunchtime algorithmic drumming performance in the Millennium Gallery at 12.15pm on Friday 6 July 2018. At 12noon Alex will give an introduction to this and his other work for Playground this year.
This piece by Laura Kriefman of Hellion Trace encourages collaboration. Only by working together with other people are you able to hear the whole piece.
Yoto is a clever speaker designed by families, for families, using Montessori principles to empower children through play.
Dance + Doodle with YouTube Kids
Discover music and videos through selected content from the YouTube Kids App
Alex McLean and pupils from Wybourn Community Primary
Messages hidden in knotted string with rhythms created by groups of children using contemporary live coding techniques.
Explore and remix the music of Puffin Rock through creative play, and share your masterpieces too.
Google Creative Lab
Makes learning music more accessible to everyone through fun, hands-on experiments.
A collection of playful tools to inspire your kid’s creativity and creation.
10am - 11am Saturday 7th July
If you have sensory requirements, or find sound overwhelming, please join us for The Quiet Hour.
The School of Noise
Children in Sheffield have been working with School of Noise during the week of Playground.
We would love to hear from you once you have attended the show – please send your feedback to
The website from last year is archived here and you can find photos from the event here.
This is the archive of the 2018 Playground exhibition website.
For more information please see the current site or contact us.