The Urban Dwellers / Playground AR Character Hunt

03 Jun 2024 - 30 Jun 2024

The Children’s Media Conference is bringing back ‘Playground’ in the form of an interactive character hunt for children and families. Running from 3rd to 30th June, The Urban Dwellers / Playground AR Character Hunt is taking place across 15 locations across Sheffield.

Established in 2016, the award-winning ‘Playground’ is an exhibition where children can imagine, investigate, create art, and have fun. This year’s offering, Urban Dwellers, is a fantastical interactive digital art experience for families. The trail features 15 augmented reality artworks and animated installations from legendary steel-city artists TADO and Lisa O’Hara.



Additional Information

The collaborators have scattered exclusive artworks across 15 city-centre. What magical characters and creations will families discover lurking through their smartphones?  Get ready to imagine, investigate and have fun!


The character hunt is suitable for 5-12-year-olds but everyone is welcome free of charge.


The characters will be hiding at these venues:

  • Site Gallery 1 Brown St, S1 2BS
  • Showroom Cinema Paternoster Row, S1 2BX
  • Motoré Café Sheffield Train Station, S1 2BP
  • Millennium Gallery 48 Arundel Gate, S1 2PP
  • Fred Aldous Fitzalan Square, S1 2AY
  • Sheffield Cathedral Church St, S1 1HA
  • Orchard Square S1 2FB
  • Steam Yard Division St, S1 4GE
  • Weston Park Museum Western Bank, S10 2TP
  • Moor Market Foodhall The Moor, S1 2PF
  • Sheffield Winter Garden 90 Surrey St, S1 2LH
  • Mow’s Coffee 151 Arundel St, S1 2NU
  • The Crucible 55 Norfolk St, S1 1DA
  • Sheffield Hallam University Owen Building Hallam Square, S1 2LX
  • Sheffield Children’s Library Surrey St, S1 2LH

How it Works

Keep your eyes peeled for the special Playground plaques at the different locations around Sheffield City Centre 3-30 June 2024.

All you need is a smartphone or a tablet and the Artivive App – open the app, point your device at the plaque and watch the characters come to life!

TIP: You may need to stand back approximately 1-2m in order to view the full animation.

And don’t forget to tag @cmcplayground @wearetado and @lisaohaha on Instagram with your pics!

Download the app

Artivive is available for free from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Search for “Artivive” or use the links.