Fourteen exhibits will be debuted at digiPlaySpace from July through to the end of the year.
Fourteen exhibits will be debuted at digiPlaySpace from July through to the end of the year.

Eureka! Debuts digiPlaySpace

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Next month, Eureka! The National Children’s Museum will kick off its 25th Anniversary celebrations by hosting digiPlaySpace, a touring digital exhibition from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

TIFF first introduced the project in 2012 and every year, they present a new family-friendly interactive exhibition which encourages children to engage with the latest media technologies to share and promote new artistic experiences.

Arriving on the 8th July, digiPlaySpace at Eureka! will premiere fourteen pieces from acclaimed international artists, featuring a variety of games, installations and activities to encourage children to touch, control and play with new technologies. The state-of-the-art exhibition will offer a little bit of everything, from making virtual race tracks using everyday objects, using digital stop motion animation to make music videos and even experiencing what it’s like to be an anteater through virtual simulation!

Leigh-Anne Stradeski, Eureka! Chief Executive said: “We’re incredibly excited to be bringing this innovative collection of interactive works to the UK for the very first time, and especially proud that Yorkshire will be home to this European premiere. Children today are more digitally savvy than ever before, and this exhibition will give thousands of children the opportunity to explore innovative interactive works from internationally recognised children’s media artists. It also kick-starts some truly ambitious plans here at Eureka! as we celebrate our 25th birthday!”

digiPlaySpace opens officially at Eureka’s BIG birthday bash on the 8th July 2017, and will run until the end of the year. The birthday weekend will include appearances from an 11ft Optimus Prime, music from Steelband Music Ltd and Phoenix FM and some truly awe-inspiring bubbles from Paris Bubbles. There will also be lots of party games and prizes from the Eureka! team. Admission will be included in the usual admission fee, or free to Annual Pass holders. For more information about this and more of the 25th Anniversary celebrations, please visit the Eureka website.

Digital technologies are becoming a key player in how museums and heritage sites help to engage with children and young people – not just in the United Kingdom, but across the world. Just recently, we reported on the Rijksmuseum’s launch of Snap Guide, a social media tool for teenagers, and more locally, the new Tate website dedicated to 5 – 13 year olds.

We are thrilled to have Eureka! The National Children’s Museum signed up to our Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto, a toolkit which helps put children, young people and their families at the heart of museums. Why not take a look and see who else is signed up?

Becky MacNaughton, News Editor

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