Tuesday 16 October 2012

The Space goes on - for now

The Space, the new digital arts website developed by the Arts Council and the BBC, is to continue in its present form until March 2013. In its first six months of existence the service provided free, live and on demand content to 900,000 visitors and enabled people to experience events from London 2012 which they would not have been able to do live. The service was intended by the Arts Council to help build digital skills within the arts. The Arts Council supported The Space with £3.5 million in new commissions. Whilst everyone praises the website as a shining example, such things don't come cheap and the Arts Council invested over £8 million. A comprehensive evaluation has been commissioned with results due in the new year; sounds ominous.

Currently on the site there is content from the World Shakespeare Festival, the Old Grey Whistle Test (!), Olafur Eliasson's Little Sun, Benjamin Till's London Requiem, and Les Troyens from Covent Garden. Visit The Space whilst you can.

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