The Space has transformed the way audiences connect with UK arts and culture. Launched in May 2012, this ground-breaking project has opened up film, dance, theatre and more, to bigger audiences. Anyone can now tune into The Space to watch performances live, or on demand, whenever they want, free of charge, thanks to National Lottery funding.
The Space is the result of collaboration between the Arts Council and the BBC. The digital service can be accessed online via desktop computers, tablets, smart phones and internet-connected TVs. The benefits for both artists or arts organisations and their audiences are plain to see. Making content available for free online opens it up to a much wider audience, as does The Space’s on-demand service.
The Space is also able to shine a light on different regions in the UK which can be over-looked in favour of the many big events in London. 51 artists and arts organisations were commissioned to create brand new pieces especially for The Space, published in the summer of 2012. ‘10by10’ from the Sheffield based Eclipse Theatre Company was one such piece. Artistic Director, Dawn Walton, said: “Around 55 people were involved making 10by10, and they’ve all benefited – for many, it was their first time making a film; it built their confidence.
The actors have something to put on their show reel and a lot of the writers have been approached with offers of work from the BBC and Channel 4. Before The Space, I hired less than one writer a year on average – now it’s 11. That’s the difference it has made. Making ‘10by10’ was a great experience which wouldn’t have been possible without The Space.”
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