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Projects from the North of England shine on new digital platform The Space

  • Date: 25 September 2012
  • Area: North
Lanterns on the Lake performing in front of TSS Manxman at Pallion Shipyard, Sunderland, with video mapping projection by Novak Collective as part of North East project Space Invasion

Lanterns on the Lake performing in front of TSS Manxman at Pallion Shipyard, Sunderland, with video mapping projection by Novak Collective as part of North East project Space Invasion. Credit: Simon Williams

Since The Space launched in May 2012, eleven projects from the North of England have been produced and are now available to view on the platform. The Space is a new digital arts service developed by the Arts Council in partnership with the BBC. It is a place where arts organisations and artists can innovate and reach audiences digitally – you can access The Space on computer, tablet, smartphone and connected TV.

Read on for a summary of projects made so far for The Space from the North of England…

North East projects

Northern Stage at St Stephens
By Northern Stage

Newcastle-based producing theatre Northern Stage worked with young filmmakers, Northern Stars, to produce short films documenting the challenges and triumphs of running a venue for the first time at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in a converted church. The project also included a day of live streaming – all of which can still be viewed on The Space.

Songs from the Shipyards
By Tyneside Cinema

In 2011 filmmaker Richard Fenwick and folk act The Unthanks collaborated on a performance at Tyneside Cinema, fusing archive footage of North East shipyards with a collection of songs inspired by music of the time. Songs from the Shipyards on The Space expands on this initial collaboration, allowing digital audiences to hear the music and view a wealth of archive footage. There will also be further live performances by The Unthanks and Richard Fenwick at Tyneside Cinema this October.

Space Invasion
By NFM (Northern Film & Media) & Generator North East

NFM and music development agency Generator have curated a unique series of music-themed creative collaborations available to watch on The Space. The commissions include one-off performances by musicians (including ghostpoet and Paul Smith of Maximo Park), a poet (Lavinia Greenlaw) and digital artists (Novak Collective). The project culminated with a live event showcasing all of this work, which will soon be available to watch here.

By mima Middlesbrough Institute for Modern Art

The #wearmima series is a collection of short videos presented by members of the public, both modelling and reviewing jewellery from mima’s contemporary art collection, presented alongside contributor biogs, photos, and audio. With pieces from some of the world’s most notable artists and designers, this is the first time a collection of this kind has been made so accessible to the public in this way. Check back on The Space as more are added.

North West projects

Band on the Wall: We Face Forward – Art from West Africa Today
Inner City Music

We Face Forward was a season of contemporary art and music from West Africa which took place in Manchester as part of the London 2012 Festival. Inner City Music showcased a series of eight African music concerts that were presented as part of We Face Forward from June to September. See all of the films here.

CountryBoy’s Struggle
Contact Theatre

A series of storytelling music videos which mix hip-hop and comedy to tell the story of Michael Crompton, a man on a journey to become an MC – from the cliffs of Cornwall to the streets of London, what it means to be ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ is explored. Written by and starring Maxwell Golden – playing over 40 characters – the series can be viewed now on The Space.

Still to come on The Space from the North West is Eight Songs for a Mad King, by Psappha Contemporary Music Ensemble, in which Peter Maxwell Davies’ work is taken from the concert hall to a virtual environment with a gaming element.

Yorkshire projects

Eclipse Theatre’s 10by10
Eclipse Theatre

10 Black writers, 10 UK cities, 10 short films that will explode the myth of a homogenised Black British culture. 10by10 gives the viewer a unique journey across the UK from a Black British perspective. Eclipse Theatre is the only black-led national touring company delivering an annual middle-scale tour to regional theatres. Watch all the short films now at The Space.

From the Sea to the Land Beyond
Sheffield Doc/Fest

Made from over 100 years of BFI archive footage, award-winning director Penny Woolcock’s film, shown as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest, is a portrait of our unique coastline and the role it plays in our lives – during wartime, on our holidays and as a hive of activity during the industrial age. Band British Sea Power captain this cinematic voyage with their first ever live performance of an original composition. The Space streamed it live, but if you missed the performance you can now watch a recording.

Overworlds & Underworlds
Leeds Canvas

As part of Arts Council’s Artists taking the lead programme, Leeds Canvas commissioned world renowned artists The Quay Brothers to produce Overworlds & Underworlds – three days of transformative street performances in Leeds city centre, including dance, film, sculpture and music. The performances were broadcast live on The Space and are still available to watch.

Time & Place: Bradford’s South Asian Communities

A collection of photographs from Bradford’s Belle Vue Studio forms the basis of Fabric’s Time & Place project. For decades, migrants from South Asia went there to have their pictures taken which were sent back home. This series follows the stories of some of these migrants, and looks at how the community has made its culture part of Bradford society today. See the collections here.

York Mystery Plays 2012
Pilot Theatre

On Saturday 11 August 2012, Pilot Theatre presented an interactive multi-camera live stream of The York Mystery Plays. Six separate camera angles were available to view the plays, along with different audio options. The interactive audience experience is still available to watch on The Space. 

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