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The Space highlights: International Women’s Day arts films and more

  • Date: 8 March 2013
  • Area: National

The Space is an exciting innovative digital arts service which connects you directly to the arts - live, free and on-demand. We've highlighted some new and exclusive works to look forward to in March, as well as some favourites you can continue to enjoy.

March highlights


To coincide with International Women's Day on Friday 8 March, The Space will celebrate the diverse achievements of women by showcasing rare archive films from the Arts Council Film Collection. Exclusively curated by the Royal College of Art's Karen Alexander, on behalf of the British Film Institute.

Rambert Dance Company

A series of full performances from this innovative dance company including Labyrinth of Love, which includes references to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor; and a revival of L'Apres-Midi D'un Faune considered to be one of the first modern ballets and inspired by Debussy's shimmering score.


This month The Space is treating visitors to four classic episodes from the BBC's award-winning arts documentary series, Arena. These include The Chelsea Hotel, about the legendary New York hotel which opened its doors to the 20th century's most talented artists - and on which The Space's interactive virtual 'Arena Hotel' is based - as well as a film about the much-loved radio programme 'Desert Island Discs'.

The Slade and Central St Martin's video art collections

Take a look at video artworks by talented up-and-coming artists from two of the country's top art schools, The Slade and, later in March, Central St Martins. Works include The Life and Art of Propaganda by Pippa Connelly, a response to an artwork by Norman Wilkinson, and Team Roedale by Robert Crosse, which looks at a group of men meeting to go slot car racing.

Lady Lazarus

Watch Lady Lazarus (1991), an experimental short film by Sandra Lahire about the seminal poet Sylvia Plath. The film, which weaves recordings of Plath reading her own poetry in 1957-8, was showcased in February to mark the 50th anniversary of the poet's death.

The Arts Council film collection

You can still watch arts documentaries from the Arts Council's extensive film archive on The Space. Recently added films include Lichtenstein in London (1968), which explores the iconic pop artist's work through the lens of the swinging sixties, and One Foot in Eden (1978), a film portrait of contemporary composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Further information

The Space is a free, online arts resource developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC. It launched in May 2012 to revolutionise and widen our engagement with arts and culture as well as act as a platform for creative digital experimentation.

The pilot phase is due to end on 31 March. From 1 April, The Space will continue to make available, free and on demand, a collection of work commissioned during the pilot phase. The Space Collection will be a unique collection of work by artists and arts organisations around the UK, celebrating an exceptional year of art across the UK, and a curated exemplar for the next phase of The Space.

You can access The Space now at or by viewing it on connected TV or The Space channel (Freeview HD channel 232).