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This week on The Space: Arts Council Film Collection and more

  • Date: 19 September 2012
  • Area: National

The Space is a free digital arts service developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC that aims to transform the way people connect with and experience arts and culture, by showcasing innovative content from artists, arts and cultural organisations.

Read more to find out what's coming up on The Space this week.

Watch the first film ever made of artist Francis Bacon

Every week, The Space will showcase archive films on the great masters of modern art.

The films are from the Arts Council Film Collection, a fascinating national collection of historical arts films funded by the Arts Council between 1953 and 1998. Each week, you can watch a pairing of films from the collection, featuring contrasting artists and contrasting approaches to film-making.

This week, watch the first film ever made of painter Francis Bacon (1909-1992), produced in 1963. With no words or sense of chronology, the 11 minute film is a fine example of experimental early 1960s film-making.

You can also watch film portrait of idiosyncratic master, Edward Burra (1905-1976), best known for his depictions of the urban underworld and 1930s Harlem. The 1972 film captures the painter at his home in Rye, Sussex.

Also on The Space this week

Watch highlights from Branches: The Nature of Crisis, a site-specific dance performance created in Wepre Forest, Flintshire by choreographer Constanza Macras for National Theatre Wales.

Download and listen to the final episode in Lauren Laverne's podcast series, Lauren's Spacepod 2012. Lauren explores the hugely successful Genius of Hitchcock season, the biggest restoration project in the history of the BFI Southbank.

On Tuesday 18 September find out who revered disc jockey John Peel listened to in the 'U' section of his legendary record collection.

From Wednesday 19 September, experience Venus, the Bringer of Sound, the second movement of Holst's The Planets, recorded on 37 cameras and performed by the world famous Philharmonia Orchestra.

On Thursday 20 September, explore the making of the new score for Hitchcock's restored silent film, Champagne, by electronic composer Mira Calix, in a documentary available in the run up to the live stream of the film premiere on Thursday 27 September.

On Thursday you can also listen to the penultimate movement in composer Benjamin Till's London Requiem, inspired by London's gravestones and commissioned by Rich Mix.

Recent highlights still available on The Space

  • Watch a warm-up for Mummy Ji presents, the search for the most talented British Asian artists from the team behind Britain's Got Bhangra
  • Watch Barrowlands by Michael Clark, a new dance celebrating the Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom
  • Watch 10by10, a series of ten plays commissioned by Eclipse Theatre exploring contemporary black British experience
  • Watch Tongue Fu Flicks,spontaneous performances of poetry, accompanied by improvised music and filmed animations
  • Listen to The Sound of the Space and Bush House, created by the reincarnated New Radiophonic Workshop

Further information

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