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The Space highlights: top 5 digital arts and culture collections

  • Date: 8 January 2013
  • Area: National

In these cold winter months nothing can beat a good book or film, a cup of your favourite hot drink and a warm blanket. For all you arts and culture aficionados, there is The Space.

In 2013's first fortnightly update on the free online arts resource, we help plan your post-Christmas nights in and ward off those January blues by highlighting five exclusive collections of arts and culture.

Top five collections to explore on The Space

The Animation Collection
Highlights include archive films which use animated narratives to explore the work of modern masters, Katsushika Hokusai and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. You can also discover the surreal world of multi-media performance company Forkbeard Fantasy.

The Photography Collection
View photographic portraits of Londoners from around the world, commissioned for The Photographers' Gallery, archive images which depict the history of Bradford's South Asian community and a Tate film which looks at the work of photographer, William Klein.

BFI Shorts and BFI Beginnings
BFI Shorts is a collection of new short films by Britain's most talented emerging filmmakers, including documentaries, genre films, dramas and animations. BFI Beginnings showcases the early work of well-known British film directors including Shane Meadows, Stephen Frears and Ridley Scott.

Hotel Arena
Hotel Arena is a unique interactive digital archive of award-winning BBC arts documentary series, Arena. Step inside the hotel and explore over 600 film clips featuring the stars and innovators of contemporary popular culture.

John Peel's record collection
Discover an interactive digital archive of late radio DJ John Peel's record collection and listen to his favourite artists in the first 100 albums of each section from A to Z.

Further information on The Space

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.

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