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This week on The Space

  • Date: 30 July 2012
  • Area: National
Portrait of man in white shirt looking down

The Space will be publishing portraits from The World in London every day for the next two weeks. Credit: Photograph ©Sylwia Kowalczyk and courtesy of the Photographers' Gallery

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.

New and exciting content is added to The Space each week. Here is a snapshot of what's to come.

Experience The World in London

To mark the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, The Photographers' Gallery has commissioned 204 portraits of 204 Londoners, each originating from one of the competing nations. These are currently being exhibited in The World in London, running until 30 August

As part of the project, The Space is showcasing a specially commissioned documentary about the project and will be publishing 15 of the photographs daily over the next two weeks. The first shows Ivana Grant from Croatia, photographed by Vanda Vučićević. An audio file of Ivana explaining why she loves London is available to download as an accompaniment to the image.

Also on The Space this week

On Tuesday 31 July, the musical journey through John Peel's phenomenal record collection arrives at his first 100 albums filed under the letter 'N'.

The Globe to Globe journey continues this week with two new Shakespeare productions showcasing on The Space. You can currently watch Shakespeare's classic tragedy, Anthony and Cleopatra, in Turkish by Oyun Atölyesi and from Wednesday 1 August, you will be able to watch Madrid-based theatre company Rakata's adaptation of Henry VIII.

From Wednesday 1 August watch a film of Kursk, Sound&Fury's trailblazing immersive play, inspired by the Russian submarine disaster in August 2000.

Watch Contact's fifth instalment of MC rapper Michael Crompton's CountryBoy's Struggle from Thursday 3 August.

Every day this week, new videos from MIMA's #wearmima series, featuring members of the public modelling and reviewing the innovative contemporary art collection will be available on The Space.

Recent highlights still available on The Space

Watch rare and pioneering 1930's documentaries from the BFI's General Post Office Unit film archive.

Watch a recording of Scissor Sisters performing live at the Tower of London for BT River of Music, part of London 2012 Festival, along with behind-the-scenes footage of other artists who performed at the weekend.

Watch films of Eddie Izzard's lecture about Olympic values, as well as his jog around the Olympic Park, available on demand on The Space.

Watch interactive films of live contemporary jazz performances at the Vortex Jazz Club, complete with links to interviews with artists and commentary.

Further information

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