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This week on The Space: Sillitoe’s Nottingham and more

  • Date: 23 October 2012
  • Area: National
Archive black and white photograph of Alan Sillitoe

Download a handbook from The Space to navigate the real locations of Alan Sillitoe's novel, 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning'. Credit: Monire Childs

The Space is a free digital arts service developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC. It 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.

Explore Sillitoe's Nottingham

On Alan Sillitoe Day this Saturday 27 October, visitors to The Space can download an exclusive e-book which will navigate you through the real Nottingham-based locations of Sillitoe's famous novel, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958). In symmetry with the 1950s setting of the novel, the e-book will take the form of a classic Raleigh Handbook.

The e-book complements the Sillitoe Trail, which you can currently explore in its virtual form on The Space. The online collection contains essays investigating the key themes of the novel and films which trace contemporary responses to Sillitoe's work. 

Also on The Space this week

Explore contemporary West African art and music showcased in this summer's We Face Forward season in Manchester. The exhibitions and concerts seek to redefine our perception of contemporary West African culture.

Delve into the world of contemporary circus and learn about its development over the past 40 years by watching two more films in the Circus Post series.

On Tuesday 23 October find out which artists John Peel listened to in 'Z' of his record collection, the final stop in the journey which began in May 2012. Explore the late radio DJ's archive, comprising 2,600 albums and 26 short films which put a spotlight on some of the featured artists.

On Wednesday 24 October, watch the final performance in the river-boat inspired installation, A Room for London, featuring award-winning author, Naomi Alderman.

On the same day, experience the full force of Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, the fourth movement of Gustav Holst's The Planets, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and recorded through six camera feeds.

On Friday 26 October, step into East London's underground contemporary jazz scene and watch the final performance in Vortex Jazz Club's series showcasing today's finest contemporary jazz artists.

Recent highlights still available on The Space

  • Memory Marathon - watch highlights from The Serpentine Gallery's event which brought together internationally renowned artists, performers, thinkers and academics to explore ideas around 'memory'
  • Modern Masters - watch archive arts films from the Arts Council Film Collection
  • Arena Hotel - explore the back catalogue of award-winning BBC documentary, Arena, reimagined as a virtual hotel
  • The Undertones and The Fall - watch exclusive performances from the legendary punk and post-punk bands, who took to the stage once more in a benefit gig raising money for the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Further information

We are pleased to have recently announced that The Space will be available for a further six months until 31 March 2013.

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