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Discover full performances, orginal work and rare archive on The Space. See more

The Space: Push Me Collection

Push Me Collection follows the remarkable stories of disabled artists pushing themselves to reach astonishing goals. See more

The Space: John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

John Peel Centre for Creative Arts has unveiled 2,600 albums from this legendary DJ's record collection. See more

The Space: 10by10

10by10 offers a unique journey across the UK from a Black British perspective. See more

The Space: Universe of Sound

Universe of Sound: The Planets was an interactive digital installation at the Science Museum.  See more

The Space: Tongue Fu Flicks

Tongue Fu Flicks showcases spontaneous live perfomances fusing spoken word, improvised music and film. See more

The Space is a pilot digital arts service and commissioning programme launched in May 2012 by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC.

The Space was conceived and developed as a live, free, and on-demand service through which audiences could access a wide range of arts digitally and, in particular, the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad.

Initially piloted from May to October 2012, the service was designed to build digital capacity in the arts, support digital creativity and experimentation and connect arts organisations with a wider audience. 

Commissions and content

Arts Council England invested £3.5 million of Lottery funding in 51 original commissions for The Space. Additional content was supplied through archival material from the British Film Institute, the Arts Council Film Collection and the BBC, and through a limited number of direct commissions and submissions, some through partnerships with Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

Learning and evaluation

Following the completion of the initial pilot phase, Arts Council England and the BBC commissioned a comprehensive evaluation of The Space service. The findings show that The Space was successful in building digital capacity amongst participating arts organisations and that overall feedback from audiences, the arts sector and opinion formers was positive about the value and the quality of the service. The headline statistics for the pilot also indicate that The Space has potential as a service for connecting audiences and arts organisations online. An executive summary of the key findings from the evaluations can be found below.
Arts Council England and the BBC are now working together, using the learnings from the pilot, to develop a future service, which they plan to launch next year.  The Space continues to make available, free and on demand, hundreds of hours of original work direct from some of the nation's greatest artists and arts organisations, including full performances, unique behind-the-scenes access, rare archive and interactive collections.

Browse the evaluation summary, case studies and latest videos

Browse the links below to find out the key findings from the evaluation summary, specific projects and latest videos.

The Space evaluation summary
Push Me Collection
John Peel's Record Collection 10by10
Universe of Sound: The Planets
Tongue Fu Flicks