Arts Council England is calling for expressions of interest for content for The Space, an experimental digital arts media service and commissioning programme in partnership with the BBC that could help to transform the way people connect with, and experience, arts and culture.
Launching in May and running until the end of October 2012, this pop up service – which will be available across PC, mobile, tablet and connected TV – will challenge artists and arts and cultural organisations to collaborate with each other and with partners to capture and create a wealth of cultural experiences, drawing on the richness of the summer of arts of the Olympic year.
The service will show a whole host of content including newly commissioned programmes and will also include celebrity curation and critique, live broadcasts and some of the best archive content from the Arts Council and BBC archives.
Arts Council England is investing £2.5 million of its strategic digital innovation funds, which will be made available to arts and cultural organisations via a Lottery grant programme. The BBC has committed a £2 million support package including providing the technology solution and training and mentoring for successful applicants.
The fund is open to arts and cultural organisations, large and small. Museums and libraries can also apply for work that is primarily arts focused. Artists can apply but must do so in partnership with a lead organisation.
Organisations or consortia interested in applying for an award should complete an expression of interest form to demonstrate an activity that meets the editorial vision. Expressions of interest will be accepted between Monday 14 November and Friday 9 December.
Arts Council England will contact shortlisted applicants on 21 December 2011 with an invitation to complete a full application.
Find out about more about The Space, including details of how to apply, on the Arts Council England website at www.artscouncil.org.uk