The Space set to continue for 6 months

The Space, a free digital arts service managed by the Arts Council and developed in partnership with the BBC, DTG, S&T and the BFI, is to continue for a further six months following a successful pilot phase.

The Space is being extended to 31 March 2013 to allow more time to conduct a full evaluation of the existing service and to explore the potential of a permanent digital service for the arts.

Commenting on the announcement, Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: 'We are delighted that the BBC has agreed to continue on this experimental journey with us so that we can build on the lasting legacy left by a great summer of arts, and continue to showcase the vibrancy of UK culture on the world stage.'

Available online, on connected TVs and via a dedicated Freeview HD channel, The Space provides live, free and on-demand access to the work of artists and arts organisations. The service went live during summer 2012, allowing visitors to experience some of the events of Festival 2012 and the wider Cultural Olympiad.

Since launch, The Space has attracted over 900,000 visits leading to over 2 million page views, with over a quarter of visitors encountering new artists or arts organisations for the first time whilst on the website.

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