Welcome to BBC Arts.
Welcome to the new BBC Arts website, a space which draws together arts coverage and comment from across the BBC - television, radio and online - and aims to put the best of British art and culture at your fingertips.
We will showcase performance of all types.....Here you will be able to find live streams of performances and events or enjoy them on demand later.
The BBC launched the new site of 14th May. It gets:
- 10 out of 10 for the idea - this is the new way to access television when access need not be governed by schedules
- 5 out of 10 for effort - they've started and are up and running - in a way similar to getting the roof on and the windows in. The basic structure is there but there's a long way to go before it's delivering what it's promising
- 3 out of 10 for functionality. That's because it doesn't work at all well at present and much is inaccessible or very difficult to find!
- sign up for the latest news on arts programmes and events via the BBC Arts newsletter
- Follow on Twitter for the latest updates from BBC Arts @bbcarts
- Follow the RSS feed - http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/0/rss.xml
- Check out the A-Z Archive of Arts Programmes on the BBC via the feed for Factual: Arts, Culture & the Media: Arts - although a lot of these are not yet available online (I'm thinking it would be a much better feed if they indicated when they might be available online!)
- Find out what is actually available to view now:
- on BBC 1
- on BBC Arts on BBC iPlayer - On the top line menu on an iPad, the category menu presents in the middle. You would be forgiven for not knowing that the Art Category is off screen all the way to the left - so you have to start scrolling
- on BBC Arts on BBC iPlayer - Highlights
- on BBC Arts on BBC iPlayer - Recent Programmes
- on BBC Arts on BBC iPlayer - A-Z (barely functions at present on my iMac ie this link presents a white screen. You also have to scroll all the way to the right of the highlights to find the listing via my Mini iPad.
Form has not followed function - and the design needs radical improvement
[UPDATE: Plus one of the main problems is there is no access to their forward programming of arts programmes coming up - which is always useful for those who like to plan ahead. Just try finding a link to tonight's BBC2 programme "The Summer Exhibition: BBC Arts at the Royal Academy" - it's absolutely nowhere to be seen!)