The Bigger Picture was part of a major experiment in public space broadcasting, launched in 2003 on Big Screen Manchester, UK. Big Screen Manchester is a 25 square metre video screen with full sound system, and is housed in a busy public area of Manchester, Exchange Square, regenerated after the IRA bomb in 1996. The Manchester screen broadcasts 24 hours a day, with sound muted from midnight to 7.00am.
The Bigger Picture exhibited artists’ film & video, interactive / participatory screen based projects and arts-based community moving image. Utilising the unique context of Big Screen Manchester, The Bigger Picture was able to present a host of artists’ works to large, diverse, yet often fleeting audiences, reaching far beyond the traditional gallery context.
Working in partnership with BBC, Manchester City Council, and a host of local, regional, national and international partners, Cornerhouse delivered The Bigger Picture’s curated programmes, including calls for entry to its Open Submissions Rounds up to five times a year, whilst additionally commissioning and touring large outdoor screen-based projects. Occasional late night screenings and filmmaker focused events also formed part of the programme.
Big Screen Manchester, is part of a UK Big Screen network and also works to generate opportunities and partnerships with international screen sites.
A partner consortium of BBC, Philips, Manchester City Council and The Triangle (Exchange Square Manchester), installed the first permanent Public Space Broadcasting Screen for the UK in May 2003.