Publications

Cover image from Producing the Future report

Please find below a variety of publications, reports and articles about Watershed's activities and topics that we think are of interest.

You can download any of these to read at your leisure and there are also a couple of publications that can be posted to you on request.

They are published here to help make information about Watershed more widely available, if there is any other information you are looking for that you can't find here or on other parts of the site then please do contact us.

Please note: these reports are copyright protected and provided for public information purposes only.

Our Impact in 2015/2016

Find out how the generosity of our audience has helped young people to develop their creative voice, build stronger partnerships with diverse groups and celebrate talented artists on an international platform.

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Watershed Sandbox: A How To Guide

Over the last eight years Watershed has shaped and refined a talent development programme that supports brilliant people to try out new ideas with generosity and rigour. We call it a Sandbox. This guide sets out the approach, tools, values and methodologies of Sandbox - for others to share, copy, edit or clone.

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The REACT Report

The REACT Report details four years of our work with five Universities to establish an innovative collaborative network of academics and creative companies. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, REACT was a Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy.

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Watershed Conversations

Earlier this year Watershed commissioned Dr Tom Fleming to undertake a set of ‘Watershed conversations’ to explore how Watershed is understood and valued, its core strengths and its potential role going forward. These converstations are part of an ongoing process of critical reflection for the organisation, a constant renewal necessary to remain relevant, to drive change and to deliver value to the culture and economy of Bristol.

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Watershed Board of Trustees Report 2015

Report of Watershed's Board of Trustees and consolidated financial statements – Year ended 31 March 2015.

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Watershed Council of Management Report 2014

Report of Watershed's Council of Management and consolidated financial statements—Year ended 31 March 2014.

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Watershed Council of Management Report 2013

Report of Watershed's Council of Management and consolidated financial statements—Year ended 31 March 2013.

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Watershed Council of Management Report 2012

Report of Watershed's Council of Management and consolidated financial statements—Year ended 31 March 2012.

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Watershed Council of Management Report 2011

Report of Watershed's Council of Management and consolidated financial statements—Year ended 31 March 2011.

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Curating Innovation, an evaluation of Media Sandbox 2010

An evaluation of Media Sandbox 2010 'Curating Innovation' by Annie Warburton. Media Sandbox 2010 centred on the creation of ideas that explore rich experiences augmented by open data or mobile, wireless & sensory technologies and commissioned seven projects.
Find out more about Media Sandbox.

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'a different kind of economic model'

A Watershed/iShed profile as part of an Arts Professional article by Clare Cooper and Roanne Dods of the Mission, Models, Money programme which looks at fresh thinking about management structures in the arts and how it's shaped business practice. Clare Cooper and Roanne Dods explain how the Mission, Models, Money programme has been supporting arts organisations attempting to change. 

 

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Whose art is it anyway? by John Knell

John Knell, Director, Intelligence Agency asks how far do the personalisation and choice agendas shaping other areas of publicly funded activity, such as health and education, have any resonance for the arts? Whose art is it anyway? was commissioned by Arts Council England.

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After the Crunch

In this 100-page book, 42 artists, entrepreneurs, commentators, analysts, policy-makers, policy-sceptics, academics, financiers - and citizens - set out their hopes and fears for the future. After the Crunch includes an article from Managing Director of Watershed, Dick Penny: "Crisis is always the best opportunity to do something fresh".

Image: Drawings by Paul Davis ©

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Embracing the Desire Lines – Opening Up Cultural Infrastructure by Tom Fleming

Tom Fleming explores the implications of a more open and collaborative practice for 'bricks and mortar' cultural infrastructures. Tom Fleming is consultant and academic specialising in research and support for the cultural and Creative Industries sector.  

Image: Scatter, reworked 2009 by Joe Magee periphery.co.uk

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From Silos to Shrek Ears

Personalisation and the future of Successful Cultural Leadership

In 2008 the Creative Arts Venues (CAV) network of six venues (Watershed, Cornerhouse in Manchester, FACT in Liverpool,, Broadway in Nottingham, Showroom in Sheffield and Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle) was  awarded funding from the Cultural Leadership Programme under their Networks action learning pilot schem,  to explore personalisation of audience experiences and its impact on cultural leadership. From Silos To Shrek Ears is the dissemination report of the project. 

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Watershed Council of Management Report 2010

Report of Watershed's Council of Management and consolidated financial statements—Year ended 31 March 2010.

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If it didn't exist it would be necessary to invent it.

A collection of interviews between Steve Wright, (Arts Editor, Venue) and some of the creative individuals and artists that Watershed collaborates with which explore the creative impact of Watershed.

If you would prefer to read a hard copy of this publication please email us with your full name and address and we will post you a copy.

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Some Kind of Magic: The 2010 evaluation of Theatre Sandbox

Theatre Sandbox 2010 enabled six theatre artists & companies to research and develop new ideas using pervasive media technologies. The R&D period came to a close at the end of 2010 and, true to the spirit of openness and knowledge exchange, we are pleased to share the story, which has been produced by independent evaluator Annie Warburton.

Find out more about Theatre Sandbox.

Watch interviews and short films about Theatre Sandbox 2010 on Dshed.

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Media Sandbox 2009

Making space for great ideas - a report which showcases the unique results of this cutting-edge R&D scheme. This publication captures the first two years of Media Sandbox and celebrates the 12 brilliant companies who participated in the scheme. 

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If you would prefer to read a hard copy of this publication please email us with your full name and address and we will post you a copy.

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Producing the Future

Understanding Watershed’s Role in Ecosystems of Cultural Innovation

A case study of Watershed produced by International Futures Forum with an introduction from Watershed’s Managing Director Dick Penny and John Knell, the Intelligence Agency.

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