Welcome to Watershed
We are a cultural cinema, Café & Bar and research and creative technology research and development space (the Pervasive Media Studio), working locally, nationally and globally, championing engagement, imagination and ingenuity.
Watershed is one of the most culturally upbeat and lively venues in the UK.
Mark Kermode, Journalist/Film Critic
Watershed was founded in 1982 with a passion for promoting new ideas and creating enjoyable experiences. Since then, we have established ourselves as one of the few truly cross-art form organisations in the UK.
We have changed and evolved over the years, but our original sense of experimentation and creativity has remained central to our purpose.
It’s not always been easy but the fact that we are still thriving owes much to our many supporters, the people who love what we do and have created the Watershed community.
What we do
We present a diverse programme of films, events, festivals, artist commissions, workshops and conferences with audiences and participation at its heart. Playfulness, relevance and care are key to our approach across all areas.
Watershed employs over 100 members of staff across a range of activities from organising an artist’s residency or film screening to selling you a ticket or serving a meal.
Find out more about us, our roles and responsibilities. This should help you put a face to the name or a name to the face.
Directions and location information for visiting Watershed in Bristol city centre, plus information about current opening hours and accessibility.
Watershed policies detail the principles that underpin how we work with audiences, artists and staff.
If you have questions, comments or feedback then find out who to contact in this list of email and telephone contacts for different parts of Watershed.