About us

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Welcome to Watershed

Watershed is a cultural organisation focussed on togetherness. We produce accessible and inclusive experiences that fire up the imagination in our venue, online and across the world.

Watershed is one of the most culturally upbeat and lively venues in the UK.
Mark Kermode, Journalist/Film Critic

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An overview

We are recognised internationally as a leading centre for film culture, art and technology practice, and talent development programmes. Our values sit at the heart of everything we do, both creative and operational. With an ethos of responsibility and kindness, we produce and deliver support which is more than the sum of its parts. 

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.

Read more about our history

What we do

Watershed is a cultural cinema, a research and creative technology research and development space (the Pervasive Media Studio), a Café & Bar and a Conference & Events space. 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 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.

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Jobs & opportunities

At Watershed’s heart we are all about people.

Be part of our story through applying for one of our diverse range of jobs and other opportunities.

Current opportunities
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Dancing Shadows, as part of Layered Realities. Photo by Paul Blakemore.

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.

Meet the team

Further information


Directions and location information for visiting Watershed in Bristol city centre, plus information about current opening hours and accessibility.

Information on Visiting Watershed


Watershed policies detail the principles that underpin how we work with audiences, artists and staff.

Our policies

Contact us

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.

Contact details