Art and technology

The Rooms

We are passionate about the potential of technology to engage people and share knowledge. We use the power of collaboration to create transformative, disruptive and magical experiences.

Our programme of residencies, labs, events and funding schemes responds to emerging technologies, societal challenges and new partnerships. 

The Pervasive Media Studio, our world-leading research lab, is home to a thriving community of artists, technologists, start ups, researchers and industry. Playable City puts people and play at the heart of future cities around the world.

Soil Futures, Spring Residencies Showcase
Please note: This event took place in July 2021
Join us for a free and in-person Artists showcase event to experience the work in progress created by Watershed’s Spring Artists in Residence – Katy Connor and Lukus Robbins
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A global talent development programme led by Watershed
Creative Producers International gathered together a dynamic network of creative producers from across the world. It aimed to enhance individual practices, raise ambitions and make real change across the world on a city scale.
Ella Good and Nicki Kent, Building a Martian House. Credit: Robert Keller, Satori Photos
Following our open call for Watershed and MAYK’s Winter Residencies programme, we’re delighted to announce the three artists who will develop works exploring technology and climate breakdown.
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Our work
A five-year programme connecting the worlds of university research and creative business to develop a shared vision for tomorrow’s creative industries.
Welcome to the Pervasive Media Studio
Length: 3m 30s
Want to be inspired, take a break, and learn more about brilliant projects and people working with creative technology? Maybe you want to know what creative technology even is exactly? Visit the Pervasive Media Studio and find out more!
Pervasive Media Studio
Article by Clare Reddington
A short provocation on Artists as Leaders, the difference between innovation and invention and the danger of constraining the latter with the metrics of the former, given at Beyond Conference to launch AHRC's Clusters investments.
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In conversation with a commissioner, a producer and a venue
MAYK, Unlimited and Watershed worked in partnership in May 2018 to deliver Unlimited Connects, a day-long celebration with Deaf and disabled artists.
Photo of Layered Realities 5G showcase in Millennium Square Bristoltol
The world's first urban 5G testbed for public users
An exploration of the potential of 5G through a series of experimental events - asking artists, researchers and creatives to produce bold new works in public space.
Article by David Haylock
How and why we share and open source our technical processes.
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Article by Rachael Burton
Many of the people we work with have developed their ideas into successful and sustainable businesses. However, the leap from creative idea to sustainable business is a really big one. We are exploring how we can support artists and small creative businesses through this challenging journey of business development. We are at the start of the journey, and want to share our current thinking.
The Last Blues Song of a Lost Afronaut
Length: 5m 34s
An immersive theatre piece, developed as part of our 2016 Artist in Residence programme, in which protagonist Afronaut Femi travels through space in search of life on other planets.
Creating new civic conversation through play
Playable City puts people and play at the heart of the future city, re-using city infrastructure and re-appropriating smart city technologies to create connections – person to person, person to city.
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Article by Clare Reddington
Watershed's approach is not characterised in a specific project or programme, but an ethos of open-ness, responsibility, partnership and passion.
The Rooms festival, REACT
Article by Jo Lansdowne
Watershed works with Universities to support collaborative research and development between academics and practitioners. Together we are exploring digital cultures, designing new products and interrogating the potential of new technologies.
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Supporting ambitious creative practitioners
Watershed's annual funded Residency Programme supports practitioners to develop creative technology projects.
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Introducing a new lab and programme
As Watershed partners on a new Bristol VR Lab, we share knowledge and learning across Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Reality.