Work with young people


We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in Bristol's cultural and creative life.

We identify, support and network the talent of tomorrow, encouraging their creativity, ability and curiosity as artists and audiences.

Our inclusive programmes reach out to young people in the spaces where they are (on and offline), developing their profile, skills, confidence and networks and providing stepping stones into the creative and cultural sector.


Rife magazine
Rife Written Content Editor Sammy Jones reflects on what we've learned from working with thousands of young people at Watershed's youth platform Rife
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Rife identifies and cultivates young talent in Bristol
We develop young people’s digital skills, voice, confidence, experience and networks so they go into the creative sector and thrive. We want young people’s voices and creativity to be setting the agenda in the sector, driving it forward so it continues to innovate and inspire.
Family Arts Festival: The Wiz + Family Disco at Watershed
Watershed develops family audiences for cultural film through cross-art form programming and collaboration.
Young people as part of camera crew
An inclusive industry led talent development initiative
The film and television industry in the UK is thriving but a skills shortage and lack of diversity within the sector threaten to undermine it's future. The BFI Film Academy identifies and nurtures young talent to help the sector continue to thrive.
Work Experience with Rife Magazine
Hannah, Watershed's Engagement Producer, talks about our activity with schools and young people, including recently welcoming 23 students from different city schools to come and do work experience with Rife Magazine, Bristol's youth led online platform