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Join The Studio

You can apply to join the Studio at any time.

Our curated community is made richer because it is made up of many different types of people, with different skills, interests and access needs. If you are an artist, creative company, researcher or technologist, or a combination of two or more of these things then we want to hear from you.

If you are interested in becoming part of this vibrant network, you can apply using this webform. We understand forms are not everybody’s cup of tea – if you would like to join us, but would rather meet in person or apply in a different format, please contact: luke.e@watershed.co.uk

We encourage all applicants to visit us on a Friday afternoon first as part of our Open Studio Friday’s. These are a chance for anyone to come and hangout in the studio, meet our community, hot desk and attend one of our weekly lunchtime talks. You don't need to book, just turn up from 1pm. There are also weekly Friday tours of the Studio at 12:30pm, to book a tour email: studio@watershed.co.uk

“suddenly I was in this critically supportive and collaborative environment full of people developing everything from citizen space travel to new forms of documentary story-telling. I moved my company to Bristol two years later, and we haven’t looked back since.”

What we want to hear from you

  • You have a specific idea, project, company or area of research that you would like to develop within the collaborative environment of the Pervasive Media Studio

We especially welcome applications from from BAME backgrounds, and Deaf or disabled practitioners.

  • Your idea will potentially have commercial or cultural value (or a mixture of both), combines creativity and technology, and goes beyond that which already exists or has been done before.
  • You can see the benefit of exploring your ideas within an interdisciplinary community of residents, and can identify the added value that you and your work might bring to this ever-changing community.
  • You are open and curious about your field and prepared to be generous with your own ideas, as well as seeking the expertise and critical engagement of others within the network.
  • You are unlikely to have any answers yet about where your project might go, but you will have some degree of understanding and expertise in your given field and can express why you are the right person/people to explore this idea.
  • Our residents come from a wide variety of backgrounds and work across a range of disciplines. Take a look at the themes at the bottom of this page to get a sense of some of our our current themes, however keep in mind that we value difference of opinion, and welcome ideas from unexpected places, so do pitch us your big ideas even if they fall outside of our current areas of interest.

We highly recommend that you browse our current residents and projects to help to decide if you would like to apply to join the Studio.

"Being a part of the studio has been a fantastic experience for me so far, not only for my business as a start-up but also as an individual. There are always relevant networking opportunities in a space with so many different talents and therefore, new and exciting projects to get involved in."

All applications are reviewed by the Studio executive group drawn from Watershed, University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to join?

No-one pays to be here. Keeping money at the margins allows us to welcome people with brilliant, risky and ambitious ideas from all backgrounds and at all stages in their careers.

Are there ever funded residencies?

We do run several funded residency programmes each year, and regularly produce and signpost other opportunities that have a bursary or funded element involved. These will always be posted in our Opportunities section. Sign up to our monthly newsletter to make sure you don't miss out.

Do I need to apply with a specific idea or project?

We are interested in working with brilliant people with good ideas. It is totally fine, if not preferable in fact, to join us at a moment when you do not have all of the answers about what it is you want to do. We are an active, practice-based research community. We encourage testing of ideas early and iterating, so it does help to have an idea of what you would specifically like to explore with us, including some consideration of what you would do in your first days and weeks here, beyond soaking up the atmosphere.

If this isn't the right fit for me, are there other places I might look?

Bristol and the surrounding area has a number of fantastic co-working, studio and incubator spaces. Here are just a few that might be suitable for you:

Engine Shed and The Bristol SETsquared Centre

Bristol Games Hub

Spike Island artist's studios and Spike Design

Hamilton House

Jamaica Street Artists

Bristol Hackspace

BV Studios

Temple Studios

Paintworks

Bath Road Studios

PAPER Arts

Redbrick House

The Forge

Knowle West Media Centre

The Guild: Coworking Bath

Ongoing opportunity