Photo of Clare REddington by Jon Aitken

Clare Reddington


I joined Watershed in 2004, establishing our creative technology programmes including Pervasive Media Studio and Playable City before taking up the position of CEO in 2018. Known as a leading cross-art form organisation, Watershed has demonstrated a track record of innovation and risk taking for over 40 years, and is recognised internationally as a leading centre for film culture, art and technology practice, and talent development. Though it is the intersections of these strands with our public venue that I find most interesting.

I became CEO just before covid and working with an amazing team have stewarded it though challenging times and out of the other side. I believe in values-led, hopeful and collaborative leadership, the importance of engaging with climate justice, and the power of bringing people together. 

I am a Visiting Professor at University of the West of England.  Chair of Emma Rice's Wise Children, and a trustee of of RSC and British Council. 

Twitter: @clarered

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Exterior shot of Watershed front door with murals of people across the glass front.
Posted on Thu 18 April by Clare Reddington

In light of the huge challenges that so many arts and culture organisations have faced in recent years, Clare Reddington , Watershed's CEO, shares five ‘rules’ for turning your organisation round.

An illustration of the exterior of Watershed building covered in greenery with people swimming in the floating harbour.
Posted on Tue 12 March by Clare Reddington

What will the world want from a cultural venue in a climate crisis?  

Lights and glass items are displayed on a counter, people are looking at them and interacting with them.
Posted on Wed 4 Oct 2023 by Clare Reddington

Clare Reddington, Watershed's CEO talks about the plans for Undershed - a new immersive gallery opening downstairs in Watershed in Spring 2024. 

A woman looks straight into the camera with a smile.
Posted on Tue 1 Aug 2023 by Clare Reddington

With sad hearts we want to acknowledge the death of Adriene Layne or Trini as we knew her. Trini was a member of the Pervasive Media Studio community since 2017, having joined us on a micro residency to develop her Voice Letter prototype into a product, and quickly became a full resident.  

Exterior shot of Watershed Building and the harbour with a yellow ferry boat going past
Posted on Tue 18 July 2023 by Clare Reddington

Watershed is delighted to announce that we are now accredited as a Living Wage Employer, joining a growing list of employers in Bristol striving to drive change and reduce in-work poverty. 

Adult and child stand looking at posters and a welcome sign
Posted on Wed 7 June 2023 by Clare Reddington

Clare Reddington, Watershed's CEO shares our new values created with our communities.

Crane Dance Bristol by Laura Kriefman. Photo by John Rowley.
Posted on Thu 8 Dec 2022 by Clare Reddington

Bristol City Council are currently consulting on cuts to their budget, including proposed cuts to the Cultural Investment Programme.

Entrance to the toilets with a mulit coloured heart - sinks and a window in the background
Posted on Wed 2 Nov 2022 by Clare Reddington

It is with great relief and joy that this week we have opened (most of) our new facilities. Situated in the top foyer of Watershed, the new toilets are bright, welcoming and a physical embodiment of our values.

Two figures balance on a see saw next to a multi coloured heart
Posted on Wed 19 Oct 2022 by Clare Reddington

For the second year running we are publishing Balance and Belonging, a report which shares Watershed's Staff, Board & Freelancers Diversity & Inclusion Data for the last year.

Watershed's 40th birthday colourful logo with dates - 1982 - 2022
Posted on Tue 7 June 2022 by Clare Reddington

Today we are celebrating Watershed's 40th birthday - four decades of bringing people together on Bristol's harbourside. 

Donate now
Posted on Fri 29 April 2022 by Clare Reddington

Our CEO Clare Reddington updates on our toilet refurbishment plans and some of the feedback we have received

Watershed's first brochure
Posted on Thu 13 Jan 2022 by Clare Reddington

Watershed celebrates its 40th birthday in 2022 with a programme of events, workshops and celebrations that reflect on the last four decades and looks ahead to the next four.

Exterior shot of Watershed in daylight
Posted on Fri 2 April 2021 by Clare Reddington

Clare Reddington, Watershed CEO, looks ahead to re-opening the building, thanks Arts Council England for their continued support through the Culture Recovery Fund and asks for your help and feedback.

Exterior of Watershed building
Posted on Wed 30 Sept 2020 by Clare Reddington

Clare Reddington, CEO of Watershed reflects on the work we have been doing to realise our Black Lives Matter commitments.

Sebastián Lelio's A Fantastic Woman (2017)
Posted on Mon 27 July 2020 by Clare Reddington

We're all taking a short break from Mon 3 Aug. Before that our CEO Clare Reddington reflects on what the past few months have been like for us...

Exterior of Watershed
Posted on Tue 5 May 2020 by Clare Reddington

Clare Reddington, Watershed CEO, reflects on Watershed's experiences of the past seven weeks....

Photo of Studio community
Posted on Tue 28 Jan 2020 by Clare Reddington

How do we embrace uncertainty and value the slippy to navigate the conceptual emergency we live in? By Clare Reddington, Watershed CEO

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.

Illustration by Jasmine Thompson, Rife Content Creator
Posted on Fri 8 Dec 2017 by Clare Reddington

Today was the last Creative team* meeting of the year and we shared our 2017 highlights. The range and depth of the team’s selection are a good indication of how amazing this year has been for Watershed, so I thought we should share them:

Playable City Recife
Posted on Thu 21 Sept 2017 by Clare Reddington

We design our programmes to have local, national and global impact

Bear Abouts photo
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.