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What is the Pervasive Media Studio?

A diverse community exploring creative technology

A home for early ideas and companies

A Studio offering space, events and opportunities

The Pervasive Media Studio hosts a brilliant community of over 100 artists, creative companies, technologists and academics exploring experience design and creative technology. It is a collaboration between Watershed, University of Bristol and UWE Bristol.

This place. A studio. A community. A place to tinker, test, play. Where strangers become friends. Where thought provocateurs open up unimaginable possibilities. Where generosity lies at the heart of every conversation and collaboration. Where being interruptible creates the stuff of dreams. A safe house. A home. 

Harmeet Chagger-Khan, Studio Resident and Creative Director of Surfing Light Beams

Our projects can be cultural or commercial and span play, robotics, location-based media, food, connected objects, interactive documentary and new forms of performance. We test our projects as early as possible and iterate.

"The coming together of academic, the arts and tech people is really producing some pretty special projects. Every Friday they hold an Open Studio which is strongly recommended if you are in the area. They have a lunchtime speaker, plus the opportunity to meet the teams and learn about their projects."

James Parton, Director of Twilio, Europe

We are based within Watershed on Bristol's historic dockside. We have an open plan Studio with a culture of generosity, curiosity and interuptability. We believe that by clustering together  people from a broad range of backgrounds, with differing skills, experiences and opinions, all of our ideas get better.

“I've never come back from @wshed @PMStudioUK without wanting to move to Bristol!”

Annette Mees, Artist, director and maker of adventures via Twitter

For general enquiries contact us at


Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX


To access the Studio, please go to the Main Watershed Box Office entrance and go upstairs to the Café Bar. Walk across the cafe bar, turn right and walk towards the double doors. Go through into the corridor and walk all the way down until you reach the Studio. 

The PM Studio is wheelchair accessible and there is an accessible and gender neutral toilet. There is also a baby change area.

The last talk of every month is BSL interpreted. We have a dedicated quiet room where there is low lighting, sofas, bean bags and space to lie down. This is away from the general open space of the Studio.


We ask that you keep your mask on when moving around the Studio, you are free to take them off when you sit down. If you are able to take a lateral flow test before coming in, that's also appreciated but it's not essential. If you have any access requirements, please email and we will do our best to accommodate you.


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