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.

BFI Film Academy Bristol

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.

Designing Playful Products

Group of children as part of Play Sandbox

Nine principles for including children in collaborative, rapid R&D

During Play Sandbox - which supported new creative technology products for children - we commissioned a piece of research to explore what happens when you include children and young people in the process of rapid R&D.

 Family Arts 

Family Arts Festival: The Wiz + Family Disco at Watershed
Article by Roseanna Dias
Watershed develops family audiences for cultural film through cross-art form programming and collaboration.


Rife journalists promo image
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.

 Shhh don't tell anyone... we're an arts organisation going undercover as an employer 

Work Experience with Rife Magazine
Article by Hannah Higginson
Hannah talks about Watershed's 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