Better Business / Member profile


By bristol247, Wednesday Nov 21, 2018

Watershed is proud to be a Founding member of Better Business. As the leading film culture centre in the South West, we advance education, skills, appreciation and understanding of the arts with a focus on film, media and digital technologies.

We develop cultural engagement, imagination and talent – in the belief that the route to better futures is open, disruptive and co-produced. With audiences and participation at our heart we produce original ideas and curate a diverse programme of talent development, cinema exhibition, events and festivals. Watershed and the Pervasive Media Studio (our research space) occupy the first floor of a historic Grade II listed building at the entranceway to Bristol’s Harbourside.

Watershed opened in 1982 and declared itself to be ‘Britain’s First Media Centre’ seeking to capture and contextualise the shift in media when satellite TV and Channel 4 were starting up. It’s not always been easy but the fact that we are still thriving owes much to our many supporters, the people who love what we do and have created the Watershed community.

Watershed acts as both a hub and an anchor for the city’s creative economy – raising its profile, developing its connections and creating opportunity to share its strengths with the world.

Watershed team members act as mentors to creative organisations across the city, and advocate for their needs on forums from LEP to the Business Improvement District. We invest resources to strengthen individual players in the ecology and the whole.

Our open approach and accessible venue ensure people from all backgrounds feel welcome. By providing the space and opportunity for different worlds to meet, Watershed plays an active role in strengthening the aspiration and the connections of the local ecology and we love to be in making Bristol a better place.

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