Funding & Partners

Watermans is an independent charity operating as a social enterprise delivering high quality arts provision for all.

We’re an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, and we receive funding from London Borough of Hounslow. We also rely on donations, box office and commercial income from our trading arm, and deliver many contracts for surrounding boroughs.

In 2018-19 we grew our income to just under £2m which breaks down in the following way:

We work with a wide variety of funders and partners, including:

Arts Council England – we are a National Portfolio Organisation and also lead Creative People & Places in Hounslow, ACE’s major investment in engaging new audiences in the Arts in areas of low engagement.

London Borough of Hounslow – we are awarded contracts to provide a year-round high-quality arts programme in the borough and deliver projects with outcomes for specific groups.

Hounslow Short Breaks – we run a year-round arts programme for families with a disabled child in partnership with Hounslow’s Short Breaks programme.

GLA – we have delivered the outdoor arts programme at Bell Square in Hounslow Town Centre, supported by GLA

Social Investment Business – we received a major investment to develop our capacity to deliver public sector contracts via the Futurebuilders programme.

Corporate Partners – GSK, Heathrow Community Fund, Citroen and other partners have played a key role in supporting individual projects.

Schools – we work with many local schools to engage children and young people in the arts with hands on activities such as lantern making for Hounslow’s Winter Lights event, or bringing them into the centre for events such as Shakespeare Schools and NT Connections.

#SaveWatermans Emergency Appeal Supporters

In December 2020, Watermans launched an emergency appeal to #SaveWatermans. This was in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has decimated the arts sector, including venues like Watermans.

The campaign raised over £100,000 in just 4 weeks through an incredible groundswell of community support. Donations raise from £1 to £1000, and we appreciate each and every one of these – if you gave, you’ve shown your support. And that means the world

Here, we name those that gave £150 and over, recognising your exceptional generosity that helps us get to our target to help protect Watermans’ future.

Thank you.

2021 Patrons – £1000 and over

Andrew Ward

Sir John Weston

Tessa Clarke

Get Set Hire

Susan Muir-Bacon

2021 Super Star Supporter – £500 and over

Caroline Lumb

Martin Caraher

Claire Cameron

Stephen Robert Dixon

Jennifer Keohane

Andrew Gordon

Geoffrey Brine

Olive Coleman

Jennifer Keohane

Richard M Jordan

Spindrift & Luay Al Swaidi

Peter Cawley

2021 Star Supporter – £150 and over

Claire Wing

Stephen Merrill

Janet Mary Baldwin

Bates Wells

Richmond Film Society

Dee Ward

Juliet Thompson

The Arts Society Richmond

Sarah Singer

Martin Hinckley

Susan Rowe

Gabriel Weston

Clare Stevens


Belinda P

Sunita Verma

Jean-Christophe Lacour

Ash Verma

Deborah Hall

Tom Woods

Stephen Swords

Stir It Up Busy Family Local Recipe Box

Ajay Mehta

Lynne Babbington

Greg Lovett

Ray and Linda Smith

Chris Maw

Leighton Grist

Chris Spring

John & Tricia Springate

Myriam Singh

Roger Gascoigne

Orla Kelly

Linda White

Nick Ferguson

Belinda Pethick

David Edward Riley

Malcolm Davies

Carol Walsh-Knutson

Lynn Grimes

Alastair Walkinshaw

Jonathan Jones

Joyce Okenwa Macfarlane – Selfsense Limited

Christine Gratus

Malcolm Davies

Giles Dixon

For more information on funding and partners please contact Jan Lennox