About Us

A photo of Watermans' riverside terrace and this page helps you find out more about us - who we are and what we do.
A place to spend time, to discover new ideas, new work and new experiences... on the banks of the Thames

About us

Watermans is West London’s arts centre. Our mission is to bring communities together through cultural practice and to enrich lives through the arts and creativity. As an independent charity. We believe the arts is for everyone and this is at the heart of everything we do.

Our Programme

Watermans presents a year-round programme of cinema, theatre, exhibitions and workshops from our riverside location in Brentford, opposite Kew Gardens. We are an independent charity with a wide outreach programme across Hounslow and beyond too. Our programme of events and activities reaches tens of thousands of people. These are often people who would otherwise enjoy little or no arts provision. By working with them Watermans helps to build community through the arts.

Our venue

Our Brentford venue houses an independent cinema, 250-seat theatre, contemporary art gallery and creative spaces for the community. In our cinema, find the latest movies, as well as festivals and talks. In our theatre, discover children’s theatre, cabaret, dance, fringe theatre and digital performance. And in our gallery, a year-round programme of free exhibitions focusing on digital arts. We aim to showcase the very best of arts and culture in West London.

Food and Drink

Our large riverside cafe and restaurant – including a gorgeous outdoor riverside terrace – is the perfect place to while away a day. Visit us  to spend time by the river, or chill out before or after a show. The food is freshly-prepared Indian, with a range of Indian bar snacks at the bar and a fabulous-value Express Lunch. Especially useful if you’re in a rush. And fir families, a children’s menu available.

Away from Watermans

Beyond our venue, discover Bell Square, our outdoor arts venue in Hounslow Town Centre, where we present fortnightly free performances May-December. We also run the major Arts Council-funded Creative People and Places programme in Hounslow. Our 10-year vision is to build a confident, colourful and creative Hounslow, and we are well on the way already. You can read more about our Creative People & Places Hounslow work here.

Watermans is a social enterprise and holder of the Social Enterprise Mark. This means that any money we make is ploughed back into providing events and opportunities to take part for the whole community.

Watermans is also an independent charity. You can find out about our income streams, board of trustees and much more on the Charity Commission website here.

Watermans believes it isn’t just important to reach audiences, but to encourage audiences to take part in the Arts too. This idea drives everything we do. It means that there are always things to do here for people from all walks of life. At Watermans, we make a point of catering for minority groups, disabled groups and marginalised groups. Also, this means that we treat these groups just like everybody else. We give them the same access and opportunities but we also have the same expectations for them.

Our team delivers an extensive learning and participation programme for young people which offers over 2000 sessions per year with attendances of over 50,000.  Programmes are typically focused on creative skills development, raising aspirations and introducing young people to creative employment opportunities.

Watermans is passionate about taking arts and culture outside to places where people naturally gather, such as at the outdoor venue we operate in Hounslow:  Bell Square.  Or seeking out new audiences in places where you don’t usually expect to see the Arts, such as our leading role in Hounslow’s Creative People and Places programme.

Come and visit – we look forward to welcoming you!

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