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

Tessa Clarke

Get Set Hire

Jenny Keohane

Andrew Ward

Sir John Weston

and two anonymous Patrons

Honorary Patron

Bénédicte Lacour

Corporate Patron


Super Star Supporter

Claire Cameron

Martin Caraher

Olive Coleman

Stephen Robert Dixon

Andrew Gordon

Richard M Jordan

Caroline Lumb

Spindrift & Luay Al Swaidi

and an anonymous Super Star Supporter

Star Supporters

The Arts Society Richmond

Lynne Babbington

Bates Wells

Malcolm Davies

Malcolm Davies

Roger Gascoigne

Christine Gratus

Lynn Grimes

Leighton Grist

Martin Hinckley

Orla Kelly

Jean-Christophe Lacour

Greg Lovett

Chris Maw

Ajay Mehta

Joyce Okenwa Macfarlane Selfsense Limited

Belinda Pethick

Richmond Film Society

David Edward Riley

Susan Rowe

Simply Signs Ltd

Myriam Singh

Ray and Linda Smith

Chris Spring

John & Tricia Springate

Stir It Up Busy Family Local Recipe Box

Juliet Thompson

Ash Verma

Alastair Walkinshaw

Carol Walsh-Knutson

Dee Ward

Gabriel weston

Linda White

Tom Woods

and several anonymous Star Supporters

For more information on funding and partners please contact Jan Lennox