Exhibitions & New Media Arts

Watermans is currently closed ahead of a move to a new building. For nearly 40 years it was one of the UK’s leading art galleries and is now working towards re-opening in a new building in Brentford centre. Watermans is currently participating in a major EU funded project, Artcast4D - the final exhibition in the original building, The Pillars of Our Latex House by Tendayi Vine was the first pilot project. The original venue specialised in presenting new media art exhibitions. It developed a close relationship with the WRO Art Centre in Poland. The two organisations jointly presented new media art events like Digital Redux. Watermans also has an online gallery space.

Watermans commissions leading artists from around the world to explore art and technologies and what this means in the 21st century. The art works can be anything from film and video, AI powered soundscapes, computer driven visuals and experimental software offering immersive experiences.

Recent exhibitions saw Watermans present work by artists from India, Poland and Slovenia, as well as the UK, The exhibitions have explored subjects such as computer dating, climate change and time.

Watermans has a significant track record in presenting work by emerging artists, often exploring diverse and difficult subjects. This offers a rare opportunity to explore the margins of contemporary art.

The venue also participated in and continues to support the annual Brentford art trail event. Creative Mile. This is is an opportunity to explore Brentford through the work of local artists, involving everything from exhibitions, performances, workshops, and open studios. The event also showcases art work for sale. Actively managed and programmed by artists themselves, Creative Mile is an innovative and highly creative festival of contemporary art that highlights the positive regeneration of Brentford and its locale.

Selected Events

Exhibitions

The Hounslow Cloth Exhibition at Feltham Library

13 Apr - 04 Sep

The most stunning shades in the world are the ones found in nature. This world of possibility and diversity of […]

Exhibitions

Deblozay Exhibition at Cranford Library

13 Apr - 04 Sep

Out of the shadows, they come. A throng of dancers, speakers and musicians all dressed in distinctive black and white.  […]

Exhibitions

How Are You (Really)? Exhibition at Hanworth Library

13 Apr - 04 Sep

Think back to the last time someone asked ‘how are you’? Did you tell them the truth, or did you […]

Exhibitions

Wanderings Exhibition at Hounslow Library

13 Apr - 04 Sep

In Summer 2022, Creative People & Places Hounslow’s Visual Arts Programme invited four artists to explore and map Hounslow’s unique, […]

New Media Arts Archive

Tenderly Towards the Tipping Point, an exhibition by: Kaushal Sapre, Mohit Shelare, Sonam Chaturvedi, Aasma Tulika, Bazik Thlana

From 20 October 2023 – 14 March 2024, Watermans presented a group of leading contemporary artists from India with a radical approach to the use of a wide variety of media in their art. Tenderly Towards the Tipping Point brought together a multitude of artistic responses to time and the imposition of time.

Launch for Tenderly Towards the Tipping Point

On 20 October 2023, Watermans held a launch event for the group exhibition, Tenderly Towards the Tipping Point.

Co_Sonic 1884 km² Exhibition by Robertina Šebjanič

Co_Sonic 1884 km² is a visual-poetic reflection and an AI powered soundscape, that tells the story of the (co)existence of river environments and their inhabitants. It was presented at Watermans from Friday 14 July until Sunday 15 October 2023.

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