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.

New Media Arts Archive

Ruins In Reverse – Olena Newkryta

Ruins in Reverse by Olena Newkryta was exhibited as part of Watermans’ New Media Arts programme, 5 September to 1 November 2022. Shot in a steppe landscape in southern Ukraine, this short film follows the process of transformation of an abandoned Soviet residential apartment building.

The Pillars of Our Latex House by Tendayi Vine

The Pillars of Our Latex House Tendayi Vine 23 March – 11 April 2024  The Pillars of Our Latex House: A […]

Launch Event: The Pillars of Our Latex House

The launch event for a new exhibition by artist Tendayi Vine, The Pillars of Our Latex House was held at Watermans on Saturday 23 March 2024. The exhibition was the first of the pilot commissions for the EU funded project, Artcast4D.

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