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to our newsletter which we hope will help to keep you updated on what is going on here at Watermans – both at our centre in Brentford, and on the work we do across West London. There is a lot going on! Visit us and find out more about the activities mentioned here and much more.

Watermans part of Apprentice Producer scheme

Watermans has been selected to work in partnership with the Mayor of London and The Albany, Barbican, English National Ballet and Roundhouse to support young adults keen on a career in producing outdoor events. Under the Culture Squad 2012 scheme, five full-time paid apprenticeships are being offered to give five people the chance to help produce London’s ambitious outdoor festival during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Each apprentice will spend a year at one of the arts organisations which will train and support them; they will also be mentored by a festival producer. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Culture Squad 2012 is a fantastic opportunity for young Londoners… to learn from some of the best producers in the business.” Moira Sinclair, Executive Director London, Arts Council England said: “[This]… offers a wonderful opportunity to work in some of the capital’s best arts organisations and to gain a qualification at the same time…” Watermans looks forward to announcing the name of its new apprentice in the new year.




You’re hired!


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Lighting up Hounslow


News from West London’s premier arts centre

Watermans is helping to light up Hounslow town centre with the help of our friends in the borough and thanks to the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund. Hounslow has been awarded £499,000 for a number of projects to keep the streets buzzing. In October , over 4,000 people of all ages enjoyed a free show produced by Watermans to celebrate the switching on of the seasonal lights in Hounslow High Street by the Mayor of Hounslow. With music and entertainment from well-known BBC DJ Ritu, The Bollywood Brass Band and a Fire Show by FlameOz (pictured), the evening finished with a drive-in screening of top Bollywood film, Devdas.

‘Council pulls out the stops for festive lights switch-on’ Hounslow Chronicle

In December, Watermans produced the two-day Winter Celebration event which included Feltham Arts’ Festive Lanterns with children from Orchard School and Grove Road School, supported by music from the Hounslow Music Service. This was followed the next day by performances by Britains most famous juggling performers Gandini Juggling and their amazing Glow Clubs (pictured below) supported by dance from West Thames College.


WATERMANS is a lively arts organisation based on the riverside in Brentford, serving communities across West London and beyond. We promote and encourage the arts in all their forms, providing a range of entertainment, supporting exciting new and emerging artists and improving social conditions through the provision of arts.

Watermans approved for Social Enterprise Mark The awarding of the Social Enterprise Mark recognises the pioneering work that Watermans has done over the last eight years, using cultural and arts projects to deliver a wide variety of social benefits across West London.

Projects have involved people with many different backgrounds. Participants have taken part in a range of arts activities designed to improve their self-confidence and self-esteem, sociability and social inclusion, deliver health improvements and to develop creative and life skills.

For more on the Mark visit

UFO over Watermans?

Watermans is installing Geometry a light sculpture by renowned artist FÊlicie d’Estienne d’Orves, that will light up the Brentford night sky for most of next year. The artist exploits the latest laser light technology to produce an engaging, mysterious, kinetic work which appears frameless and with a life of its own. Testing of one beam has been taking place and the complete light sculpture will be ready to be turned on by the Mayor of London at the beginning of February 2012.


Don’t miss

The Night Before Christmas

Recent funding won In addition to the major grants awarded by Arts Council England and London Borough of Hounslow, Watermans has recently won funding from a range of other sources. Over the past 15 years, we have developed our expertise to deliver projects with clear social benefits and have been providing services through public sector contracts for the last four years. Contracts won in the last few months include:

BAA Communities Trust Take Me To London – creative media project for young people

Outer London Fund Geometry laser light sculpture in Brentford and an outdoor arts programme for Hounslow High Street

London Borough of Hounslow Innovation Fund Arts and mental health service sustainability project

London Borough of Brent LightGraffiti – a creative media project for unemployed young people

Our main family theatre event for December is The Night Before Christmas – a captivating story that is guaranteed to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Ideal for young children aged from 3 to 7, this Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company production brings magic, excitement, catchy tunes and plenty of audience participation. Tickets going fast! “A fine piece of theatre” The Stage


3 things you may not know about Watermans

Contact us

International Festival of Digital Art 2012

Watermans, 40 High Street Brentford TW8 0DS

Throughout 2012 and to celebrate the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic

25,000 young people took part in Watermans’ arts workshops last year

9 boroughs

in Central and West London

International Festival of Digital Art. The Festival will feature work from

Twitter WatermansCentre Book online at at any time or call 020 8232 1010 daily 1pm–9pm.

artists representing each of the as well as a British artist. Works promise to be interactive with

Guru Tandoori Restaurant/Bar Reservations: 020 8232 1011.

intriguing titles such as Cymatics,

Watermans is fully accessible with lifts and ramps to all levels.

Unity, HokusPokus, Granular Graph, Going with the Flow and

How to find us

Strata-caster. Each artist will exhibit at a separate time, starting

Audiences have been able to enjoy

over 200 different films since the beginning of the year

Web Facebook watermans.artscentre

Games, Watermans is hosting an

five continents across the world

Watermans currently provides arts and creative services across


from January until the end of the

Watermans is on the river, halfway between Kew Bridge and Brentford Town Centre.

Paralympic Games in September.

Bus: 65, 237, 267 and N9 stop outside.

Be Part of The Art.

Stations: Kew Bridge/Brentford (South West Trains service from Waterloo) then 10 mins’ walk or bus. Gunnersbury (District or North London line) then 237, 267 bus. South Ealing (Piccadilly line) then 65 bus. Car: Ample onsite car parking for customers

Watermans is managed by the Hounslow Arts Trust Ltd (No 1164904), registered as a charity (No 267426). VAT No 422352977. All information included in this newsletter was believed accurate at time of production, however, please check our website for up-to-date information.


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