“I firmly believe that the arts can assist in addressing a number of difficult and pressing policy challenges including ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and mental health. The arts can help keep us well and be part of creating a healthy society. The time has come to recognise the powerful contribution they can make to our health and wellbeing.” Lord Howarth of Newport


The conference venues are:

City Hall
College Green

1 Canon's Road


City Hall

Bristol's City Hall is a unique and dignified civic centre in the heart of Bristol. The foundation stone for The City Hall was laid in 1938 and the building was opened by the Queen in 1956. The long graceful curve of the building borders College Green - an oasis in the centre of the city for people to gather. The Green also fronts Bristol's magnificent Cathedral which dates back to the 12th century. College Green sits at the foot of an elegant hill lined with fine shops leading up to the University of Bristol, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the Georgian splendour of Clifton. In the other direction lie the city docks and a superb range of shops, restaurants and arts and entertainment facilities.
Directions to City Hall (PDF)


Watershed and the Pervasive Media Studio (a city-centre research space) occupy the first floor of a historic Grade II* listed building at the entranceway to Bristol's Harbourside.

In the building there are three cinemas, a large, light and airy Café/Bar, flexible conference and events spaces and the Pervasive Media Studio, a research space which brings together a network of over 100 artists, technologists and academics to explore the future of mobile and wireless media.

With audiences and participation at the heart of the organisation, Watershed delivers a diverse cultural programme of films, events, festivals, artist commissions, tours and conferences. In all of its work Watershed seeks to produce open collaborations and create opportunities which bridge expertise, imaginations and boundaries to promote new ideas and enjoyable experiences.


THe Watershed