The front of the Spike Island building

Creative partnerships and connections

UWE Bristol has links and partnerships with some of the South West's top cultural and creative organisations, so you can be sure that your studies are setting you up to succeed in your career.

Creative partnerships and connections

Well-established links with some of the top creative and cultural organisations in the region have led to an evolving portfolio of exciting collaborations and opportunities. They also enable us to deliver a curriculum that meets the changing needs of the art and design industry – so your studies provide a solid and relevant foundation for your chosen career.

Exciting partnerships


Located in Bristol’s vibrant harbourside, Arnolfini introduces new and major work by international artists to over 500,000 visitors a year. It is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts and presents innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film and music.

Our partnership builds on existing work with the Arnolfini and offers studio spaces above the gallery for our creative courses.

Spike Island

Part of our network of major cultural organisations, Spike Island has rapidly established a reputation as a space for artists, designers and creative practitioners that makes it one of the most unique cultural organisations in the country. Our Fine Art students have gained a great deal from working alongside professionals in a wide range of artistic fields at Spike. We are currently working on a programme of research projects and postgraduate developments that will create exciting learning opportunities.


Watershed is Britain’s first media centre and promotes creativity, innovation and inclusion from cultural, commercial and community sectors. It's a facilitator, hub and catalyst within the creative industries, develops new models of practice through learning opportunities for all and is the go-to place for independent film.

The Pervasive Media Studio

The Pervasive Media Studio is a collaboration between Watershed, HP Labs and our Digital Cultures Research Centre, with support from the South West Regional Development Agency. It is also the home of our Digital Cultures Research Centre.

The Pervasive Media Studio brings together creators and users from diverse backgrounds to research and produce valuable experiences for a new form. The Studio has a great work space, an open ethos and a can-do attitude, and is fuelled by ideas, curiosity and generosity.

Encounters International Short Film Festival

This annual event takes place in November at the Watershed and Arnolfini. The Encounters Festival is the largest of its kind in the UK and the competitive programme showcases over 200 new short films and animations form all over the world. The competition is accompanied by workshops and master classes, training courses, talks, special events, parties and guest speaker programmes.

Knowle West Media centre

A community-centred resource, the Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) aims to develop the creative, educational and social potential of people within the surrounding area. It produces high-quality film, design and media work, provides exciting experiences for young people and runs a diverse programme of arts activities. KWMC is committed to social and digital inclusion and works with a wide range of organisations, individuals and artists to produce media content and explore the role of media arts in communities.

The Royal West of England Academy

An established venue for the fine arts, RWA embraces an artistic awareness of the widest nature. The exhibition programme provides a showcase for one man, and mixed exhibitions in a variety of media, which attract large numbers of visitors from across the UK.

Other partner organisations

We work closely with:

We have a number of collaborative and knowledge exchange partnerships with, amongst others:

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