The Old Waterworks (TOW) is a project space and artists’ studios based in a former pumping station in Southend-on-Sea. TOW’s focus is to provide access to the arts as well as practice development for early career artists or artists who are at a critical point in their practice. Research, process and experimentation are at the forefront.

TOW is home to twelve studios occupied by local artists. We have a research library which houses the Grrrl Zine Library and hosts the Agency of Visible Women’s weekly meetings, and a risograph printer where we provide a service for small-run DIY publications, workshops and low cost printing. On Wednesday evenings in our screening room the White Bus Cinema hosts archive film screenings on their 16mm and 35mm projectors.