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Apply for a Residency

We run an annual residency programme at our studios. We invite applications once a year and send a call out for applications each summer with a deadline of 31st August. Residencies for each calendar year are offered by September of the previous year. or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to make sure you don’t miss the alert.

About the Residency Programme

Residencies are an opportunity to be based in our building working on your own projects. To learn more about our studio click here. The Residency Programme is initiated and run by the artists. It aims to provide a space for residents to research and develop new work in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Criteria

We invite expressions of interest from artists, researchers, designers working in disciplines such as theatre, live art, dance, visual art, installation, games design and mobile development. We are especially interested in applicants who are working in:

  • Pervasive and location based gaming and interactive media
  • The use of mobile and portable devices in cultural and artistic practice
  • Games design and theory
  • Interdisciplinary and live art practice

You should demonstrate achievement in your field and explain how a residency period at Blast Theory will assist the development of your research and practice.

About the studio and 20 Wellington Road

Residencies are available for a minimum period of 4 weeks and maximum of 12 weeks. The studio is 3.7m long and 3.3m wide. A small bedsit is provided which is suitable for one person or a couple sharing. Residents have use of a communal shower-room, kitchen, outdoor terrace and a bicycle. 20 Wellington Road is located in Brighton, overlooking Shoreham Harbour. It is easily accessible by car, bus and train and has free on-street parking nearby. Gatwick airport is 40 minutes by train. London is 1 hour by train.

Blast Theory support and mentoring

Each resident is allocated one of the artists as a mentor. For this reason, we give priority to residents who can benefit from engagement with the artists. If you wish to study Blast Theory’s work as part of your residency we can accommodate that. We relish debate and exchange with residents and are happy to provide mentoring and advice and to provide insights into the company’s history, practice, research & development activities, working methods and artistic structure.

Outcomes

Residents are able to present work in progress to Blast Theory and invited guests. Showings can be tailored and focused on individual needs and in the past this has included running game tests, works in progress, talks and installations. Residents are required to write a report and summary of their residency, which may be published on Blast Theory’s website.

Cost

The Residency Programme receives no direct funding and we ask that residents pay a nominal fee of £100 per week to cover maintenance costs. We offer a bursary scheme to those who need financial support. If you wish to apply for a bursary please outline your reason on the application. We have a limited amount of bursaries every year and we give priority to full time artists on low incomes.