We run an annual residency programme at our studios. We invite applications once a year and send a call out for applications towards the end of the year. Residencies will be scheduled during January of the following year. Join our mailing list or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to make sure you don’t miss the alert.
About the Residency Programme
This unique Residency Programme is initiated and run by the artists in Blast Theory. It aims to provide a space and uninterrupted time for residents to research and develop new work in a supportive environment for between one to three months. We give priority to artists looking for a longer residency period as we feel these are the most beneficial and allow the time and space for meaningful development of ideas.
Residency support and mentoring
Blast Theory encourages debate and exchange with residents throughout the residency. We can offer the following and take our lead from the needs of each resident:
- Weekly mentoring with a Blast Theory artist
- Professional advice and networking
- Insights into the company’s history, practice, research & development activities, working methods, business structure and artistic structure – through inclusion in creative and business meetings as and when appropriate.
- A presentation of the residents’ work in progress or practice to Blast Theory and invited guests
- Access to equipment and resources
- Public showings
All support including 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. We strive to have a significant impact on the practice of each resident and to provide a warm, welcoming and creative environment.
Residents are required to write a short summary of their residency, which may be published on Blast Theory’s website. You are invited to blog during your residency which will be shared through Blast Theory’s social networks. And with your blessing we make a short video of your stay.
About the studio and 20 Wellington Road
20 Wellington Road is a renovated Victorian icehouse in Portslade, overlooking Shoreham Harbour in Brighton, United Kingdom. The building provides studios and offices for the company as well studio spaces for artists, scientists and theorists working in related fields. Blast Theory’s goal is to create an interdisciplinary community of international significance.
The studio space is 3.1m x 4.6m with a large south facing window opening onto the wharf, a small bedsit is also provided which is suitable for one person or a couple, with a window opening onto an internal corridor. Residents have use of the communal project room to try out larger work, the communal shower-room, the kitchen, outdoor terraces and a bicycle.
The building is easily accessible by bus and train to London and has free on street parking nearby. Gatwick airport is 40 minutes by train, London is 70 minutes. The building is wheelchair accessible during office hours.
Criteria for Applying
The Residency Programme is aimed at everyone working in similar fields of research and practice to Blast Theory.
Applicants should have an established background in their respective fields and should be able to demonstrate how a residency period at Blast Theory will assist the development of their research and practice.
We are interested in residents who are engaged with the work of Blast Theory – either at an informal level or more formally as a research residency
Expressions of interest are invited from individuals working in the following fields:
- Pervasive and location based gaming and interactive media
- The use of mobile and portable devices in cultural and artistic practice
- Games design and theory
Narrative design and all forms of digital story telling
- Video streaming as artistic practice
- Interdisciplinary and live art practice
- Experimental and immersive theatre, live art and performance
We aim to support emerging artists and artists based locally where possible.
The Residency Programme is managed by Blast Theory who undertakes the upkeep and maintenance of the building. We ask that residents pay a nominal fee of £100 per week to cover these running costs. We run a bursary scheme based on financial need. If you wish to apply for a bursary please outline your circumstances in your application. Priority will be given to full time artists on low incomes, as there are a limited number of bursaries available per year.