News/August 2022
Blast Theory, Aarhus 2017.
O Space at Aarhus Harbour and Aarhus Cyklebane.
Photo: Asbjørn Sand

The opportunity:

We’re offering three young artists/creatives the opportunity to be mentored by the Blast Theory artists. The positions are available for people aged 16 to 25 living in the Brighton and Portslade area.

Mentoring can take the form of a one-off conversation or a few sessions (up to 3 approximately), to follow the development of an idea or stage of working that you need some help with.

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The deadline to apply is 5pm on Monday 26th September 2022

Mentoring will take place between October and December 2022 at the Blast Theory Studios (Unit 5, 20 Wellington Road, Brighton, Portslade, BN41 1DN).

My time at Blast Theory was really beneficial to my creative development. I had the chance to be around like-minded individuals, which helped to change the way I look at personal creative projects. – Former Blast Theory Mentee

About Blast Theory:

Blast Theory make interactive art to explore social and political questions. The group’s work places the public at the centre of unusual and sometimes unsettling experiences, to create new perspectives and open up the possibility of change.

Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj, the group draw on popular culture and new technologies to make performances, games, films, apps and installations.

Blast Theory have shown work at the Venice Biennale, Tribeca Film Festival, ICC in Tokyo, Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, the Barbican and Tate Britain. Commissioners include Channel 4, Sundance Film Festival and the Royal Opera House.

Take a look Our Work to see the range of past works we have made.

Ju Row Farr, Blast Theory Artist and Mentor:

I am one of the founding members and one of the three artists in Blast Theory. I am passionate about helping other people find their way in making and experiencing art, so as a mentor I can offer one-off advice about ideas and what next, or a more detailed set of mentoring that follows a project or a plan. Each session will be an hour in length and can be arranged to suit your needs, but I think regular times work best.

Over the years I have mentored scores of people – my approach is down to earth, practical and tailored to an individuals’ needs. I am offering mentoring to young people who have a variety of arts practices and to people who would like to get into the arts but don’t know if it’s right and where to start. You might be at school doing art, at university about to finish a degree in performance, or be into making computer games. You might be interested in running a creative company or you want to know how to develop your skills. Or you may have an idea you want to run past someone with lots of experience.

Equal Opportunities:

We encourage applications from people who are less represented in our sector: particularly people of colour, those with disabilities (including ‘invisible’ disabilities such as dyslexia or autism), and people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. We will do our best to accommodate any access needs.

How to apply

Please fill in the application survey, which can be found here.

You will be asked to complete the following:

Part 1 – Online – About You

Answer a few simple questions including your name, email address and phone number in the online form.

Upload a recent copy of your CV. This should be 2 pages max.

Please answer all questions as fully as you can.

Part 2 – Online, Video or Audio

Please answer the following questions in written form or in a video or audio recording. If making an application by phone suits you better, please contact [email protected].

  1. Why do you want mentoring?
  2. Please describe your work
  3. Why would you benefit from mentoring with a Blast Theory artist?
  4. What type of mentoring would you like? A one off mentoring session or up to 3 sessions.

Applying with a video or audio file

You can record the video or audio on your phone: we are not expecting snazzy production values. Your video or audio file can be up to 5 minutes long. Start your application by filling in the online survey about you and submit your video or audio file after.

Part 3 – Online

At the end of the survey, you will be instructed to complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form. Once this form opens in a new window, please come back to this window and click ‘Done’ below.

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