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About the Volunteer Programme

Our volunteer programme is an opportunity for those embarking on a career in the arts to have first-hand experience working with an artists company.

Blast Theory is a small team of 11 people who work closely with each other to deliver a wide range of projects in a fast paced environment.  We run two volunteer programmes for three months each.

Our programmes give volunteers the opportunity to work in some of the following areas:

  • Art production and touring
  • Technical development
  • Filming and editing
  • Archiving
  • Creative development
  • Technical and user testing – including preparing equipment and feedback
  • Administration
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Event installation and management

Mentoring and Professional Development

Our Production and Volunteer Coordinator Sarah, manages volunteers and as we are a small team you may have the chance to work closely with other members of staff or the artists, Ju, Matt and Nick.

Blast Theory staff and artists offer experiences tailored to each individuals’ needs – this may include mentoring sessions, providing advice and support with career direction and professional development, close up experiences of working in a professional arts company, learning about editing and video production or talking through one of your own projects, to name but a few.

What Are We Looking For?

We are looking for ambitious volunteers who are eager to expand their skillset and learn about working in the creative industry in a variety of roles. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, with a variety of interests and at any stage of their career.

During your time with us, you will be given a clear focus to support the development and delivery of a diverse range of projects. You become a part of the Blast Theory team and it is vital that you are good at both working with others and independently.

We appreciate adaptable volunteers who work hard, take initiative and have a keen eye for detail.

Desirable Skills:

  • Video production skills
  • Photography skills
  • Use of Adobe Creative suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premiere Pro)
  • Use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)

Volunteer Programme Dates

Our volunteer programmes are full-time but we are open to discussing part-time or flexible placements.

2019 programme dates:

1. Monday 5th March  – Friday 1st June 2019*

2. Monday 4th June  –  Friday 31st August 2019*

*Dates are subject to change

Volunteers are able to claim a daily stipend of £20 to support travel costs and general expenses.

Application Details

Please complete your online application form

This application form consists of an Application Form, Equal Opportunities Form and a Monitoring and Disclosure Form.

Extended deadline for applications: 1st February 2019, 5pm.

Interviews: 13th February 2019.

Applicants must be aged 18 + and have the right to work in UK.

Equal Opportunities

Blast Theory is committed to a policy of equal opportunities. We actively seek volunteers that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and so encourage applications from those with less visibility in the sector.

We welcome applications from people who identify themselves as having a disability. While we recognise that there may be some restrictions that apply to specific disabilities, Blast Theory will adopt as flexible an approach as possible and seek to make reasonable adaptations to accommodate your needs. Please use the Reference and Disclosure Form to be as specific as possible with your needs so we can make your interview / time with us as comfortable as possible.

Applicants are welcome to apply in a format that serves them best, such as audio tape or video.

If you prefer to apply via a video or audio application, or have any questions about the application process, please contact [email protected] for more details.


For more background on the types of projects and work you’ll be involved with as a Blast Theory volunteer, visit the Volunteer With Us page.