Blast Theory turns 30

By Matt Adams
Gunmen Kill Three

So, Blast Theory is 30 years old.

Rider Spoke returns to Adelaide in 2022

After 13 years, Rider Spoke is returning to Australia.

Update: Residency Programme

20 Wellington Road studios

Because of all that has been happening in the world in the last two years, we will not be doing a call-out for our Residency Programme this December.

Creative Fortnight: Week Two

By Ju Row Farr

We looked at quite a lot last week – still focusing on Cat Royale but also, more generally, what we enjoy or not creatively, and the platforms and spaces we may want to work in in the future.

Creative Fortnight: Week One

By Ju Row Farr


The creative fortnight is something we three artists try to do at least every year.

Introducing Cat Royale

By Matt Adams
Collage mock-up of Cat Royale. The college features a pink velour cushion and a robot arm. A small cat is playing tug of war with a wand toy attached to the robot arm.

We rarely share the challenges as a project gets made.

Gift heads to COP26

Close up of a child wearing glasses and large headphones, holding a mobile phone. The light from the screen glows on their face.

As part of COP26 – the UN Climate Change conference in Glasgow – UKRI will feature Gift as an example of interdisciplinary innovation.

Apply now: Junior React Developer

Promotional image for Desert Rain (1999). A white woman standing in a big parka coat. Behind them is a projector featuring a image of a desert. CGI numbers overlay the image.

We’re looking for two talented freelance Junior React Developers to work with our artists, coders and designers. As Junior React Developer, you will work with the Blast Theory artists to implement design ideas as React interfaces. Working alongside Blast Theory’s Software Lead, you will specify, build and deploy a prototype React application.

Want the chance to win a £100 gift voucher of your choice?

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We’re keen to get to know our fans and followers better, and improve how we communicate with you.

Can autonomous systems be trusted?

Blast Theory artist Nick, wearing a mask, hat, shirt and trousers, stands cross-armed next to a human-sized white robot with human facial features, arms and a circular body.

Blast Theory will take a leading role in the Creative Programme of the Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub (TAS). We are the ambassadorial lead partner, helping to curate the programme and delivering a flagship new work to launch it.

How we’re doing: Equality Action Plan update

A person dressed in camouflage, kneels on the floor holding their phone up in front of their face. A sound and camera crew stand over them with their equipment in view. In front of the camouflaged person is a wooden cross stuck in the ground.


In July 2020 we reviewed our work on racism and inequality and published an updated version of our Equality Action Plan.

Apply now: two new Kickstart placements

Volunteer Oscar. Displaying activity that Kickstart Placements will do.

Ever wanted to work on a film shoot? Test a mobile game? Or work with artists? We’ve been offering a series of Kickstart placements this year for 18-24-year-olds to start a career in the arts.

Pot Luck Returns

Artist Ju is wearing a camouflage jacket with a black and white abstract top underneath. She is holding a plant pot on top of her head and is staring off into the distance.

Pot Luck is Blast Theory’s social event for local makers and creative people to meet and make something with other like-minded folk. 

Join us in the flesh at the studios, 6-8pm on Tuesday 24th August.

Rider Spoke returns for autumn 2021 tour

Photo: Alex Kershaw

Photo: Alex Kershaw

Rider Spoke continues to tour the UK and beyond in 2021/22.

Software testing and accessibility: a resource by Blast Theory

A white person in an electric wheelchair wearing a black face mask, black top and grey beanie hat looks down at a smartphone mounted on their chair, with their right hand holding headphones to one ear.



Last year, we decided to redevelop Rider Spoke from scratch (the first version was made before smartphones existed).

New collaboration with Manchester Street Poem

Seven Manchester Street Poem members are sitting in a large industrial space, looking at artist Nick Tandavanitj and Associate Artist Niki Woods. Artists Ju Row Farr and Matt Adams are visible on a large screen.

We’re super excited to announce that we’re working with the epic folks at Manchester Street Poem.

Free studio space at our studios in Portslade this summer

Evening view from the terrace at 20 Wellington Road

We have studio space available for local artists and practitioners for a four week period between 19th July and 14th August.

Matt joins IN SITU as an Associate Artist

We’re excited to announce that artist Matt Adams has been selected as an Associate Artist for IN SITU, the pan-European network for public art.

Try a nerve-shredding online tour

We’re delighted that our new version of A Cluster of 17 Cases is now online as part of the Contagion exhibition at Science Gallery Bengaluru in India.

New short films

Image L-R: Behind the scenes on Bloodyminded; Roy Sellstrom; Steve Cottam

On Thursday 22nd April, Blast Theory premiered three new short films that explore the effects of violence in army life, as told by veterans in their own words.

Book now for Rider Spoke in Spring/Summer 2021

Photo: Alex Kershaw

Photo: Alex Kershaw

We’re excited to announce that Rider Spoke will be shown at a number of amazing places over the coming spring and summer months.

2097: We Made Ourselves Over featured in exhibition The Force of Fantasy

2097 film still

The Force of Fantasy – a new exhibition at SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon Brighton, opened on Friday 19th March.

Captions users – test a new interactive artwork

A woman in her 30s smiling in a cycling helmet standing over her bicycle, which has a digital tablet on the handlebars

We’re looking for people with a hearing impairment that use captions to help test a new interactive artwork.

Work with us

Spit Spreads Death: The Parade

We’re expanding our pool of creative freelancers. You can be at any stage in your career. Get in touch by 6 Jan. Read more on how to apply.

Blast Theory leads Festival UK* 2022 Creative Team

People power: The Thing I’ll Be Doing For The Rest Of My Life, Japan 2013

From a field of 299 applications, Blast Theory’s Creative Team was one of 30 selected for the R&D phase of Festival UK* 2022.

Karen featured in Impact Festival

Karen will be profiled by Impact festival, organised by Théâtre de Liège this month.

Rider Spoke in redevelopment

We’re excitedly preparing for a new version of one of our favourite Blast Theory works.

Take part in accessibility testing

Accessibility Testing Rider Spoke

This year we’re redeveloping one of our most celebrated works and we need your help to test out the new version.

Support for artists: Mentoring and virtual residencies

By Guest Blogger
A still from the performance of Circles Of Fire: The Amphitheatre. Image courtesy of the artist.


Karen's back in the app store

Actress Claire Cage

Interactive storytelling in Karen. Read more.

Virtual Museum: Gift opens in Germany

museum and galleries app Gift

Digital gifting to help those unable to visit public spaces. Read more.

What we’re doing: Equality Action Plan 2020-22

In response to the Black Lives Matter movement we have reviewed our equality action plan, with a commitment for it to always be publicly visible and available for scrutiny and comment.

Artists Talk: ArtScience Museum

Taking a look at the intersection of art, science and technology in our recent work on infectious diseases. Find out more.

Blast Theory takes Gold in AAM Media & Technology Awards

Spit Spreads Death: The Parade

‘Spit Spreads Death: The Parade’ wins first prize for ‘Video, Film, Animation, & Live Media Or Digital Performance’.

Black Lives Matter: Immediate Actions

In response to the Black Lives Matter movement we have reviewed our work on racism and inequality, and agreed upon three immediate actions we will take to try and improve our own practices, and the impact we can have on the experiences of others we interact with. Our goal with these three actions is to be practical, specific and nuanced. Read more.

Opening of Contagious!

A Cluster of 17 Cases

A Cluster of 17 Cases will be part of a new exhibition examining the history of infectious diseases and their effects on people’s lives up to today’s Coronavirus.

Online exclusive: Watch our Spit Spreads Death film

Spit Spreads Death: The Parade

This month the full Spit Spreads Death: Parade film is available to watch online for the first time.

BLOG: Pandemics and Public Health

By Guest Blogger
Pandemics and Public Health

Watch:  WHO expert Dr Mike Ryan is leading the fight against COVID-19

12th March 2020

In the current climate of fear and uncertainty around COVID-19 and the misinformation and fake news which can distort our understanding of the spread of the virus, we wanted to share our work on infectious disease, in the hope that it can offer some insight into past cases of infection; the way public health officials respond and the personal stories at the heart of such tragedies.

Welcome to our first resident artist of 2020

Image courtesy of the artist

Samra Mayanja is a Leeds based artist working in film and performance. 

Don’t be afraid of the label

By Guest Blogger
Artist James Shreeve

Plastic Tiger Factory: James Shreeve

While 2019 felt like a tough year across the globe, one thing that filled us with pure joy was having James Shreeve intern with us for three months.

Gift hits Belgrade for #PlayUK

Gift PlayUK Belgrade

Gift is at the Museum of Applied Art from 23 January – 30 September 2020. Find out more.

Blast Theory at Barcelona's CCCB

Gameplay CCCB Rider Spoke (2007)

‘Rider Spoke’ will be exhibited at Barcelona’s iconic Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona until May 2020 for #GameplayCCCB. Read more.

Watch the parade film

Spit Spreads Death: The Parade

Over four hundred people walked in the parade to honour the thousands who died in the 1918-19 flu pandemic. Now open at Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum.

Explore our work on infectious diseases

A woman with pink hair looks at a model of a hotel room made from metal

17 unsuspecting people checked in to the 9th floor of the Metropole Hotel on the night of 21st February 2003.

Who the hell are Blast Theory?

Kidnap, Debbie on the roof

Click here to find out more about us.