About the Volunteer Programme
Our volunteer and intern programmes are opportunities 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.
Our programmes give volunteers and interns the opportunity to work in some of the following areas:
- Art production and touring
- Technical development
- Filming and editing
- Creative development
- Technical and user testing – including preparing equipment and feedback
- Marketing and publicity
- Event installation and management
The working hours are Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm, working at our studio in Portslade, Brighton. During busy touring periods travel nationally and internationally may be required but further expenses will be covered.
Mentoring and Professional Development
Our Production and Volunteer Coordinator Sarah, manages volunteers and interns 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 and interns who are eager to expand their skillset and learn about working in the creative industry in a variety of roles. We welcome volunteers and interns 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 and interns who work hard, take initiative and have a keen eye for detail.
- Video production skills
- Photography skills
- Use of Adobe Creative suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premiere Pro)
- Use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)
Our volunteer programmes are full-time but we are open to discussing part-time or flexible placements.
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.
To apply, please complete your online application form
You will be asked to complete the Application Form, Equal Opportunities Form and a Monitoring and Disclosure Form.
Deadline for applications: 25th January 2019, 5pm
Interviews: 13th February 2019
Applicants must be aged 18 + and have the right to work in UK.
Blast Theory are 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.
Read testimonials from some of our previous volunteers:
Two weeks after the action-packed full-on film set experience volunteering as a runner for Bloodyminded, I finally joined the Blast Theory team in the office as a paid intern (something I’ve been looking forward to since this Summer). Coming to 20 Wellington Road to work has been as iconic, joyous and inspiring as I hoped. You easily notice Blast Theory’s long standing experience with volunteer development programmes; every day I felt unconditional support, reassuring encouragement, and willingness to accommodate my needs and talents in the best possible way. There has been a lot of educational/ instructional blocks and unique opportunities for learning, and even simply spending time surrounded by Blast Theory’s beautiful team, associate artists, and rich archive of work taught me new experiences and ideas.
– Violeta Marchenkova
My time at Blast Theory was a brilliant education, and, after being given a huge range of real responsibility and respect, I felt truly valued as a volunteer.
– Harvey Herman
The most enjoyable experience was the film shoot for the project Counterproductive. With actors, spy cameras, bolt cutters and unwitting members of the public, it may have been the most exciting working week I have ever had…My work as a volunteer was greatly varied and gave me a good idea of where my skills lie. Artist Ju Row Farr gave me some valuable mentoring in my professional development.
– Oscar Maydon
They really took the time to find out what skills I wanted to gain from the internship, and set up one to one meetings with everyone in the team to help with career advice.
– Hannah Williams-Walton
I was set to work testing the logic of performance pieces, scouting routes, overseeing the everyday running of A Machine To See With for the Brighton Digital Festival (which included chatting to a police officer about suspicious car park behaviour), marketing, archiving, sourcing materials, general administrative duties, sitting in and occasional chiming in on creative meetings such as Ghostwriter and the Red Cross commission, meeting other artists, visiting associate companies, getting my hands on video editing, a photo shoot at Exeter, and rummaging through their various books and video materials. Every task I completed while volunteering has informed my future work.
– Sandra Carluccio