Blast Theory volunteer Julian Hyde with associate artist Becky Edmunds

Volunteer With Us

About volunteering

Alongside our volunteer programme we are able to offer a Paid Internship opportunity in 2019 thanks to the generous support of Our Friends Electric fans, supporters and patrons. We hope to create more Paid Internship opportunities in the future, please join our mailing list to be the first to hear of these opportunities.

Key Information

  • Workplace: Blast Theory, Unit 5, 20 Wellington road, Portslade, Brighton, BN411DN
  • Pay: daily stipend of £20 (full time Monday – Friday, 10am to 6pm)
  • Next call out: December 2019 (for volunteer placements in 2020)

What will you get out of it

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 10 people who work closely with each other to deliver a wide range of projects in a fast paced environment.

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

  • Administration
  • Creative research and development
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Testing and preparing equipment
  • Artwork production and touring
  • Post-production and video editing

More information about these working areas can be found in the application form.

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.

“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 (Volunteer & Intern in 2018)

What are we looking for?

Ambitious volunteers who are eager to expand their skills and learn about working in an artists company. We welcome volunteers from diverse backgrounds, with a variety of interests and at any stage of their career, above the age of 18.

You become a part of the Blast Theory team and it is vital that you are good at both working with others and independently. You need to work hard, take initiative and have a keen eye for detail.

Below is a list of desirable skills and experience that we look for in volunteers. We do not expect you to have experience in every single one of these areas but it is crucial that you have an enthusiasm to learn.

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Previous experience working on art or tech projects
  • Previous experience working with a team
  • Basic computer skills and use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)
  • Basic video production skills and use of Premiere Pro
  • Basic photography skills and use of Photoshop
  • Basic graphic design skills and use of InDesign and Illustrator

Equal Opportunities

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.

How to apply

Our next call out will be in December 2019, for volunteer placements in 2020. Keep an eye out on our social media channels and newsletter for the latest information.

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

If you would like us to keep your CV on file for short-term opportunities, please contact [email protected] or call us on 01273 413455 if you have any questions.