Blast Theory run an annual residency programme at our studios in Portslade, we invite applications once a year and will send a call out for applications each summer.
About the Residency Programme
20 Wellington Road is a renovated Victorian icehouse overlooking Shoreham Harbour. The building provides offices and studios for the company as well studio spaces for artists, scientists and theorists working in related fields. Blast Theory’s goal is to create an interdisciplinary community of international significance.
The Residency Programme is initiated and run by artists. It aims to provide a space for residents to research and develop new work in a supportive and collaborative environment.
Expressions of interest are invited from individuals working in the following fields:
• Pervasive and location based gaming and interactive media
• The use of mobile and portable devices in cultural and artistic practice
• Games design and theory
• Interdisciplinary and live art practice
Applicants should demonstrate achievement in their respective fields and should be able to demonstrate how a residency period at Blast Theory will assist the development of their research and practice.
About the studio and 20 Wellington Road
Residencies are available for a minimum period of 4 weeks and maximum of 12 weeks. The studio is 3.7m long and 3.3m wide. A small bedsit is provided which is suitable for one person or a couple sharing. Residents have use of a communal shower-room, kitchen, outdoor terrace and a bicycle.
20 Wellington Road is located in Portslade, overlooking Shoreham Harbour in Brighton, United Kingdom. It is easily accessible by car, bus and train and has free on-street parking nearby. Gatwick airport is 40 minutes by train. London is 1 hour by train.
Blast Theory support and mentoring
The Residency Programme is aimed at people working in similar fields of research and practice to Blast Theory. We are interested in residents who will engage with the work of Blast Theory at some level but this is not a requirement.
Blast Theory encourages debate and exchange with residents. The company is happy to provide mentoring and advice and to provide insights into the company’s history, practice, research & development activities, working methods and artistic structure. Please note, if you have specific mentoring requests please outline them on the application form as Blast Theory artists are not always available during residency periods.
Residents are able to present work in progress to Blast Theory and invited guests. Showings can be tailored and focused on individual needs. Residents are required to write a report and summary of their residency, which may be published on Blast Theory’s website.
The Residency Programme is managed by Blast Theory who undertakes the upkeep and maintenance of the building. We ask that residents pay a nominal fee of £100 per week to cover these maintenance costs. Blast Theory runs a bursary scheme that may be available to residents to offset the maintenance cost. If you wish to apply for a bursary please outline your reason on the application. We have a limitied abount of bursaries every year and priority will be given to full time artists on low income.