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Blast Theory Residency Programme

Date uploaded: December 9, 2014

Blast Theory is currently inviting applications for the 20 Wellington Road Residency Programme for 2015. This unique Residency Programme is initiated and run by the artists in Blast Theory. It aims to provide a space for residents to research and develop new work in a supportive and collaborative environment for between one to three months.

Blast Theory encourages debate and exchange with residents throughout the residency and can offer the following to meet the needs of each resident:

  • Weekly mentoring with a Blast Theory artist
  • Professional advice and networking
  • Insights into the company’s history, practice, research & development activities, working methods, business structure and artistic structure
  • A presentation of the residents’ work in progress or practice to Blast Theory and invited guests
  • Access to equipment and resources
  • Public showings

All support including showings can be tailored and focused on individual needs and in the past this has included running game tests, works in progress, talks and installations. B;ast Theory strive to have a significant impact on the practice of each resident and to provide a warm, welcoming and creative environment.

Residents are required to write a short report and summary of their residency, which may be published on Blast Theory’s website. Successful applicants are invited to blog during their residency which will be shared through Blast Theory’s social networks.

About the studio and 20 Wellington Road
20 Wellington Road is a renovated Victorian icehouse in Portslade, overlooking Shoreham Harbour in Brighton, United Kingdom. The building provides studios and offices 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 studio space is 3.3m x 3.7m opening onto the communal yard, a small bedsit is also provided which is suitable for one person or a couple, with a window opening onto an internal corridor. Residents have use of a communal shower-room, kitchen, outdoor terraces and a bicycle.

The building is easily accessible by bus and train to London and has free on street parking nearby. Gatwick airport is 40 minutes by train, London is 70 minutes. The building is wheelchair accessible during office hours.
Criteria for Applying

The Residency Programme is aimed at everyone working in similar fields of research and practice to Blast Theory.

Applicants should have an established background 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.

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
  • Narrative design and all forms of digital story telling
  • Video streaming as artistic practice
  • Interdisciplinary and live art practice
  • Experimental and immersive theatre, live art and performance

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 running costs. We run a bursary scheme based on financial need. If you wish to apply for a bursary please outline your circumstances in your application. Priority will be given to full time artists on low incomes, as there are a limited number of bursaries available per year.
Deadline for Applications

Residencies will begin in March 2015 and the deadline for applications and supporting material is 12th January 2015, Blast Theory will aim to notify applicants by the end of January 2015.

Click here for more infomation or a link to download the application form.