Blast Theory seeks Communications Manager

Closing Date: 2 June 2021

Blast Theory

Location: Portslade, Brighton

Remuneration: £28,000-£30,000


Four people are looking directly at the camera and smiling. They are on the streets of Philadelphia in broad daylight. Behind them, volunteers are wheeling lightboxes as part of Spit Spreads Death: The Parade, a 2019 work by Blast Theory. In the foreground are Matt Adams and Ju Row Farr of Blast Theory with two Philadelphia residents, all wearing white t-shirts reading Spit Spread Death: The Parade

Hi! We’re Blast Theory, an artist group internationally renowned for making interactive art. We work across performance, installation, apps, games and film. We’re seeking a full-time Communications Manager to join our friendly team in Portslade, Brighton.

As Communications Manager you’ll be responsible for all aspects of our communications, audience engagement and audience development. With support from the Business Director and Director, your immediate focus will be on creating a realistic delivery plan for our new strategy to build Blast Theory’s brand and reach new audiences. We’ve also set aside a marketing budget for you to allocate accordingly. And we’re totally up for experimenting: trying new things, analysing the results, and changing our approach if needed.

Why work with Blast Theory?

– International reputation with four BAFTA nominations and many awards including the prestigious Nam June Paik Arts Center Prize
– Close-knit, supportive team of nine – we all have lunch together between 1pm and 2pm, every day, regardless of how busy we are
– Beautiful, spacious studios in a converted Victorian icehouse with a terrace overlooking Shoreham harbour, secure bike storage and shower
– International travel opportunities
– Generous annual leave allowance (20 days’ basic + bank holidays + up to 8 additional days off over Christmas + additional days for long service)
– £200 towards a new bike
– Personal development budget of £300 per year
– Plenty of opportunities to learn and develop your skills
– Distinctive sabbatical policy
– Engaged and talented Board of Trustees including two communications experts to support you

About you

You might be a freelance comms professional looking for more stability. You might have a keen interest in the arts, currently working in the commercial or charity sector and looking for a new challenge. Or you might be coming from an entirely different direction where you can demonstrate your skills in communicating and building a following.

We’ll take into account your talents, interests and personal development objectives to shape the role and help you succeed. So even if you don’t ‘tick all the boxes’, please apply.

How to apply

Please download an application pack with full details of the role, how to apply and what we’re looking for from our website.

The recruitment pack also has details on how we will assess your application, and some tips for what to include in your letter and CV.

Diversity & Inclusion

We have an ongoing, active commitment to Diversity & Inclusion and encourage applications from people of colour, people with disabilities (including ‘invisible’ disabilities or neurodiversity such as autism and dyslexia) and people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds in particular, as these groups remain underrepresented in our sector.

If you have access needs, please email with details so we can:

– Support you to make an application in a format that suits you (video, audio or phone)
– Make reasonable adjustments if we invite you to interview

Key dates

Applications due: 2 June 2021, midday (strict deadline)
Interviews: 9/10 June 2021
Start date: ASAP after appointment