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Blick's Social Impact

Over our 4 sites we supported 70 small creative businesses to grow. Over 90 businesses benefited from our virtual business services.

Blick encouraged networking and collaboration, with 63% of our resident businesses getting opportunities for collaboration and 56% saying it had helped them broaden their network.

56% of our resident creative businesses sales were export-based sales to outside NI. Blick helped support and create jobs in the creative industries – total jobs created by responding companies increased by 60%.

We supported 8 graduate creative entrepreneurs with free workspace & support through our graduate residency programme. Blick supported approx. 1059 creatives at FREE creative industry networking and business events.

Approximately 650 members of the public viewed our exhibitions or visited 25 Pop Up which gave more than 40 local designers the opportunity to promote and showcase their products.

We started two new online weekly initiatives – #opportunitymondays & #eventswednesdays to highlight some of the best local opportunities and events for the creative sector.

We also started the Womenfolk project to highlight female design entrepreneurs.

From a member of our Womenfolk community: “I really love Womenfolk and its been a really great resource/encouragement for me in being a one woman band.”

2017

Over our 4 sites at Blick Malone, 46 & 52 Hill Street and Eighty81 Creative Workspace in Derry-Londonderry, we supported 70 small creative businesses to grow. Over 70 businesses benefited from our virtual business services.

Blick provided a supportive, inspiring and encouraging environment for creative entrepreneurs, with 82% of our resident businesses saying we helped them feel inspired, supported and encouraged.

Blick also encouraged networking and collaboration, with 70% of our resident businesses getting opportunities for collaboration. 60% of the businesses based at Blick for over 6 months had increased their turnover by up to 200%.

We supported 2 graduate creative entrepreneurs with free workspace & support through our graduate residency programme. We supported 8 creative start ups through our NEST Creative Incubation Programme in Derry-Londonderry.

Blick supported approx. 989 creatives at FREE creative industry networking and business events.

Approximately 1200 members of the public viewed our exhibitions or visited 25 Pop Up which gave more than 30 local designers the opportunity to promote and showcase their products.

From one of our residents: “I have had a lot of work from the creative industries that I believe has been generated not only by my work and reputation but also people’s knowledge of Blick and the ethos around it…”

2016

Over our 2 sites at Blick Malone and Hill Street, we supported 31 small creative businesses to grow their businesses.

80% of our resident creative businesses believed their businesses wouldn’t be as successful if they weren’t based at Blick.

90% of businesses based in Blick who had previously been trading saw an increase in their turnover since being based in Blick, with 70% seeing an increase of 30% or more, including increases of 50%, 100% and 150%.

Blick resident businesses were either new businesses, moving from home or new to Belfast, 60% moving from a home based business, 27% were brand new businesses that only started trading upon moving into Blick and the remainder were new to the city, moving from various locations abroad.

Blick encouraged young people to start creative businesses, the majority of our residents in 2015 ( 67%) were below the age of 34.

Blick supported approx. 350 creatives at FREE creative industry networking and business events.

Feedback from our networking event attendees included enjoying: “Meeting like-minded people. Hearing success stories and the same type of ‘hesitant’ stories. Realising everyone gets going the same way.”

2015

Our Locations

Malone Road, Belfast

Hill Street, Belfast

Cotton Court, Belfast

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    Here at Blick we aim to support and promote local creatives in Northern Ireland. 

A number of our fantastic residents are crafting, painting and illustrating artwork that would make a perfect christmas gift for your loved ones! 🎁

@roryquiggillustration
- bespoke illustrations 

@dannisimpsonart
- Northern Irish themed illustrated prints, homeware, clothing 

@autumn.aurelia
- whimsical acrylic jewellery

@wee.nuls
- homeware, accessories, illustrated prints 

@nineteenthirtyatelier
- bespoke men’s shirts and unique accessories

@gallery545online
- contemporary art 

Read more on the blog 👉 link in bio!
    Meet Ray Walsh, our newest resident in 46 Hill Street!

Ray is a Graphic Designer working remotely for a design studio based in Birmingham. He shared some brilliant advice for creatives working remotely in our interview on the blog - link in bio!

Check out his passion projects on his Instagram @ray_walsh.jpg

#meettheresident #newresident #blicksharedstudios #hillstreetbelfast #studiolife #sharedspace #coworkingspace
    If you're heading to Belfasts Christmas Market, stop by our resident @dannisimpsonart's amazing stall and #supportlocalartists! 

#blicksharedstudios #belfastchristmasmarket #christmas #spendlocalbelfast #illustrator #artist
    Some brilliant new street art on Hill street in the Cathedral Quarter. 

If you know the creator please feel free to tag them!

#supportlocalartists #belfastcreatives #belfastcreatives #belfastcathedralquarter #blickstudios #streetart #mural #northernireland
    Even with the days shortening, we still get to enjoy the sunset reflections here in the Cathedral Quarter!

#belfast #reflections #cathedralquarter #sunset #blicksharedstudios #sharedspace #studio #belfastcreatives
    Did you know our Hill Street studios has a mezzanine level, letting in plenty of natural light for our residents and extra workspace. On the ground floor we have a lovely lounge, kitchen, WCs and more deskspaces.

Hill Street is a beautiful narrow cobbled street that was first dipected on a Belfast map in 1757. It was originally named Pott-House Lane as it housed a pottery shop, meaning Hill Street has always been home to creatives!

#blicksharedstudios #hillstreetbelfast #studiospace #belfastcreatives #belfasthistory #naturallight #workspace #coworkingspace #sharedspace
    Autumn has arrived in the Cathedral Quarter ☀️

#blicksharedstudios #autumnlight #autumn #autumncolours #greenspaces #buoyparkbelfast #lunchtimewalks #coworkingspace #studiospace #belfastcreatives #belfast
    BELFAST DESIGN WEEK. 

BDW21 theme this year has just been revealed and is "What's on my block?" centering around design and entrepreneurship✨

Sadly we aren't helping to organise the event this year, but our fabulous resident Karishma Kusurkar @karishmasworld is!

Check out the @belfastdesignwk week programme for The Sustainabitilty Series, Meet and Greet events, guest speakers and much more to be revealed. Link in their bio!

BDW is running from 1-7 November and beyond. Get your tickets now!

#belfastdesignweek #blicksharedstudios #design #designentrepreneur #belfastcreatives #celebratedesign #localdesign #spendlocal #spendlocalbelfast #belfast
    Happy Friday when you get to play with plants as part of your job
    Cobbles, sunlight and flowers ☀️🌸

#hillstreetbelfast #blicksharedstudios #belfastcathedralquarter #cobbledstreets #sunlight #flowers #autumnlight #belfast #studiospace #belfastcreatives
    Gorgeous morning light streaming into Cotton Court. Happy Monday!

#blicksharedstudios #morninglight #sunnyday #mondaymotivation #belfastcathedralquarter #belfastcreatives #coworkingspace #cottoncourt
    A warm welcome to our newest resident Lyndsay Walker ✨

Lyndsay is a freelance presentation designer working in the pharmaceutical industry who loves the challenge, flexibility and freedom of being her own creative director and has been self employed for almost 20 years in various creative industries. 

We are delighted to welcome her into our Cotton Court Studios.

Read more about Lyndsays business and what inspires her on our blog - link in bio!

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    What a beautiful sunny September evening ☀️ hope everyone is out making the most of it before the winter
    The perfect spot for lunch in the Cathedral Quarter surrounded by lots of lovely colours 🌿🌸🌼

#buoyparkbelfast #blicksharedstudios #belfastcathedralquarter #belfastcreatives #greenspaces #lunchtimewalks
    Our beautiful main room is now available for hire! 😍

This evening its being used by the wonderful @lp.physio.pilates who is adding a splash of colour. 

Get in touch at christine@blickstudios.org for more information

#blicksharedstudios #roomhire #belfast #maloneroadbelfast #pilates
    Calm corners in our Malone studios
    To celebrate Good Relations Week 2021 ‘Brighter Days Ahead’ for Young People, our resident  @creatingaspace have teamed up with @allnationsbelfast to create a project called "How They See Us'.

'How They See Us' is a project that investigates how people from different backgrounds navigate their lives.

The project explores how people think society sees them as an individual, and what labels and stereotypes have been placed upon them based on how they look, their race, their ethnicity or where they are "from".

In this season, we have interviewed 5 amazing individuals from different cultural backgrounds, who shared their experiences of what it is like being a person of colour in NI and what their experiences have been like growing up here.

We talked about the struggles of navigating identity, representation, grief, belonging, race, discrimination and self-love & acceptance.

For this event, we will be having a panel discussion with some of the people that took part in the project.
We will be asking them about
- How they felt about sharing their story
- What they have learned about themselves throughout this project
- How they see their future

Stay tuned for the release of the full project!

Grab your ticket via @creatingaspace's link in bio!

This project is funded by Community Relations Council.
    ✨Post services✨

Are you seeking a professional image for your business but are currently working from home? Blick's virtual post service offers a confident and professional city centre address from either our Hill Street or Malone Road studios.

Interested? Get in touch 👉 info@blickstudios.org

#virtualservices #post #belfastcitycentre #lovebelfast #blicksharedstudios #belfastcreatives
    Introducing our newest resident Eoin O'Shea! 

Eoin is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and runs his business PIM smart.

Take a minute to read the interview on our blog with Eoin and find out more about how he stays inspired, the current projects he is working on and his advice on starting your own creative business. It's a really inspirational read!

Link in bio 🔗

#blicksharedstudios #meettheresident #coworkingspace #belfastcreatives #belfastcathedralquarter
#hillstreetbelfast
    We are delighted to welcome Tom Mathews to our Cotton Court studios!

Tom is a digital artist and animator with a focus on video games and interactive software. He is currently working with Level 91 Entertainment who are based in Northern Ireland.

Find out more about his creative work on our blog where chatted about his inspirations, software and advice he would give to anyone starting their own creative business. 

Link in bio!

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#belfastcathedralquarter #cottoncourt #waringstreet #studio #coworkingspace #belfastcreatives #gamedesign #animation #meettheartist #meettheresident
    Did you know that the Merchant Hotel is opposite our Cotton Court Studios?

This distinctive building was originally the headquarters of Ulster Bank and was transformed into the 5 star hotel in 2006. It's so nice to have it on our doorstep! 

#belfastcathedralquarter #cottoncourt #waringstreet #lovebelfast #belfasthistory #merchanthotelbelfast #blicksharedstudios #coworkingspace #studio #doorstepviews