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Creative Roundup – Listening Skills, Ambition to Grow & Social Economy Funding, Storytelling in Business, Protecting Your Creative Energy, Naughton Exhibition, Startup Stories & Belfast International Arts Festival

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Here are some of our favourite things for NI Creatives this week

INSPIRATION

BOOK – YOU’RE NOT LISTENING: WHAT YOU’RE MISSING AND WHY IT MATTERS

This book is all about listening and is fascinating. It has many insights useful for both professional and personal life. Learning to be a better listener will help you to be a better person, as well as a better business person. Most people just want to be heard, that includes when buying products and services. Making a connection with your customer, showing genuine curiosity by asking questions and truly listening to their answers shows you value their needs and opinions and builds trust leading to a positive experience for both buyer and seller.

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FUNDING & SUPPORT

AMBITION TO GROW

Invest NI are looking for 40 of Northern Ireland’s most innovative and ambitious businesses to take part in their new Ambition to Grow competition where you could receive up to £45,000 in funding, and ultimately become part of Invest Northern Ireland’s client portfolio.

They will support you to create great jobs and to sell your innovative products or services outside Northern Ireland.

WEBSITE

 

SOCIAL ECONOMY INCENTIVE FUND PROGRAMME

The Social Economy Incentive Fund is open to online applications from Belfast-based social enterprises and co-operatives. The fund is for new and growing social enterprises that need support at early development, start-up or early growth stages. The application process is competitive. Shortlisted organisations will be invited to pitch on 11 November 2022 to a judging panel comprising local social enterprise stakeholders.

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EVENTS

STORYTELLING IN BUSINESS

How to Engage an Audience and Set Your Idea/Company Apart

A free virtual session with Ireland’s leading authority on business storytelling, Padraig Hyland

Padraig Hyland is Ireland’s leading authority on ‘Storytelling for Business’. He is CEO of The Core Story and a specialist in business strategy and audience engagement. A highly sought after speaker, Padraig has been invited to address business audiences in Europe, Australia, Africa and the Americas. A renowned thought leader in his field, Padraig has designed a framework, The Core Story Process™, to create authentic strategy stories that will engage and excite audiences. It has been applied successfully with many global brands, such as Heineken, DHL and the RDS, as well as pre-start and early-stage ventures across Ireland.

Regardless of whether you are pre-start, early stage or in the growth phase of your business/idea, your future success will be heavily influenced by your ability to engage people (customers, prospects, investors, partners) with the story of your business. This requires you to have clarity about what your business is about, why it is exciting and have the ability to communicate it in an engaging way. By attending this event delegates will learn:

• Why stories work in business

• How to craft a business story

• How to connect with an audience

• The fundamentals of an effective pitch

DATE: Tuesday 4th October

TIME: 12.45 – 1.45PM

LOCATION: Online

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PROTECTING YOUR CREATIVE ENERGY

Join Craft-based Designer Kitiya Palaskas in her Melbourne studio, for an insightful session on how to maintain creative energy and inspiration. Learn some tips on how to protect your creative wellbeing, set boundaries, achieve that elusive work/life balance, overcome creative block, avoid burnout and create a fertile space from which to produce your best work.

DATE: Thursday October 6th 2022

TIME: 10:00PM GMT+1

LOCATION: Online

WEBSITE

 

NGXX: TWENTY YEARS OF THE NAUGHTON GALLERY

To mark its twentieth anniversary, the Naughton Gallery presents NGXX, a large-scale group exhibition celebrating contemporary art today. Featuring a range of local and international artists, NGXX spans a broad variety of processes and practices. Painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, illustration, tattoos, and textiles are all represented, with none of the artists having exhibited their work at the gallery previously. Rather than looking to the past, this significant milestone in the Naughton Gallery’s history is commemorated through a visionary, panoramic survey of a truly exciting roster of artists at various points in their careers, from established names to emerging talents.

DATES: October 2022 – 29th January 2023

LOCATION: Naughton Gallery, Queens University Belfast

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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY STARTUP STORIES: INFORMED MINDS & MOODY ACTIVEWEAR

Raise is delighted to be joined by Sinead Welsh and Louise McCann on the week of World Mental Health Day.

Their speakers Sinead and Louise are coming together to share their Startup Stories as female founders making an impact on mental health. In an open and honest discussion, they will explore the motivations behind why they do what they do, the challenges faced on their journeys and what they wish they knew starting out.

Sinead is the founder of the Informed Minds App, an evidence-based holistic digital health solution that offers accessible hope, resilience and support 24/7. Sinead, a Social Work Specialist, was driven to create a supportive resource for young people to inspire safe conversations around mental health, break down stigmas and create lasting hope.

Louise founded Moody Activewear in 2018 in Melbourne Australia, a brand with the ethos of giving back at its heart. Moody is the only activewear brand in the world that donates 100% of its profits to charity and in Northern Ireland supports GLOW – Giving Life Opportunities to Women.

DATE: Wednesday 12th October 2022

TIME: 15:00 BST

LOCATION: RAISE Ventures 3-5 Commercial Court Belfast BT1 2NB

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BELFAST INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

Established in 1962, the city’s longest-running international arts festival, reimagined and reborn as Belfast International Arts Festival (BIAF) in 2015, is celebrating 60 years with a new extended season of contemporary arts and cultural events.

For six decades the festival has ensured that the residents of Belfast alongside its international visitors have access to the best of world class artists and events from home and abroad.

DATES: 5th October – 6th November 2022

LOCATION: Various

WEBSITE

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This week in the final month of the year, as the year draws to a close we are thinking about what we want to get done before the end of the year. Having a look at what tasks we have been avoiding so we can get them done and out of the way and start 2023 without anything hanging over our heads. Is there anything you have been avoiding in your business that you know you would feel better if you just got it done?

#creativestartup #creativebusinessowners #creatives #smallbusiness #smallbusinessbelfast #smallbusinessowner #businesssupport
January seems the return of our kids animation workshops in partnership with Can Do Academy 

These mini animation master classes by Can Do Academy are a great introduction for children to the colourful world of Lego animation!

The workshop will allow participants to make a complete animated Lego film on an iPad, using sound effects, visual effects, titles and lots of imagination!

Your child will learn to use special iPad apps and they will receive a copy of their film at the end of the session! They can bring their own Lego characters or use the ones supplied by us.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Saturday 14th January 2023

Time: 10am – 12pm

Venue: Blick Shared Studios, 51 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6RY

Age: Children 7 – 14 years

Cost: £20 + booking fee

Book through our website link in profile
It’s that time of the year again, this week in our Creative Roundup we are highlighting some local festive markets and workshops, all ways you can support local creatives this Christmas. We have also listed some other opportunities and events that might be of interest to NI Creatives.

CHRISTMAS WORKSHOPS & MARKETS

CREATIVES COLLECTIVES MARKET
DATE: Sat 19th Nov
TIME: 11am - 4pm
LOCATION: The MAC Belfast

ASTRAL FIBRES POPUP
DATE: Sun 20th Nov
LOCATION: Bullitt Hotel, Lobby

HUNTER PAPER CO - LETTER WRITING TO SANTA
 DATE: Sunday 27th November
TIME: various
COST: £5

WINTER WREATH MAKING SHARED THREADS FUNDRAISER
DATE: Saturday 10th December 
TIME: 10am - 12 noon
LOCATION: Portview Trade Centre
COST: £30

BEARDED CANDLE MAKERS MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS GIFTS - CANDLE EDITION
DATE: 25th Nov 
TIME: 5.00 - 7.00pm
LOCATION: Teolai, 30 Main Street, Castlewellan
COST: £55

WOMEN IN BUSINESS MERRY MARKETPLACE
DATE: 30th Nov
TIME: 5.30 - 8.00pm
LOCATION: The Merchant Hotel, 16 Skipper Street, Belfast
COST: Member £5, Non-member £10

OPPORTUNITIES

100 ARCHIVE
The 100 Archive charts the past, present and future of Irish design by publishing 100 notable communication design projects, selected each year following an open call.
CLOSING DATE: 31st Jan 2023

EVENTS

SIGNIFICANT OTHER EXHIBITION
Group exhibition showcasing women artists
DATES: 21st - 26th Nov
LOCATION: Artcetera Studio

CRAFT NI MAKER FORUM
DATE: Thurs 24th Nov
TIME: 10am - 12pm 
LOCATION: The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, 200 Newry Road, Banbridge

FOYLE FILM FESTIVAL
DATES: Friday 18 – Sunday 27 November 2022
LOCATION: Various

NAVIGATING EMOTIONS AT WORK
DATE: Nov 21st TIME: 5.00 - 6.00PM GMT
LOCATION: Online

HOW OUR SOCIAL CONNECTIONS IMPACT OUR ECONOMIC SECURITY
DATES: Wednesday 23 November 2022
TIME: 18:00 – 19:00
LOCATION: online

PIXEL MILL LEGAL WORKSHOPS
DATE: Thursday 24th November

DESIGN LEADERSHIP: HOW TO SOLVE BIGGER PROBLEMS AND LEAD BIGGER TEAMS
DATE: Tue, 29 November 2022,
TIME: 17:00 – 18:30 GMT
LOCATION: Online 

INVEST NI WEBINAR: SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN
DATE: Thu, Dec 1, 2022 
TIME: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM GMT
LOCATION: Online

Link to full blog with details and links on our profile
What do you want to achieve this week? This week’s question for reflection is super simple, but also a really good way to start the week. What do you want to achieve this week? Be really specific and honest with yourself. What is genuinely achievable within the timeframe and what is most important? Setting realistic and achievable goals is important, so you stay focused and don’t feel discouraged but also so difficult. It is easy to be overly optimistic with your goals and to-do lists or to focus on the things that are most enjoyable or easier, not what you actually need to get done to move forward.

I have to remind myself every week to be realistic about what I hope to achieve. Breaking down my weekly to-do list into urgent tasks (usually client work, admin etc) and things I would like to get done (big picture work, funding applications, new projects etc). I try and map out my urgent tasks then set aside some time and schedule in at least one thing from my things I would like to get done list each week so that I keep moving forward and working to achieve my overall goals.

How do you work out your to-do list and set your goals and priorities?

#creativeentrepreneurs #creativebusinessowners #smallbusiness #creativestartup #creative entrepreneurship
Did you know we have lots of free industry expert videos on our @womenfolk.co website? We have highlighted them on this week's creative roundup on our blog alongside different events and opportunities for creatives this week
We're excited to be bringing back our @womenfolk.co peer mentoring group

It’s very simple, but also very effective. Starting in January 2023 on the last Tuesday of each month we will host a get together with a small group of self-employed creative women or women in the process of starting a creative business to chat about business and life. Each person will get the chance to speak. Sharing their monthly progress, plans for the following month, future goals and aspirations as well as any challenges they may be facing. This process gives you the opportunity to connect with and learn from like-minded creative women and helps with motivation, accountability, goal setting and planning. 

As we want the group to be a safe-space for sharing we will be limiting numbers to a maximum of 8 participants. There is no cost to joining the group, but to ensure commitment and suitability participants need to fill in a short online registration to secure a space.

You can find the registration form on our website (link in profile) or if you have any questions about the group email christine@blickstudios.org

#workforyourself
#womeninbusiness
#womenfolk #womenindesign
#creativewomen #creativebusiness #creativewomencommunity #womenentrepreneur #womenentrepreneurs #womenentrepreneurship
Sunday mornings have just become available to hire the Main Room in our Malone studios. Perfect for yoga, meditation, classes, workshops etc, only £15 an hour for regular ongoing bookings. Get in touch for more info
This week's question for reflection is a tough one. It can be hard to be honest with yourself about where you find fulfillment especially with a creative business that may have started out as a passion project. Things change, just because we once found something fulfilling or enjoyable doesn't mean we still do, especially when it has turned from a hobby to a way of earning a living and all the pressures that brings. Of course for practical reasons we may still need to do it for the time being at least, but it's worth reflecting on for the future
After a week being away doing my first business/ solo travelling since before the pandemic. This week's question for reflection is a simple one. What do you want more of in life? and in your business?

#personaldevelopment #businessdevelopment #reflection #intentions #questions
This week's question for personal reflection came from a conversation we had in the studio about wanting to improve our writing skills. In this instance it was for a funding application, but I would also love to be able to write better for our website and social media and just think it would be a really useful skill to have for so many areas of business. It got me thinking about other things I would like to improve my skills on over the next period including social media (it's so hard to keep
uptodate with all the changes) and listening (covered in our creative roundup and the subject of a blog we will be releasing later in the week). Time just flies by and nothing changes if you don't take the time to think about what you would really like to do with your time and what would really add value to your business and life. Its worth taking some time to have a think about what skills you would like to develop and invest your time and energy in for both your personal and professional life 

#personaldevelopment
#skills
#investinyourself #improveyourself #improveyourlife #reflection #intentions
Like many others we have been slowly rebuilding our business following the pandemic. Doing a lot of work behind the scenes and trying to be more intentional with both what we put our energy into, but also how and why we are doing things.
As we continue to get busier  I want to continue this process and plan to begin each week with a question for reflection for myself. I thought some other people might also find it a useful exercise so if i get time each week I will share them here. 
I love this week's question "what did you enjoy working on most last week?" We so often forget why we started a business and what we used to feel passionate about as we get bogged down in the day to day work. We forget that it's possible and also ok to enjoy our work and to try to create more of that joy.