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Creative Roundup – To Make a Monument Exhibition, CQAF Creative Bursaries, Creative Debuts Black & Working Class Creatives Grants, Belfast Film Festival, Innovation, Branding, Viral Justice & Art Direction Events

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This week we have highlighted some funding opportunities and bursaries and different local and international events we feel creatives might find useful or interesting

INSPIRATION

EXHIBITION: TO MAKE A MONUMENT

One of the lovely things about the location of our Malone Studios is how close it is to Queen’s University, the location of this wonderful exhibition making vewing it a lovely lunchtime activity. This exhibition To Make a Monument is a new project by artist Jan McCullough produced in collaboration with Household that explores untold acts and histories of labour, care and maintenance; fabrication and DIY; and the communities that form around them. To Make a Monument is part of the Belfast International Arts Festival with installations across Queens University Campus: Outside Elmwood Hall (University Road), Whitla Hall (University grounds), The Graduate School (Queen’s University

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FUNDING, SUPPORT & RESOURCES

FUNDING

CQAF CREATIVE BURSARIES

CQAF has presented the best in local and international art, music and performance over the last 23 years. They are delighted to initiate a scheme which allows artists, writers and performers to develop new work for their festival.

They have established four creative bursaries to support and encourage new work by visual artists, comedians, musicians and theatre practitioners based in Northern Ireland.

This project has funding support from Perspective Economics and the Arts & Business NI Investment Programme.

DEADLINE: 5pm. 11th November 2022

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CREATIVE DEBUTS BLACK ARTISTS GRANTS

The Black Artists Grant (BAG) by Creative Debuts is a no-strings attached financial support to help Black creatives based in the U.K.

This grant has been set up because Black artists are systematically under-supported by the art world; by institutions, curators, the artist-led scene, major and minor funding bodies, the market, art schools, and by audiences.

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CREATIVE DEBUTS WORKING CLASS CREATIVES GRANT

The Working Class Creatives Grant (WCCG) is offered by Creative Debuts in collaboration with their partners and the grant selectors The White Pube.

The grant is a no-strings attached financial support to help U.K based creatives of all ages and has been set up in response to the cost of living crisis. Each month one recipient will recieve £500 to spend however they like.

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RESOURCES

VIMEO X MARKETING WEEK

The attention grab series for marketers. The webinar series provides marketers with creative solutions for how to capture, keep, and convert audience attention in their marketing content.

In Part 3 of Vimeo’s Attention Grab Series experts will discuss how you can convert your audience’s attention into action with Interactive Video. Evidence-based marketer Thomas McKinlay, Founder of Ariyh, and Vimeo’s Interactive Video expert Marissa Ke will discuss proven strategies

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EVENTS

BELFAST FILM FESTIVAL

22nd Belfast Film Festival
DATES: 3 – 12 November 2022

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SWITCH: BELFAST

Great for your pocket and the planet!

Find some new-to-you clothing at Switch:Belfast Thrift Night at the MAC on 3 November in association with Alliance for Choice and Environmental Éadaí.

How does it work?

It’s simple – buy a ticket for £8. This entitles you to take five items on the night until 8.30pm. After 8.30pm, you can take more items if you like. This ensures everyone gets a chance to find something great!

DATE: Thursday 3rd November

TIME: 19.00PM

COST: £8

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VIRAL JUSTICE – THE BIG IMPACT OF SMALL CHANGE

How can we transform society through the choices we make every day?
Small change can have a big impact on our lives. Through knock-on effects and cumulative action, little shifts have the potential for great harm and great good. And when it is easy to feel overwhelmed at the scale of change needed to solve big, structural problems, we need to recognise the value of practical change we can enact on a daily basis.
In recent times, the twin plagues of Covid-19 and anti-Black police violence have caused Ruha Benjamin to rethink the importance of these every day, individual actions across our lives and societies – from the impact of the chronic stress of racism and inequities in our healthcare system to the power of community organisers who are fostering mutual aid and collective healing.
Here at the RSA, Ruha Benjamin will demonstrate the impact of these micro-changes, drawing on her personal experience and professional research on race, technology, and justice. Alongside the chair of the discussion, Mandu Reid, leader of the Women’s Equality Party, Ruha will offer an inspiring and practical vision of how seemingly minor decisions and habits can spread virally and have exponentially positive effects.
Speaker: Ruha Benjamin, writer, speaker and professor of African American Studies at Princeton University
Chair: Mandu Reid, Leader, Women’s Equality Party
DATE: Thursday 3rd November

TIME: 13.00 – 14.00PM

LOCATION: Online

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BRANDING FOR FOUNDERS: HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY REBRAND

Every business will need to rebrand at some point. But it’s often an overly complex process. Discover a proven and simpler way to rebrand.

DATE: Thursday 3rd November

TIME: 2.00 – 3.00pm GMT

LOCATION: Online

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GROWTH NORTH WEST – GROWTH THROUGH INNOVATION: PROBLEM PRIORITISATION AND IDEATION

If you were asked to do something innovative, what would you create? Is there a problem that needs to be solved? Ester Dyson summed this up in her contribution to a short article in Harvard Business Review: “Don’t innovate, solve problems”

Choosing the right problems to address is key to the success of any innovation.

During the Covid-19 pandemic many organisations looked at how they could continue to operate and serve their customers in restricted lockdown environments, such as restaurants offering takeaway or cook at home recipes, blind companies making face shields and PPE and engineering firms creating ventilation units for hospitals – all of which solved problems.

Problem Prioritisation and Ideation
This workshop will equip you with:

1. The tools to help you to identify which problems you want to solve to generate more ideas and more optimal solutions both for your business and your customers.

2. The techniques to narrow down your ideas to the most viable options that you can take forward to develop within your business

3. The support available to help you move forward

DATE: Tuesday 8th November

TIME: 10:00AM – 1.00PM

LOCATION: Invest NI North West Office

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ART DIRECTION & BRAND PHOTOGRAPHY WITH PAM LAU

Learn in the field with photographer Pam Lau as she shares walks you through shooting a brand or commercial project from start to finish.

This workshop will cover a variety of concepts including:

  • How to work directly with clients when there’s no agency as an intermediary and you’re expected to lead the vision and bring your expertise
  • How to assume multiple roles (ie. art director, producer, casting director, and stylist) when you don’t have the budget to bring on an extensive team
  • How to be scrappy, utilizing backwards creation and your existing resources to bring a concept to life
  • Client consultation; important questions to ask and factors to consider, tips for negotiation
  • Pitching a concept to a client through researching how visual style can align with their brand
  • Pam’s approach and creative process to adapting on the fly during shoot day
  • Tips for directing and coaching your subjects and models to achieve the results you’re looking for
  • Q&A session

About Pam Lau:
Pam Lau is a photographer and educator based in Toronto and Montréal. Recipient of the Applied Arts Young Blood Photography Award and named a photographer to watch in a 500px spotlight on Asian Heritage Month. Co-founder of Ecru; a grassroots educational initiative for those facing cultural, financial, and institutional barriers to entering creative industries. Past clients include PUMA, American Express, General Motors, Microsoft, Shopify, VICE, Refinery29. Ambassador for Canon Canada.

Who’s this workshop for?
Emerging visual artists. Samples discussed focus on photography, however the business practices covered are applicable to multiple disciplines
Current freelancers in adjacent fields such as wedding or events interested in taking on more commercial work
Full-time visual arts workers wanting to transition to freelancing
Digital creators looking to tighten up their pitch for brand partnerships
This workshop will be valuable for anyone looking to take their photography to another level, specifically as it relates to brand photography, editorial, commercial, and fashion. Whether you’re a photographer, videographer, digital creator, model, blogger, or just getting started on your creative journey, these workshops provide an opportunity to connect with others in the community and learn something at the same time.

DATE: Wednesday 9th November 2022

TIME: 5pm PST / 8pm EST

LOCATION: Online

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INNOVATION AFTER HOURS WITH MICHAEL STEWART

Join the Graduate School at Queen’s for Innovation After Hours on Thursday 10th November at 5:30pm.

The Innovation After Hours event series provides an opportunity to network with like-minded people and to be inspired by innovative and entrepreneurial guest speakers who are working on interesting ventures. It’s a casual meet up, with food and beverages open to QUB students, staff and the general public.

In November, they are delighted to have one of Northern Ireland’s most successful hospitality operators, Michael Stewart, as their guest speaker. Michael will discuss his career in hospitality which spans more than three decades and provide leadership and entrepreneurial insights from his journey.

About the Speaker

Michael Stewart has over 36 years’ experience in hospitality which includes leading roles in some of the city’s most successful bars and clubs.

His portfolio includes roles at Lisburn Road venue Bob Cratchit’s, Botanic Inns Group, the former Ultimate Leisure’s Bamboo Beach Club, Irene and Nan’s, Bar Bacca and La Lea, the Potthouse and The Advocate. He then went on to run House Belfast hotel, bar and restaurant, with business partner Alan Clancy on Botanic Avenue – which occupies the former site of Madison’s.

Today he is the Director of Common Market – the street food market, function space and bar located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and is the Past President of the Belfast Chamber.

Michael also has his own firm Bar Czar, a consultancy and training business for the trade offering services such as security training.

DATE: Thursday 10th November
TIME: 17:30 – 19.00 GMT
LOCATION: The Graduate School, Queen’s University University Road Belfast BT7 1NN
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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.