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Creative Roundup – Christmas Workshops & Markets, 100 Archive, Legal Workshops, Trading with Japan Webinar, Craft NI Maker Forum, Significant Other Exhibition & More 

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It’s that time of the year again, this week 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

Local and small creative business market

DATE: Sat 19th Nov

TIME: 11am – 4pm

LOCATION: The MAC Belfast

WEBSITE 

 

ASTRAL FIBRES POPUP

Explore the ASTRL Fibres collection of considered macrame designs to enhance modern spaces. This showcase will offer a curated collection of handcrafted macrame for your home, your plants and Christmas gifts.

DATE: Sun 20th Nov

LOCATION: Bullitt Hotel, Lobby

WEBSITE 

 

HUNTER PAPER CO – LETTER WRITING TO SANTA

Is your little one excited about Santa?

Write a letter to Santa with them on a vintage typewriter.

£5 secures the use of a typewriter for up to an hour (please select a time slot) and also gives you £5 credit to spend in-store on the day.

Join Hunter Paper Co  for a fun and festive afternoon to kickstart the countdown to Christmas.

DATE: Sunday 27th November

TIME: various

COST: £5

WEBSITE

 

 

WINTER WREATH MAKING SHARED THREADS FUNDRAISER

Spend a lovely morning in the beautiful Portview Trade Centre creating your own fresh winter wreath with Shared Threads and Janice Armstrong Gathered Threads

DATE: Saturday 10th December

TIME: 10am – 12 noon

LOCATION: Portview Trade Centre

COST: £30

WEBSITE

 

 

MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS GIFTS – CANDLE EDITION

Make some hand made gifts for Christmas this year with the Bearded Candle Makers. Something that is handmade, sustainable and very intentional.

Join them in their Castlewellan studio to make a series of gorgeous homemade gifts that will go down a treat! They will have mulled cider served throughout to get into the Christmas Spirit. (they will have a non alcoholic version available too).

DATE: 25th Nov

TIME: 5.00 – 7.00pm

LOCATION: Teolai, 30 Main Street, Castlewellan

COST: £55

WEBSITE

 

WOMEN IN BUSINESS MERRY MARKETPLACE

Your one stop shop for stocking fillers and gifts for someone special this Christmas!

DATE: 30th Nov

TIME: 5.30 – 8.00pm

LOCATION: The Merchant Hotel, 16 Skipper Street, Belfast

COST: Member £5, Non-member £10

WEBSITE


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

WEBSITE

 


EVENTS

SIGNIFICANT OTHER EXHIBITION

Group exhibition showcasing women artists

DATES: 21st – 26th Nov

LOCATION: Artcetera Studio

WEBSITE

 

 

CRAFT NI MAKER FORUM

The Craft NI team are excited to announce the next Craft NI Maker Forum taking place at the FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio on Thursday 24th November, from 10am to 12 noon, followed by Lunch.

We’re especially pleased to have a talk from jewellery designer, curator and educator, Seliena Coyle, recent winner of the prestigious RDS craft bursary and chosen as one of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s 50 Irish Craft Heroes.

Seliena’s career has covered studying and teaching in the US, community arts, commissions and most recently a new post as Lecturer in Silversmithing and Jewellery at Belfast School of Art.

The Maker Forum will also allow Craft NI to give an update on its work over the last year or so, give us an opportunity to find out about issues of importance to the sector and meet the Craft NI team to find out more about what we can offer.

Importantly, it’s a chance to network and catch up with other makers with exclusive access to the Made in Ireland exhibition for an enjoyable morning and finish with lunch.

DATE: Thurs 24th Nov

TIME: 10am – 12pm

LOCATION: The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, 200 Newry Road, Banbridge

WEBSITE

 

 

FOYLE FILM FESTIVAL

Established in 1987 and led by Nerve Centre, Foyle Film Festival is Northern Ireland’s only Oscar® and BAFTA-affiliated film festival.
DATES: Friday 18 – Sunday 27 November 2022

LOCATION: Various

WEBSITE

 

 

NAVIGATING EMOTIONS AT WORK

In this event you will define four basic emotions (anger, fear, sadness, and joy) and the other feelings associated with them. You will look at the theoretical background of how our emotional process works, which will help you identify what is really going on in your emotional world in everydays life.

In particular, you will focus on the impact of (mis)expressions of emotions in the work environment. You will gain insight into what behaviours signals which emotions, be able to identify them and respond to the situation accordingly.

DATE: Nov 21st
TIME: 5.00 – 6.00PM GMT

LOCATION: Online

WEBSITE

 

HOW OUR SOCIAL CONNECTIONS IMPACT OUR ECONOMIC SECURITY

Raj Chetty, professor of public economics at Harvard University will share the findings from research analysis of Meta data on the relationship between the social connections of individuals and economic mobility in the US. Research led by Harvard’s Opportunity Insights used large-scale privacy-protected social network datasets to study social capital in neighbourhoods, schools and colleges.

Professor Chetty is joined by Lucy Makinson, head of policy at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to explore the findings in more detail.

DATES: Wednesday 23 November 2022

TIME: 18:00 – 19:00

LOCATION: online

WEBSITE

 

PIXEL MILL LEGAL WORKSHOPS

The Pixel Mill is hosting two workshops covering legal for companies and legal for freelancers on Thursday 24th November with Simon Sellars.

The workshops will be run separately during the day however individuals are welcome to attend both. The workshops will be:

Legal for Companies – 10am-12noon – The workshop will cover best practice for companies, or for individuals thinking of starting their own company. Topics include IP, trademarks, commercial contracts and data protection. There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A.

Legal for Freelancers – 1pm-3pm – The workshop will cover best practice for freelancers. Those currently working as freelancers or have recently started working as a freelancer are welcome to attend. Topics to be covered will be legal basics covering ownership IP, re-use of existing material with different clients, exclusivity/non-compete restrictions, payment for work and ending contracts. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.

Simon has over 15 years’ experience of providing intellectual property, data protection, and commercial legal advice. He trained at leading international law firm Baker McKenzie and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2009. Before this, Simon had worked in the patent field since 2002. Simon has worked for both international and boutique IP-specialist law firms as a trademark attorney and as an in-house lawyer for a technology start-up and Oxford University Press.

DATE: Thursday 24th November

TIMES: Legal for Companies – 10am-12noon

Legal for Freelancers – 1pm-3pm

REGISTRATION: The workshops will be delivered in-person at The Pixel Mill but will also be available to join online as well. There are limited spaces to join in person and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. If you would like to attend either of the workshops please email Rachel, rachelc@northernirelandscreen.co.uk and state which workshop you would like to attend and whether you will attend online or in-person.

 

DESIGN LEADERSHIP: HOW TO SOLVE BIGGER PROBLEMS AND LEAD BIGGER TEAMS

Join Future London Academy’s free webinar with creative leaders who made it to the top to hear about their career path choices and the mistakes and learnings they made along the way to the C-level.

The guest for their second webinar is Fede Garcia, a Global Chief Creative Officer at BCW Global, one of the world’s biggest PR agency. He will share insights on:

Who is Chief Creative Officer and what do they do
How to get promoted to Chief Creative Officer
What should you consider before becoming one
How to build and lead 200+ teams
ABOUT FEDE

Fede Garcia is the first-ever Chief Creative Officer at BCW, one of the top three PR agencies in the world and the largest agency in the WPP public relations family. Fede is responsible for driving powerful and provocative creative and expanding the agency’s bench of creative talent worldwide.

DATE: Tue, 29 November 2022,

TIME: 17:00 – 18:30 GMT

LOCATION: Online

WEBSITE

 

INVEST NI WEBINAR: SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN

Webinar by Invest NI for businesses looking to trade in Japan

DATE: Thu, Dec 1, 2022

TIME: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM GMT

LOCATION: Online

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.