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Creative Roundup – Meet our Neighbours Cotton Court, HMRC’s Creative Industry Tax Unit, Churchill Fellowship, East Block Bazaar, Write a 60 Second Pitch & Jamie Reid Exhibition

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Here are some of the things we think NI creatives might find interesting or useful this week

INSPIRATION

MEET OUR NEIGHBOURS COTTON COURT

This week we thought it would be nice to highlight Cotton Court a converted warehouse and previously cotton mill and the location of one of  our Cathedral Quarter studios and a creative hub in its own right in the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. You can find out a bit about the history of Cotton Court on our website. As well as our studios Cotton Court is home to other creative businesses and organisations including Belfast Print Workshop which offers amazing printing facilities on a membership basis as well as a whole range of different classes, events and activities. Belfast Print Workshop are currently celebrating 45 Years with an archive exhibition on until 30th September and a variety of workshops. Young at Art are also based in Cotton Court. They are Northern Ireland’s leading arts provider for children and young people and home to the flagship Belfast Children’s Festival (4-13 March 2022). There are also some other creative businesses located in the building and it is right opposite one of the prettiest buildings in Belfast City Centre, The Merchant Hotel, making it a lovely place to work.

 

 


FUNDING, SUPPORT & RESOURCES

 

FUNDING

THE CHURCHILL FELLOWSHIP

Have you ever wanted to make change happen in an issue you care passionately about? Explore new solutions with the world’s leading professionals? A Churchill Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead the change you want to see.

They will be inviting applications for research to be undertaken in 2023 and beyond. In addition, they will be launching six new themes for Fellowships in topical issues:

Arts and communities.
Caring for our natural environment.
Children and young people with experience of care.
Climate change.
Resilient economies and communities.
Tech for all.

They will also be inviting applications within the following existing themes:

Education in schools.
Palliative and end of life care.
Physical activity for healthier lives.
Rural communities.
Suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

DATES: Open for Fellowship applications in 2022 from 13 September until 22 November at 5pm

WEBSITE

 

SUPPORT

HMRC’S CREATIVE INDUSTRY TAX UNIT AND THE BFI CERTIFICATION UNIT

Northern Ireland Screen are delighted to announce that colleagues from the HMRC’s Creative Industry Tax Unit and the BFI Certification Unit will be holding an information day on video games, animation television, children’s television, film, high end television drama and theatre tax reliefs. There will be two information sessions in the morning covering how to qualify a project as British under the relevant cultural tests or as an official co-production to access the respective tax reliefs, and how to claim the tax reliefs followed by a Q&A. To book your seat at the morning session please email shaun@northernirelandscreen.co.uk. In the afternoon there will be bookable 1-to-1 sessions to allow you to ask project specific questions to the team. To book a 1-to-1 session please email shaun@northernirelandscreen.co.uk and state which of the creative sector tax reliefs you wish to talk about. The 1-to-1 sessions will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

LOCATION: Ormeau Baths

DATE: Wednesday 28th September

TIME: Various


EVENTS

 

EAST BLOCK BAZAAR

Creative market in East Belfast

DATE: Sunday 25th September

TIME: 1pm – 5pm

LOCATION: Banana Block Belfast

WEBSITE

 

AN ULSTER PRESENTS EXHIBITION – TAKING LIBERTIES

Jamie Reid’s Political Work 1970-2020

The artist Jamie Reid is an iconoclast, anarchist, punk, hippie, trouble-making rebel and romantic.

Ulster University’s new art gallery on York Street presents its first exhibition – Taking Liberties! The political work of Jamie Reid from 1970 to 2020.

Infamously and eternally connected with the Sex Pistols and the DIY ethic of punk, Jamie Reid’s image-making has equally, over the decades, been at the centre of activist movements.

Taking Liberties! features posters, banners, drawings and collages designed by Jamie Reid with the express purpose of viscerally grabbing the public’s attention, increasing awareness of campaigns for social justice from the 1970s to today – against the Poll Tax, English heritage and colonialism, Clause 28 and the Criminal Justice Bill and promoting the work of Pussy Riot, Occupy London and Extinction Rebellion.

Taking Liberties! is a rare opportunity to see some of Jamie Reid’s original works that not only established an entire counter-cultural visual aesthetic for the late 20th Century but also continues to be central to protest movements today.

DATES: 26 Sep 2022 – 26 Nov 2022

LOCATION: Ulster University Art Gallery, York Street.

WEBSITE 

 

WRITING A GREAT 60 SECOND PITCH

If you haven’t got a clear 60-second pitch, you could be missing out on opportunities to grow your business every day. Even in such uncertain times, you never know when the opportunity to support others may arise, so it is important to be able to explain your business quickly and simply.

Join the Business Builder team as they break the 60-second or ‘elevator’ pitch down into its component parts. You’ll come away with a clear understand around what to put in and leave out and how to structure for maximum impact. They will give you all the tools, tips, and hints for you to crack on with writing a pitch you’re confident in and proud of straight away. They will also share some great practical tips when pitching to an audience of 1 or 100.

This is a Zoom webinar – details will be sent following registration.

DATE: Tue, 27 September 2022

TIME: 13:00 – 14:30 BST

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.