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Creative Roundup – Womenfolk Industry Expert Videos, Princes Trust Photography Course, Creative DIrector Opportunity Business Finance Week, Belfast XR Festival & Productivity & Work-Life Balance Events

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This week we are highlighting our womenfolk industry expert videos, a great free source of advice and guidance created by local creatives for local creatives and some interesting opportunities and events

INSPIRATION

WOMENFOLK INDUSTRY EXPERT VIDEOS

This week we are looking back at the industry expert videos we created as part of our Womenfolk Dig Deep project as our inspiration. Rewatching and learning from a handful of NI’s successful creative women kindly and expertly sharing their knowledge and expertise for the benefit of others following in their footsteps. These videos were created during an insanely busy period and probably haven’t been shared and utilised as much as they could be, but they are a great resource and are free and available to watch at any time. Topics covered include

Managing your finances with Rosy James finance and operations Blick Shared Studios and freelance finance manager

Design thinking with Karishma Kusurkar

A DIY guide to creating your own brandwith Karishma Kusurkar

A DIY guide on setting up a website with Emma Johnston of Hunter Paper Co and Karishma Kusurkar

A DIY guide on photographing your work with Carrie Davenport 

A DIY guide on Instagram  with Danni Simpson  and Lauren Taylor

A DIY guide on writing for your business with Heather McGarrigle

A DIY guide on linkedin with Emma Gribben

A DIY guide on social media advertising with Emma Gribben

A DIY guide on sales and selling  with Lisa Smyth She Said Design  and Emma Johnston Hunter Paper Co

 

WEBSITE WITH LINKS TO ALL VIDEOS


QUESTION

‘Can You Cut Your Costs to Make More Profit’ This week’s question is a practical one. Someone once told me that it was easier to cut costs by 5% than generate an additional 5% profit and it can sometimes mean the difference between a business succeeding and a business failing, especially in the early stages. That message has really stuck with me and I am always really careful with managing business expenses. Obviously there are times when you need to invest in your business and you need to spend money to make money, but equally especially in the current economic climate it can be wise to take a look at your costs and see if there is anything you can cut from your budget. For example can you take a look at your suppliers and make changes, examine whether that new piece of equipment you plan to buy is going to add value to your business or life? Is it really going to increase profitability? save you time? improve the quality of your work? Or maybe it’s as simple as cutting down on expensive coffees or business travel.


FUNDING, SUPPORT & OPPORTUNITIES

OPPORTUNITIES

PRINCES TRUST GET STARTED WITH PHOTOGRAPHY ONLINE COURSE

The Princes Trust Get Started with Photography online course for 16 – 30 year olds can help you to improve your skills in photography and editing. You will get to work together in a group with young people who share the same passion for photography. Throughout the programme gain one to one support from a Princes Trust Youth Development Lead.

DATES: 28th November – 2nd December

LOCATION: Belfast

WEBSITE

 

FREELANCE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

The Cathedral Quarter Trust (CQT), the delivery organisation previously behind Culture Night Belfast (CNB), is looking for a freelance Creative Director to develop a large-scale cultural project for 2023 and beyond.

Managed and delivered by CQT since 2009, CNB was historically one of Belfast’s largest free events, a cultural celebration that, at its peak, attracted almost 90,000 local, national and international visitors to the city’s historic Cathedral Quarter and wider city-centre.

Following the completion of an extensive Strategic Review in 2021, and after giving much consideration to the recommendations put forward within the review, CQT has decided to step away from the established model of Culture Night Belfast and move in a new direction, with the aim of developing a new flagship event for the city that will both replace and build on aspects of CNB’s legacy.

Their aim is to develop the new event over the remainder of 2022 and into 2023 with a pilot event to be delivered in Autumn 2023, followed by a full-scale presentation in 2024, to be delivered as part of the Belfast Year of Culture.

They are now looking for an exceptional Creative Director to help us develop and realise this new vision for a flagship event.

CLOSING DATE: 5.00pm on Friday 2nd December 2022.

WEBSITE


EVENTS

AN INTUITIVE APPROACH TO PRODUCTIVITY

An intuitive approach to productivity with Type C Creative https://www.typec-creative.com/ Andrea, Process Expert and Founder of Type C Creative, will guide you through a hands-on approach to identifying your ideal productivity plan based on who you are and how you want to work. In this workshop you will gain an introduction to the three pillars of productivity planning Leaving you with a better understanding of what you require to do your best work, a personal productivity plan that aligns with how you want to work and project and task management tool recommendations and tips.
DATE: 9th November

TIME: 6.00pm GMT

LOCATION: Online

WEBSITE

 

BUSINESS FINANCE WEEK 2022

Throughout the week of 7-11 November 2022 the British Business Bank, along with well-respected business support partners from across the UK, are working together to host Business Finance Week 2022.

During five days of nation-wide and regional in-person events, webinars and more, we’re helping smaller businesses learn all about the different finance options available to them to support their individual needs.

Each day will be centred round a key theme, giving you the opportunity to hear from experts in their field on a varied range of subjects.

DATES: 7-11 November 2022

WEBSITE

 

WORK LIFE BALANCE FANTASY OR REALITY – TIPS TO AVOID BURNOUT

Dwen’s next Empower Hour episode, Work Life Balance – Reality or Fantasy? Tips to Avoid Burnout, welcomes Dr. Susan Lovelle, founder and CEO of Premiere Wellness. Depending on the source you ask, attaining balance between work and home life is either an absolute necessity for continued success or a pie-in-the-sky fantasy. Whichever camp you’re in, overwork and burnout is real, especially with women. You won’t want to miss this!

DATE: 9th November

TIME: 12pm CT

WEBSITE

 

BELFAST XR FESTIVAL – HOW IS XR CHANGING STORYTELLING

Unlock the secrets to creating compelling narrative in immersive worlds.
What is the process for creating an immersive experience? Learn the unique considerations when storytelling with immersive and interactive worlds. Gain practical tips and insights into pre-production and workflow pipelines in this panel with leading industry experts Dee Harvey, Vincent Kinnaird, Lucy Baxter and Chaired by Professor Paul Moore.
A Belfast XR Festival event.

DATE: Wed, 9 November 2022

TIME: 13:00 – 14:00 GMT

LOCATION: The Black Box Green Room, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA

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.