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Our Highlights of 2020!

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Happy New Year everyone! We have made it into 2021 in one piece and we just wanted to take the time to recap our highlights of 2020. In this current climate, things are not easy and it can feel like there is no progress being made because we are all stuck inside with a ton of restrictions. Trust us, we are on the same boat and slowly finding our feet on how to navigate the constant changes that have been ongoing for the last while.

We do this exercise every year where we look back at all the projects and events we have done that year, as a way of celebrating the work we have done, but also to gain some perspective. It is important to look back and reflect to recognize those achievements no matter how big and small.

As we all know, 2020 was a hard year that thrust the entire world into unknown chaos and a new way of living.  We were faced with the decision to stay the same or to adjust and adapt to the new circumstances. It was a year of slowing down, sitting in discomfort, analyzing our ways of working, adjusting our ways of working, figuring out how to cope with uncertainty, and try to forge a new path on which we can still exist as a business and a creative industry.

We have put together some of the big projects that we launched this year and we look forward to what we can create in 2021.

The Great Creators Podcast

Our first main project of 2020 was The Great Creators Podcast in collaboration with Small Town Big Dreams and the Graduate School at Queens University. 

The podcast series shared the diverse stories of design and entrepreneurship in Northern Ireland. They featured start-ups, community-led projects, and established businesses that together make up the rich innovation ecosystem.

They wanted to highlight that opportunity is all around, if you know where to look for it and to delve deeper into understanding how a product or service comes about from those “in the know” – the designers and entrepreneurs themselves!

The podcast shared different business models and approaches, the challenges, and pivots of entrepreneurial journeys, and contain useful and easy-to-implement advice and resources.

The World Turned Upside Down – 4 Part Audio Documentary Series

Funded by Future Screens NI and Northern Ireland Screen as part of their ‘Rewriting the Narrative’ project, Small Town Big Dreams presents a 4-part audio documentary exploring personal stories of how the Covid-19 crisis has impacted the work, communities, networks, and health of creative entrepreneurs, freelancers and workers within the creative industry sector in Northern Ireland.

DIG DEEP 

 

 

Dig Deep is Womenfolk’s new creative enterprise support program that brings women from different backgrounds together in a supportive and nurturing environment over a 9 month period to help them build successful and sustainable creative industry businesses.

We believe that it is important to take a holistic view of starting a creative business, combining self-care and creativity alongside business skills and knowledge.

We wanted to make our resources available to our wider Womenfolk Community so that everyone can access and have the opportunity to develop themselves further. Each week we will be uploading exercises and resources to help you start your creative industry business. The resources are here to help you grow your creative business to meet your values, goals, and ambitions.

This project is in collaboration with Creating A Space and is kindly funded by Ulster Bank.

Belfast Design Week 2020

Belfast Design Week took place from 2nd-8th November 2020 and included a Pop-Up Design Museum in venues across Belfast city center with work by commissioned designers.

We had the pleasure of curating the Pop Up Design Museum which is the second time in a row it has been running.

The exhibit showcased the work of contemporary designers as well as highlighting the rich design heritage of Belfast. We were persistent in creating this project despite everything going on with the restrictions and the pandemic, we had to think differently on how we would execute the Pop Up Design Museum.

Our theme for the year was “Environment” and the exhibitions showed the many variations and interpretations of this theme, from sustainability to political environment and urban design.

With the changing scenario around the Covid-19 pandemic and concerns around health and safety, we ensured our museum was socially distanced, using venues’ outside facing windows and outdoor spaces.

It was great to see the designers and local businesses collaborate to make this happen, but most of all, coming together as a community to get through this hard time.

To see all of the artwork and design collaborations, please visit: www.belfastdesignpopup.com/designersvenues

This project was supported by the Department for Communities, Future Screens NI, Northern Ireland Screen & University of Ulster Belfast School of Art

 

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Here at Blick we aim to support and promote local creatives in Northern Ireland. 

A number of our fantastic residents are crafting, painting and illustrating artwork that would make a perfect christmas gift for your loved ones! 🎁

@roryquiggillustration
- bespoke illustrations 

@dannisimpsonart
- Northern Irish themed illustrated prints, homeware, clothing 

@autumn.aurelia
- whimsical acrylic jewellery

@wee.nuls
- homeware, accessories, illustrated prints 

@nineteenthirtyatelier
- bespoke men’s shirts and unique accessories

@gallery545online
- contemporary art 

Read more on the blog 👉 link in bio!
Meet Ray Walsh, our newest resident in 46 Hill Street!

Ray is a Graphic Designer working remotely for a design studio based in Birmingham. He shared some brilliant advice for creatives working remotely in our interview on the blog - link in bio!

Check out his passion projects on his Instagram @ray_walsh.jpg

#meettheresident #newresident #blicksharedstudios #hillstreetbelfast #studiolife #sharedspace #coworkingspace
If you're heading to Belfasts Christmas Market, stop by our resident @dannisimpsonart's amazing stall and #supportlocalartists! 

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Some brilliant new street art on Hill street in the Cathedral Quarter. 

If you know the creator please feel free to tag them!

#supportlocalartists #belfastcreatives #belfastcreatives #belfastcathedralquarter #blickstudios #streetart #mural #northernireland
Even with the days shortening, we still get to enjoy the sunset reflections here in the Cathedral Quarter!

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Did you know our Hill Street studios has a mezzanine level, letting in plenty of natural light for our residents and extra workspace. On the ground floor we have a lovely lounge, kitchen, WCs and more deskspaces.

Hill Street is a beautiful narrow cobbled street that was first dipected on a Belfast map in 1757. It was originally named Pott-House Lane as it housed a pottery shop, meaning Hill Street has always been home to creatives!

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Autumn has arrived in the Cathedral Quarter ☀️

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BELFAST DESIGN WEEK. 

BDW21 theme this year has just been revealed and is "What's on my block?" centering around design and entrepreneurship✨

Sadly we aren't helping to organise the event this year, but our fabulous resident Karishma Kusurkar @karishmasworld is!

Check out the @belfastdesignwk week programme for The Sustainabitilty Series, Meet and Greet events, guest speakers and much more to be revealed. Link in their bio!

BDW is running from 1-7 November and beyond. Get your tickets now!

#belfastdesignweek #blicksharedstudios #design #designentrepreneur #belfastcreatives #celebratedesign #localdesign #spendlocal #spendlocalbelfast #belfast
Happy Friday when you get to play with plants as part of your job
Cobbles, sunlight and flowers ☀️🌸

#hillstreetbelfast #blicksharedstudios #belfastcathedralquarter #cobbledstreets #sunlight #flowers #autumnlight #belfast #studiospace #belfastcreatives
Gorgeous morning light streaming into Cotton Court. Happy Monday!

#blicksharedstudios #morninglight #sunnyday #mondaymotivation #belfastcathedralquarter #belfastcreatives #coworkingspace #cottoncourt
A warm welcome to our newest resident Lyndsay Walker ✨

Lyndsay is a freelance presentation designer working in the pharmaceutical industry who loves the challenge, flexibility and freedom of being her own creative director and has been self employed for almost 20 years in various creative industries. 

We are delighted to welcome her into our Cotton Court Studios.

Read more about Lyndsays business and what inspires her on our blog - link in bio!

#meettheresident #blicksharedstudios #belfastcathedralquarter #belfastcreatives #freelance #studiospace #coworkingspace #welcome #belfast
What a beautiful sunny September evening ☀️ hope everyone is out making the most of it before the winter
The perfect spot for lunch in the Cathedral Quarter surrounded by lots of lovely colours 🌿🌸🌼

#buoyparkbelfast #blicksharedstudios #belfastcathedralquarter #belfastcreatives #greenspaces #lunchtimewalks
Our beautiful main room is now available for hire! 😍

This evening its being used by the wonderful @lp.physio.pilates who is adding a splash of colour. 

Get in touch at christine@blickstudios.org for more information

#blicksharedstudios #roomhire #belfast #maloneroadbelfast #pilates
Calm corners in our Malone studios
To celebrate Good Relations Week 2021 ‘Brighter Days Ahead’ for Young People, our resident  @creatingaspace have teamed up with @allnationsbelfast to create a project called "How They See Us'.

'How They See Us' is a project that investigates how people from different backgrounds navigate their lives.

The project explores how people think society sees them as an individual, and what labels and stereotypes have been placed upon them based on how they look, their race, their ethnicity or where they are "from".

In this season, we have interviewed 5 amazing individuals from different cultural backgrounds, who shared their experiences of what it is like being a person of colour in NI and what their experiences have been like growing up here.

We talked about the struggles of navigating identity, representation, grief, belonging, race, discrimination and self-love & acceptance.

For this event, we will be having a panel discussion with some of the people that took part in the project.
We will be asking them about
- How they felt about sharing their story
- What they have learned about themselves throughout this project
- How they see their future

Stay tuned for the release of the full project!

Grab your ticket via @creatingaspace's link in bio!

This project is funded by Community Relations Council.
✨Post services✨

Are you seeking a professional image for your business but are currently working from home? Blick's virtual post service offers a confident and professional city centre address from either our Hill Street or Malone Road studios.

Interested? Get in touch 👉 info@blickstudios.org

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Introducing our newest resident Eoin O'Shea! 

Eoin is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and runs his business PIM smart.

Take a minute to read the interview on our blog with Eoin and find out more about how he stays inspired, the current projects he is working on and his advice on starting your own creative business. It's a really inspirational read!

Link in bio 🔗

#blicksharedstudios #meettheresident #coworkingspace #belfastcreatives #belfastcathedralquarter
#hillstreetbelfast
We are delighted to welcome Tom Mathews to our Cotton Court studios!

Tom is a digital artist and animator with a focus on video games and interactive software. He is currently working with Level 91 Entertainment who are based in Northern Ireland.

Find out more about his creative work on our blog where chatted about his inspirations, software and advice he would give to anyone starting their own creative business. 

Link in bio!

#blicksharedstudios
#belfastcathedralquarter #cottoncourt #waringstreet #studio #coworkingspace #belfastcreatives #gamedesign #animation #meettheartist #meettheresident
Did you know that the Merchant Hotel is opposite our Cotton Court Studios?

This distinctive building was originally the headquarters of Ulster Bank and was transformed into the 5 star hotel in 2006. It's so nice to have it on our doorstep! 

#belfastcathedralquarter #cottoncourt #waringstreet #lovebelfast #belfasthistory #merchanthotelbelfast #blicksharedstudios #coworkingspace #studio #doorstepviews