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FUTURE

We now have approximately 70 businesses across our studios with 115 creatives working in our spaces.

We are excited to continue our different creative adventures and projects and supporting creatives in Belfast.

2021

In 2021 we finished our Womenfolk Dig Deep Programme supporting 27 young creative women on their journey to start their own creative business. We also worked with Belfast Design Week to launch My Block; a directory to celebrate and champion independent business and culture in Northern Ireland.

My Block

2020

In 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic closed our studios for 3 months. It also gave us the opportunity to run a creative enterprise programme for young women called Dig Deep which supported 27 young women over a 9 month period to start their own creative businesses. We hosted a podcast series of the impact of the pandemic on creatives and also expanded our Popup Design Museum during Belfast Design Week. Exhibiting design work by local designers in the windows of independent venues throughout Belfast City Centre to create an interactive but covid safe activity for the public.

Dig Deep

2018

In 2018 we launched our sister company creative consultancy Flock to bring together the creatives involved with Blick to work on different projects.

Flock

2017

In 2017 we set up a brand new venture called Womenfolk to celebrate and promote women design entrepreneurs. We were excited to be involved again with Belfast Design Week in its 3rd year & new design events such as Late Night Design.

We moved from 52 Hill Street to Cotton Court in the Cathedral Quarter – a building full of creative companies.

We set up Flock, a trading arm of Blick that brings together the creative talent involved with Blick to work on multidisciplinary creative projects.

2016

SUPPORTING MORE CREATIVES
Increased income from growing our organisation gave us the opportunity to expand the free support we provide for creative entrepreneurs including:

  • Blick Academy for Creative Startups
  • Share 6 inspirational talks for creative entrepreneurs
  • 25 Pop-Up
  • The Faculty workshops and courses
  • Creative Business Bootcamp
  • Belfast Design Week & our Graduate residency programme

SUPPORTING MORE CREATIVES

2015

GROWING MORE
We opened Eighty81 Creative Workspace in Derry-Londonderry providing workspace for 18 businesses as well as the Nest incubation program, creative events and support.

In Belfast there was a growing market for our services so we opened a second set of premises in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter providing workspace for an additional 18 businesses.

2015 was the year of Irish Design and we secured funding to run a variety of design events and co-founded Belfast Design Week.

Belfast Design Week

2014

EXPANDING TO THE NW
We secured a 3 year contract to manage the creative hub in Ebrington in Derry/Londonderry to provide incubation space, workspace and events and support for the creative industries within the city.

We developed the brand and concept for Eighty81 Creative Workspace on behalf of Ilex Urban Regeneration.

2012

GROWING BLICK
We moved into our first Cathedral Quarter premises allowing us to provide space for an additional 15 businesses.

With the premises being so close to Ulster University, we were able to connect more with students and startups and build our existing creative community through meetups and events.

Growing Blick

2010

CREATIVE EVENTS
From 2008 – 2010 we ran a variety of events and courses to support small and startup creative businesses within Belfast including Blick Business Blitz and the Evolve Programme.

We saw a need to create more interactive and engaging enterprise events and set up Creative Camp Belfast – an interactive un-conference style event design to connect local creative entrepreneurs and encourage them to share their stories and speak on various topics.

Creative Events

2008

MOVING INTO MALONE
With support from Ulster University and Belfast City Council we moved into our first permanent space at 51 Malone Road.

We focused on becoming independently sustainable by renting our studio spaces, event spaces and offering virtual services. By the end of 2008 we provided space to 15 different creative businesses.

Moving into Malone

2007

BY CREATIVES FOR CREATIVES
Blick was set up by a group of creative entrepreneurs struggling to find suitable creative studio space in Belfast.

Our first studio was a rented warehouse in the City Centre which we set up with the help of £5000 from UnLtd.

By creatives for creatives

#blickstudios on
Hill streets lovely breakout areas, where you can sit and have some lunch or a coffee away from your desk 

#hillstreetbelfast #sharedstudios #coworkingspace #blicksharedstudios #cathedralquarterbelfast
Congratulations to our resident Dani McFerran, founder of award winning Graphic Design studio @doneanddusteddesign, as she was recently celebrated for her contribution to entrepreneurship at the House of Lords to mark International Women's Day! 

Read all about the F:Entrepreneur event, and Dani's amazing businesses on our blog - link in bio. 

#residentnews #residentpromotion #blickresidents #blicksharedstudios
Our lovely main room in our Malone studios is available for hire and we now have a special reduced rates for anyone wanting to make an ongoing longterm booking of 8 weeks or more, we currently still have availability for Thursday and Friday evenings and Sundays. Prices and details are on our website (link in bio) or email christine@blickstudios.org for more info 

#roomhire #maloneroadbelfast #belfast #eventspace #blicksharedstudios
Our Malone Road studios illustrated by resident and team member @jenny_eva_design 🌿

Offering private and shared studio space, 51 Malone Road is a beautiful space full of character and natural sunlight, perfect for finding some Monday motivation!

Find more of Jenny's work at jennyevadesign.com ✨

#blicksharedstudios #blickresidents #belfastcreatives #belfast #maloneroadbelfast #illustration #studio #coworkingspace
A warm welcome to Holly @holly.e.m who has recently joined Blick as a resident in Cotton Court.

Holly is a theatre graduate and has recently moved to Belfast, working as the marketing and growth lead for a production company called Tell based in York!

Check out @tellyork and our interview with Holly on our Blog >> link in bio ✨

#meettheresident #blicksharedstudios #coworkingspace #studio #remoteoffice #dedicateddesk #cottoncourt #belfastcreatives
Our second studio space in the Cathedral Quarter; Cotton Court, illustrated by resident and team member @jenny_eva_design ✨

Find it on waring Street opposite the Merchant Hotel. This space provides dedicated desks and private offices for creative businesses, and is the perfect city centre base to meet clients! 

Find more of Jenny's work at jennyevadesign.com 👀

#belfastcreatives #supportlocalartists
#blickresidents #blicksharedstudios
#illustration #hillstreetbelfast #belfastcathedralquarter
What a gorgeous weekend. Hope everyone got to enjoy the good weather.
Did you know that as well as providing physical workspace for creatives we also provide virtual office space for only £20 a month. A city centre address creates a confident and professional first impression and separates your business and home life. You can choose between our South Belfast address at 51 Malone Road, BT9 6RY or our Cathedral Quarter address 46 Hill Street, BT1 2LB

For more info visit our website (link in profile) or get in touch
Hill St soaking up all the sunlight today ☀️

Our shared studio space on the top floor of this lovely building is the perfect base for a growing creative business, with great coffee around the corner, break out spaces to catch up with clients and a friendly organising team on hand to help!

Find out about our other studio spaces on our website > link in bio 🌿

#blicksharedstudios #belfaststudiospace #coworkingspace #sharedstudios #dedicateddesk #networking #belfastcitycentre #belfastcreatives #inspiration
Our lovely Hill Street studios by resident and team member @jenny_eva_design✨

Check out more of her work at jennyevadesign.com!

#belfastcreatives #supportlocalartists
#blickresidents #blicksharedstudios
#illustration #hillstreetbelfast #belfastcathedralquarter
Beautiful sun filled views from our Hill St. studios this morning ☀️

#blicksharedstudios #belfastcathedralquarter #studiospace #inspiration #sunlight #workspace #workspacegoals
We got the chance to chat with Documentary fillmmaker Gillian Callan, one of our newest residents at Cotton Court. Gillian shared her top tips as a freelancer, who inspires her (Whitney Houston!) and how she overcame any hurdles starting out. 

Have a read on the blog 👉 link in bio!

#meettheresident #blicksharedstudios #studiospace #belfastcreatives
We have three desks available in Hill St!

Come and work in this beautiful light and airy space.

All desks come fully furnished at £150 per month (inclusive), and are available from February. Get in touch to find out more - christine@blickstudios.org
Belated Happy New year, we are easing ourselves into 2022, looking forward to a new year and fresh beginnings. Finishing off a few bits and pieces, making some new plans and feeling optimistic about the year ahead. Its a beautiful day, full of hope and the possibility of a brighter future after a challenging couple of years. Hope everyone's years have started well and this will be an easier year for everyone
Merry Christmas from everyone here at Blick Studios! 

We are winding down for the festive period and will be back in the New Year with fresh ideas and exciting plans.

Thanks to all our brilliant residents this year for their support, here's to 2022!

- Christine, Rosy and Jenny ✨🎄
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! 

#blicksharedstudios #belfastchristmasmarket #christmas #spendlocalbelfast #illustrator #artist