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Share 6: Power

Date: 4/11/19 | Location: Belfast Design Week Hub : 108 North Street, Belfast BT11LE

Join us for our first Share 6 event of 2019 – “POWER” over Belfast Design Week on the 4th of November from 7:30- 9:30 PM.

We’ll be joined by 6 creative industry speakers who have all stepped outside of the usual patterns in their specialist areas to come up with new and exciting ventures, to think creatively or change paths entirely.

The theme for this year is ‘POWER’ and the word has its intricacies have so much sway on our personal and professional lives. Power can be seen as positive or negative. Power can be a constant struggle or it can be delicately shared. Power can be a responsibility that some of us wish we had, or a stronghold we wish others didn’t. Its dynamic is an integral part of the design industry today, and it is why we’re excited to be exploring this theme for Belfast Design Week 2019.

Our speakers are:

Lucinda Graham

Rachel O’Grady

Liam O’Neill

Hannah Sharp

Melanie Wiggins

Jamie Baird

Speaker 1 : Lucinda Graham

My name is Lucinda Graham, I’m a 23-year-old Belfast based Freelance Creative. I enjoy the umbrella term that is “Freelance Creative”, because it allows me to be and do whatever comes my way, and I am never tied down to simply one role or task. These passions include fast fashion and sustainability awareness and activism, youth work, body positivity, and mental health awareness activist (mostly through youtube and my Instagram account), events management, running and hosting panels and upcycling workshops and last but not least, working as a stylist. I feel extremely passionate about the renewal of Belfast and Northern Ireland as a creative place for artists of all kinds to exist and thrive. I’m passionate about women and teens knowing their worth, and charity shopping/upcycling clothes to create new looks.

Power to me means being formidable. I would never describe myself as powerful, but I do believe I am formidable. Meaning that I never give up, I keep going and have the vision set ahead of me for what I hope the future to be. This vision for the future holds my actions to be accountable today. Power doesn’t always equate to brash, loud examples of outward strength, but for me, speaks of the inner quiet strength to keep putting one foot ahead of the other, walking in grace and humility in whatever you do.

https://lucindagraham.co.uk/

Speaker 2 : Rachel O’Grady

 

Rachel is a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and the co-founder of OGU Architects. Rachel’s work concentrates on small, collaborative and prototypical structures that are designed through a process of seeking common ground between participants. In 2017, with colleagues Chris and Donald, she won the Belfast Flare competition run by the Royal Society of Ulster Architects.

Their winning entry for a pavilion in East Belfast was completed this summer in CS Lewis Square. Since 2010, Rachel has worked extensively with the Indian NGO CURE designing and implementing projects as part of an urban regeneration scheme in the city of Agra.

https://www.oguarchitects.com

Speaker 3 : Hannah Sharp

Hannah Sharp is a Graduate User Designer at Kainos who loves creating designs that make a difference.

As a recent graduate of Interaction Design at Belfast School of Art, she really enjoys sharing experiences and knowledge from her own journey into the design industry.

This year, Hannah created “Make Your Mark“, a crowd-funded and self-published book highlighting the amazing women who are working in design and tech right now.

When she’s not shining a spotlight on incredible creatives, you can find her crafting serene illustrations, travelling or reading a good book.

http://www.hannahsharp.co.uk/

Speaker 4 : Liam O’Neill

“My name is Liam O’Neill – I’m currently working for Kaffe O, a Scandinavian inspired coffee brand with 3 locations in Belfast. I’m Head of Coffee/Marketing, along with managing the City Centre location. It’s a unique role that I don’t really have a proper title for. With the trust of the owner, I’ve grown into all these different areas that are essential for business growth.

My weekly duties entail ensuring the coffee is running as consistently as possible in all 3 shops, training new & existing baristas, along with controlling the marketing & social media side of things.”

http://kaffeo.coffee/

Speaker 5 : Mel Wiggins

Mel Wiggins is an activist, writer, coach and community leader currently living in Portadown with her husband and two small children. Since 2011, Mel has been coordinating a local community project called ‘Freedom Acts’; working to prevent people being exploited or trafficked here in Northern Ireland and inform policy at a Governmental level in NI and the UK.

In 2017, Mel received an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen for her work in tackling Human Trafficking. Mel also runs her own business where she develops online courses, speaks at events, works one-to-one with women and coordinates the Assembly Community (a supportive on and offline community that Mel has established for women who want to cultivate courage and connect to their innate creativity).

Mel believes in the power of women and girls to shape the now and change the future and is committed to creating space for them to understand themselves better and have an impact on the world.

https://www.melwiggins.com/

Speaker 6 : Jamie Beard

Jamie Beard (née: Baird) is a Northern Irish illustrator based in Belfast, represented by UsFolk agency. His work, primarily centred around portraiture, is perpetually fuelled by a fascination with people and their stories, and notions of individuals and collective identity.

Much of his noted work to date has been rooted in Belfast’s luminous LGBTQ+ community, aiming in some sense to convey a portrait of a community through the people and stories making it up. Stylistically and thematically, Jamie’s work is driven by a Venn diagram between folk art, kitsch and queer, coated in a haze of 20th century pop culture.

https://www.jamiebeard.co.uk/

Kindly supported by Jameson Whiskey with a free Jameson with ginger and lime for all guests on arrival.

About Jameson: In 1780, John Jameson established a way of making Irish whiskey that Jameson have been proudly sticking to ever since. Jameson have distilled over 200 years of courage, craft and a collective appreciation for taste, to create a signature smoothness. At Jameson, we are proud to run a single distillery, which means we have full control over the production process, from grain to glass. Triple distilled, remarkably smooth, and unmistakably Jameson. Jameson, Ginger Ale and Lime is a simple whiskey drink, it’s a thirst quencher that couldn’t be easier to make. Whether it’s a party drink or a post-work drink, we have got you covered!

 

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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

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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
Brilliant to have businesses back open again on Commercial Court, just round the corner from our Hill Street Studios! 

#blicksharedstudios #belfastcathedralquarter #commercialcourtbelfast #coworkingspace #belfastcreatives
Lovely write up on @graeme_theory and @karishmakusurkar the main folks behind Small Town Big Dreams podcast that we helped create/ support

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/news/living-the-dream-40728706.html?fbclid=IwAR1XDlWdwrUmDm5P-EVqdIxzSo2oI86u5uT7Kn-Q42r8PrIETik2lStiiiw
From the start of September you can book the main room in our Malone studios for meetings, workshops and classes

#blickmalone #blickstudios #creativespace #creativeworkspace #coworkingspace #creativehub #workspace #studiospace #southbelfast #venue #periodfeatures
✨ New team member ✨

Introducing Jenny Patterson who has joined Blick to help with our social media, admin and virtual services!

A current resident at our Cotton Court Studios, Jenny runs @jenny_eva_design, a Graphic Design and Illustration studio that specialises in branding.

"Working alongside Blick has been brilliant so far and I am excited for what's next both with Blick and in my own business". 

Read more about her story on our blog 👉 link in bio! 

#newteammember #freelance #blickstudios #belfast #belfastcreatives
Introducing Aaron Hickland, one of our newest residents to join Blick at our Cotton Court Studios!

Aaron is a freelance performer, facilitator and writer, check out his amazing animation voice show reel at @aaron_hickland.

We got a chance to chat to Aaron and find out more about his business, find it on our blog at https://www.blickstudios.org/uncategorised/meettheresident-aaron-hickland/

#blickstudios #studiospace #belfastcreatives #belfastcathedralquarter #belfast #coworkingspace #meettheresident #creativehub
Thankful for our leafy trees at Malone that are providing some welcomed shade and keeping us cool throughout this beautiful sunny weather! ☀️🌿

#summer #studiospace #belfastcreatives #maloneroad #trees #shade #coworkingspace
We are happy to be welcoming another new resident to Blick Studios, this time at our Cotton Court Studio, right in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter Belfast! 

Liam O'Neill previously worked for @kaffeo honing his coffee and social media skills. He has has now set up @liamonetwo specialising in content creation, brand identity and messaging. 

We got the chance to find out a bit more about his business, read the full interview at
www.blickstudios.org/uncategorised/meettheresident-liam-oneill/

Photographer - @creatingaspace

#blickstudios #coworkingspace #meettheresident #belfastcreatives #belfastcathedralquarter #coffee
We are delighted to introduce our newest resident @wee.nuls to our Malone Road Studios. 

Nuala is a multi-disciplinary artist working in a variety of mediums including printmaking, digital illustration and spray paint.

Head over to her page today to check out her artwork or visit weenulsstore.com.

We also chatted to Nuala and found out about her business, read the full interview here at https://www.blickstudios.org/meettheresidents/meettheresident-wee-nuls/ 

#blickstudios #coworkingspace #belfastcreatives
Summer sun ☀ creating amazing shadows in our Malone studios
Brilliant to have a lively atmosphere back in the Cathedral Quarter, just outside our lovely Cotton Court Studios. Get your work done in the quiet tranquility of the studio and come out and treat yourself to a lovely lunch and pint at our new neighbours; The Second Fiddle or at tapas bar; @2tapswinebar. Get the best of both worlds!

#blickstudios #coworkingspace #summer #studio #creativeworkspace #belfastcathedralquarter
We are pleased to introduce our newest Blick resident; Ciaran Crudden, who will be based in our Hill Street Studios.

Ciaran is a Graphic Designer and Filmmaker and the Director of @crudestudios.

We got a chance to hear about Ciaran's business and his journey to becoming self employed.

Find the full interview at https://www.blickstudios.org/uncategorised/meettheresident-ciaran-crudden/

#blickstudios #coworkingspace #businesscreative #creativeworkspace #creativehub #meettheresident #community #belfastcreatives #cathedralquarterbelfast
@whatsonmyblock_ is now live and you can visit it on whatsonmyblock.com (link in their bio!) 

My Block celebrates and showcases independent businesses & culture and is supported by @weareinnovateuk

There are over 100 Belfast businesses already on the platform and they are looking forward to including more from the rest of NI too in the coming months. If this platform sounds up your street, get in touch! 

This special short film by Simon Mills captures 3 great independent businesses in Belfast: American Madness (Vintage & Fashion), Murphy & Bailey (Pet Store & Coffees) & FRUIT Shop (Food & Culture) They were  warm, friendly and invited the My Block team in to their spaces so they could find out more about their businesses. 

They hope over the coming months to feature a wide range of businesses!

Thanks to Simon for this beautiful film. 

#supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness
Dani, one of our lovely residents @doneanddusteddesign working away in our cosy Cotton Court Studios this morning ☀️
Colourful views, leafy plants and plenty of character in our Hill Street Studios, making it the perfect space to work 🌿

#blickstudios #coworkingspace #studiospace #belfastcreatives #creativeindustries #studio #workspace #creativeworkspace #belfastcathedralquarter
Plants make such a difference to working spaces. All our spaces are filled with them
Nice to have a new exhibition by Blick resident @gallery545online in the main room of our Malone studios
As a small local business, impacted like so many others over the last year. So we are really excited to have been working on this project with @belfastdesignwk celebrate and champion local independent businesses. 

@whatsonmyblock_ is a curated online platform that aims to increase awareness of and encourage people to support local independent businesses.

If you run a small business and would like to feature email myblock@belfastdesignweek.com