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The Time is Now // 4 Week Course

Date: 12/10/19 - 2/11/19 |Location: Blick Shared Studios, 51 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6RY

We are excited to announce our first ‘The Time is Now’ 4 week course in collaboration with Womenfolk, Blick Studios & Creating A Space.

OVERVIEW

This course will help you to create space in your life to work out what you want to do. To take the time to establish your values, vision and goals. To work out what is holding you back and help you find the confidence to make small tangible steps to achieve your creative dreams and ambitions no matter how big.

In Northern Ireland, there is a mentality that seemingly is ingrained in our culture of making ourselves small. Especially for women in the creative industries. There aren’t many spaces made for us to flourish and grow in a way that fits our needs. Enterprise support is generally based around high growth businesses rather than value led businesses that fit our personal goals and ambitions. Perhaps you want to run a lifestyle business and be able to work anywhere in the world, maybe you need to balance business with family life, maybe you only need a part-time income, perhaps you want to pursue your passion or maybe you want to grow a sustainable value-led business that creates good quality employment opportunities within your local town or city. There are many reasons people want to work for themselves and start their own business. This course will give you space and time to help you to define your personal values and vision and goals for the future and a plan for how to get there.

We are on a life-long mission to change that here in Northern Ireland where we want to break down barriers for women and creatively find solutions to make a difference within ourselves.

This course will provide a ‘space’ for women that are yearning to create deeper connections with themselves, to come together in a supportive environment and take the time to understand what they really want to do and the first steps to take to make this happen.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

This course is for creative women that want to take their dreams/ideas/concepts/current business/ideas to the next level. It is a creative approach to taking control and accountability for your life and going for what you want to do.

This course is about sharing experiences, hearing other people’s stories and collectively working to help each other to grow and build in a supportive and nurturing environment. This course offers a different perspective and most importantly space and time for you to focus on yourself your hopes and ambitions and how to manifest your dreams taking a creative approach and giving you practical tools to break down what you want to accomplish and how to start making it a reality.

WHY ARE WE OFFERING THIS COURSE?

We are providing this course because we feel that it is important to create space in your life to sit down and plan out what you want to do. To take the time to evaluate what is holding you back from manifesting the dreams & ambitions that you have always wanted. We also know from our own experiences how hard it is to take the time out of busy lives to work on yourself and also how hard it is to work in isolation. This course will provide you with some much needed time and space to focus on yourself within a supportive shared environment of like-minded creative women.

We will provide :

  • A welcoming space and supportive environment
  • Refreshments
  • Workshop tools including: – Post It Notes, Paper, Pens & Notebooks, an organizational guide of resources and Womenfolk Manifestation Worksheets

WEEK 1 : VALUES & AMBITION

Week 1 will be an introduction to the group, the 4 week course and highlighting our personal stories. We will be asking everyone what they hope to get out of the course, and tailor the 4 weeks to their desired outcomes.

We will be introducing ourselves, Esther Mogada from Creating A Space & Christine James from Blick Studios who will be leading the course. We will share our stories and journeys within the creative industries. Discuss why we wanted to create this course, why we think it’s important and what our intentions are going forward. We will ask the group to share their stories, why they wanted to do the course and what they hope to get out of it.

We will then move on to working collectively on establishing our personal values and ambitions.

Probably the most important part of this course as your personal values will dictate how you choose to live your life and your creative and business plans and ambitions. We will do this by asking questions like “What is your dream lifestyle? “, “What do you enjoy?”, “What are you good at?”, “What is your definition of success?”, “What is important to you in life?” “what are your values?” and “what is your overall dream?” to get you to really think about your own personal values and ambitions.

This is so important yet it can be so hard to create space and time in our busy lives to do and can be tough to do alone. So often we just keep going in the same direction, doing the same thing as we don’t have time to think about it or work out what we really want to do and how to get there.

WEEK 2 : VISION – DEFINING AMBITIONS & INTENTIONS

Week 2 we will be working on defining our ambitions, establishing our vision for the future and begin breaking down our big dream ambitions into realistic short, medium and long-term tangible goals and intentions. We will ask everyone to write everything down on post it notes, and to really get used to planning out projects and writing down goals and intentions.

We will talk about the romanticism of time and creativity, versus the reality of what that looks like. We will also cover how important it is to fail and experiment, and to learn how to normalise failure to incorporate it into your practices. To take away the stigma of failure and see it as a positive tool to learning and growth.

WEEK 3 : CLAIMING YOUR STORY 

Week 3 we will be asking questions about what is holding you back, questioning what narratives are holding you back and how you can make steps to really claim who you are.

So often we hold ourselves back out of fear, or narratives that we tell ourselves without even realising that we are doing it. It will be a week of writing positive affirmations about ourselves.

Asking questions of what narrative we want to create, how do we put it in place and understand the person that we want to be.

We will be touching on how important it is to have people around you that believe in what you are doing, create a positive impact in your life and are able to celebrate you for standing in your truth. We will work on who these people are for you.

WEEK 4 : DREAM BIG & START

Week 4 the final week we will recap everyone’s outcomes of what they have learnt, revisit everyone’s values from week 1 and the vision, goals and intentions that they set on Week 2.

We will talk about themes of perfectionism, and how we can keep the systems and processes simple and just make a start.

We will have limited numbers for the first run of this course! If this course sounds like its for you, book your space today!

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Instagram post 2116839509932315580_295518986 We are excited to introduce our new 2 day retreat called 'The Creative Start-up retreat'.
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Karishma Kusurkar from Karishma’s world and Christine James from Blick Shared Studios will be running a 2 day creative enterprise retreat on the 5th & 6th of October.
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They are aiming to empower and inspire creatives to make their creative business idea a reality. Having worked with creative businesses over the past decade, we wanted to create a tailor-made retreat for those in the creative sector looking to start something new.
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We know that it can be particularly challenging to build a viable business in the creative sector and our hope is that this retreat makes it a little easier to understand how that could be made possible whilst ensuring your creativity is able to flourish.
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Over the weekend retreat, we will focus on 4 key areas:
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Values & Vision – understanding your values, vision and goals and how these will impact your creative business.
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Your Customer Journey – understanding your customers’ values and needs, ensuring your business meets their needs and learning how to communicate with potential customers before, during and beyond launching a product or service.
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Business idea & Skills – refining your business idea, products & services, understanding your USP, pricing your work, networking and making connections and managing your finances.
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Communicating with your customers – creating a brand with integrity (visuals, words & actions), building an online presence that works (website, social media etc.) and presenting your work in person (sales, pitching & presentations)
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At the end of the retreat participants will leave with a completed values and vision board, creative enterprise toolkit (useful resources & templates) and a creative business action plan.
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The full course will cost £80.
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Visit our website to book your space today!
https://www.blickstudios.org/events/creative-start-up-retreat/
Instagram post 2115998541142080506_295518986 We are excited to announce our next event that is happening on the 10th September titled :
SME’s Survival – Unlocking Your Business Potential With Your Customers Perspective
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SME’s face significant challenges today. Accessing new customers and retaining existing customers is hard work. This is because customers today are spoiled for choice and have more options to choose from than ever before. But also, because habits are constantly changing as technology evolves around us.
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This session is about offering SME’s practical tools that they can use for their business to help them access their customer, understand who they are and their habits. The more you understand about your customer, the more opportunities for you to increase revenue from different customer markets. Markets that you’re missing at the moment because the needs of certain customer groups is unknown to you.
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There are only 10 places* available so booking fairly early on is essential. To book, https://elizabethmeehan.typeform.com/to/DD2lAM
- *2 persons from each SME allowed.
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This session forms part of USER-FACTOR a three-year project funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme, aiming to strengthen innovation in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It is offered free but, offering the latest thinking in, it is worth £265
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Location: Blick Shared Studio, 46 Hill St
Date & Time: 10th September, 6-9pm
Booking: see link above and complete short form
Further queries: info@coffeenosugar.co.uk
Cost: freeImage credit: Roman Krafhttps://www.blickstudios.org/events/smes-survival-unlocking-your-business-potential-with-your-customers-perspective/
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Instagram post 2115282133206946786_295518986 Lovely quiet Wednesday in our Hill Street studio
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Instagram post 2111617219678217269_295518986 Definitely another day for hiding away in the studio!
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Instagram post 2111149338196879600_295518986 Not long until the weekend now. Hope everyone’s having a great week so far!
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Instagram post 2110923671513377902_295518986 Join us on the 5th of October as we team up with local illustrator Danni Gowdy for our first illustration workshop for children aged 5-9 years.
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Danni illustrated childrens book "Teach Your Giraffe to Ski" and is using this as the theme for the first workshop. Children will learn how to draw a skiing giraffe using a step by step guide, create fun and authentic backgrounds of ski slopes, trees , sun & clouds and learn how to choose colours and add finishing touches to bring their illustrations to life.
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The workshop costs £10 and it will be held on the 5th October at Blick Studios Malone road. For more information and to book a space, please visit https://www.blickstudios.org/events/blick-illustration-club-ages-5-9-years/
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Instagram post 2110198553879381203_295518986 There is something beautiful about the Malone Blick Studios on a rainy day. There is always beautiful light that inspires us to keep working on a rainy day like this!
Hope everyone can stay dry and cosy today!
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#blickstudios #creativeworkspace #belfast #creativestudios #creativestartups #light #beauty #inspiration
Instagram post 2109675099606476132_295518986 Beautiful light in our Hill Street studio this afternoon
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#cathedralquarter #belfast #cosy #northernireland #architecture #photography #photographer #interiordesign #belfastcreatives #explorebelfast #sharedworkspace #sharedstudio #workspace #coworking #creative #creativeindustries #design #nidesign #CQBelfast #plants #studio #plantstagram #plantsmakepeoplehappy
Instagram post 2108867157839736801_295518986 New Blog: 'Know Your Values' to help you create a successful creative business/career and the life you want (link in bio) #blickstudios #TOPTIPS #businessownerslife #businesstips
Instagram post 2108791789753680063_295518986 New Plants 🌱🌿😍 #blickstudios #blickmalone #plants #officeplants #succulents #creativespace #coworkingspace #sharedspace
Instagram post 2105885617497293892_295518986 The Cathedral Quarter looking beautiful, even on the greyest of days
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Instagram post 2105074809410188110_295518986 Beautiful bright start in Belfast this morning ☀️
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Instagram post 2104592708105808549_295518986 Front row seats at this afternoon’s thunder and lightning storm up in our Hill Street mezzanine!
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Instagram post 2100766901906416674_295518986 Hello August! ☀️
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#walktowork #belfast #lovebelfast #cathedralquarter #CQBelfast #ireland #northernireland #explore #travel #graffiti #wallart #art #artist #artwork #painting #design #creative #city #nidesign #cityscape #belfastcreatives #citylife #urban #loveireland #colour
Instagram post 2100111725943937463_295518986 Bit of a grey day in Belfast today, but nice and bright here in our Hill Street studio!
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Instagram post 2100055564540592714_295518986 Our next Blick Animation club workshop for kids 6-14 is on Saturday 28th September 2-4pm.
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The last sessions where almost booked out so don't miss your chance to book your tickets for any budding animators in your family. Tickets can be booked on our website https://www.blickstudios.org/events/blick-animation-club/
Instagram post 2099358049336010687_295518986 6 WEEKS TO GO!
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We are excited to announce Blick Academy Squarespace 4 Week course on the 11th September to the 2nd October in Blick Studios.
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The course will be lead by @two_digs_studio and he will be covering a range of different tips and information on how to build a Squarespace website.
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He speaks about what is needed on your website, and maintaining a strong visual consistency that represents your idea, business or concept for the world to see.
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If this sounds like something you would be interested in, check out our website for more information of what will be happening over the 4 Weeks! Spaces are starting to be booked up, so make sure you book your space and not miss out on this incredible course!  https://www.blickstudios.org/events/blick-academy-squarespace-course/
Instagram post 2096622020816412395_295518986 Blick team meeting with @emogada who is helping with events and marketing @gemmaoneill who is helping us with social media and bits and pieces in the Cathedral Quarter sadly minus @rosysjames who is off on maternity at the minute. Esther and Gemma are both also Blick residents so show the best bits of Blick and have a good understanding of Blick and the work we do. Such a joy to work with them both #blickstudios #blickteam #teamwork #collaboration #creatives #belfastcreatives
Instagram post 2094996131217319119_295518986 #MeetTheResidents
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We got to catch up with our Hill Street resident @gemmaoneill, who has also joined the Blick Team doing social media photographs for us in the Cathedral Quarter.
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They gave us a really lovely and honest interview about their work creative balance. Gemma is a great asset to the team and gave us a lovely interview. To read the full article, you can read it at https://www.blickstudios.org/meet-the-resident/meettheresident-gemma-oneill/
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Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine and getting time to slow down and appreciate.
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Happy Wednesday!
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#blick #blickresidents #creativeworkspaces #belfast
Instagram post 2094944397136736605_295518986 Always something to see in Belfast! Love our walk to work. What does everyone else see on theirs?
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#walktowork #belfast #lovebelfast #cathedralquarter #cqbelfast #ireland #northernireland #explorebelfast #explore #discoverni #trekkingni #niexplorer #travel #architecture #graffiti #wallart #art #artist #artwork #painting #design #creative #city #nidesign #cityscape #belfastcreatives #citylife #urban #loveireland #colour
Instagram post 2094448922427985210_295518986 An afternoon spent tending to our office plants in our Malone studios. The perfect job for this weather when it's too nice to sit at your desk 🌱 #🌿 #officeplants #indoorplants #indoorgardening #procrastination #plants #plantsmakepeoplehappy #blickmalone #blickstudios #creativespace #creativeworkspace #coworkingspace
Instagram post 2094431994435189326_295518986 Lovely bright Tuesday in our Hill Street studio ☀️
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Instagram post 2093704590368527889_295518986 Hope everyone has had a good start to the week so far today!
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Instagram post 2090784455693582266_295518986 So nice to have a chat with these two clever ladies today (@karishmasworld  @kyliekai) and hear more about their @atinyhistory project! Looking forward to their talk at @belfastprintworkshop on Tuesday too!
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#illustration #illustrator #design #designer #history #collaboration #storytelling #kyliechan #karishmakusurkar #karishmasworld #print #atinyhistory #belfast #ireland #northernireland #art #artist #sharedstudio #cathedralquarter #exlplorebelfast #blickstudios #femalecreatives
Instagram post 2090710596416052545_295518986 We are very excited for the continuous journey of Blick. It is always good to take a moment to reflect on how far you've come and now that we are in the last half of 2019, we are evaluating how to improve and reach our goals.
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Collaboration here at Blick is a vital part of our creative process and something that we advocate here in Belfast. In our blog ' 11 Year Lessons' we share our longstanding collaborative relationships with different creative individuals such as @seedheadarts for our Faculty Workshops, @creatingaspace for our Time is Now events, @infinitejestcomedy & @karishmakusurkar for our podcast @stbdpodcast , @shesaid_design for @womenfolk.co and many individuals and organisations for @belfastdesignwk .
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To read the full article on our website, visit https://www.blickstudios.org/blog-posts/11-year-lessons-blog-2/
Instagram post 2090677816336418969_295518986 Sun is shining and not the worst message to come across on the way to the studio this morning!
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