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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

DATE: Saturday 12th October

TIME: 2.00 PM – 5.00 PM

VENUE: Blick Studios, 51 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6RY

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

DATE: Saturday 19th October

TIME: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

VENUE: Blick Studios, 51 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6RY

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 

DATE: Saturday 26th October

TIME: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

VENUE: Blick Studios, 51 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6RY

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

DATE: Saturday 12 October

TIME: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

VENUE: Blick Studios, 46 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LB

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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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! 

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

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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

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✨ 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