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The Time is Now : A Blick Studios and Inspire The Sound collaboration

Date: 26/06/2017 | Location: The Green Room, The Black Box, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA

​The Time is Now : A Blick Studios and Inspire The Sound collaboration
Free Admission (booking available below)
18.30-20.30
The Green Room, The Black Box, Belfast BT1 2LA

The Time is Now.
 
We can feel the energy flying about. People are beginning to feel inspired to pursue all that they want, to push themselves forward and to create what they want to see outside the norms of traditional creative practices. The aim of this event is to open up a conversation with each other, to connect with each other in an honest, vulnerable way and also just to bring people together to know that we are all on the same boat! It is an exciting time to be here in Belfast because the creative scene is starting to take off and we want to be a part of that conversation.
 
Our guest panel will discuss their creative journeys, their struggles, the reality of creating your own career and understanding your own creative process to be valid. We often hear from established designers at talks and forums and we feel that there needs to be a discussion about the beginning of starting your creative journey, the middle of where you are at, finding the balance and understanding that it is okay to be where you are right now! Our panel will include designers from a diverse range of fields and of different ages. The common thread that ties us all together is the hardships of the journey. We just want to open up that conversation and see where it takes us.

 

The Time is Now. 

We can feel the energy flying about.  People are beginning to feel inspired to pursue all that they want, to push themselves forward and to create what they want to see outside the norms of traditional creative practices. The aim of this event is to open up a conversation with each other, to connect with each other in an honest, vulnerable way and also just to bring people together to know that we are all on the same boat! It is an exciting time to be here in Belfast because the creative scene is starting to take off and we want to be a part of that conversation.

Our guest panel will discuss their creative journeys, their struggles, the reality of creating your own career and understanding your own creative process to be valid. We often hear from established designers at talks and forums and we feel that there needs to be a discussion about the beginning of starting your creative journey, the middle of where you are at, finding the balance and understanding that it is okay to be where you are right now! Our panel will include designers from a diverse range of fields and of different ages. The common thread that ties us all together is the hardships of the journey. We just want to open up that conversation and see where it takes us.

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Speakers:

Lucy Graham // Freelance Creative // Intern for I AM MODELS

“My name is Lucy Graham, I’m 21 year old, and I’ve just completed my second year of Fashion and Textile design on the Belfast Art College. I intern for IAM models whom I do events management, styling, photography and communications. I guess what you could call a freelance creative. My passion is seeing creatives brought together in Belfast, to push forward to make our city its own place in its own right. To be put on the map as somewhere that people visit because of what is happening NOW. Not what happened in re past.”

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Malachy McCrudden //  Portrait & Documentary Photographer

Malachy McCrudden is a photographer from Belfast, he graduated with a degree in printmaking in 2012. Malachy has been shortlisted for National Geographic, Magnum and The Royal Photographic Society respectively and work featured in several exhibitions and publications. His work is best described as Documentary and Portraiture and lately his work has been developing in black and white. Malachy is interested in stories, he documents things around him which have a background and a history, his work has heavily been inspired by human rights and the want to be part of a social change.

Currently you will find Malachy packing his bags to head to Russia for the Street Child World Summit, it is with this charity he has travelled across the world and documented the events held in which all the children competing were once homeless. He believes in the power of the media and has long been active in the community both locally and internationally, using his passion for photography to shed a light on human rights violations, poverty, injustice and to encourage legislative change.

Malachy’s work highly emotive and often his images are haunting as well as beautiful, his photographs often are a contrast between the darkest shadows and highlights he creates upon his subject. In the future Malachy will continue his work with homeless children and he is also currently working on a series of portraits of local makers and artists in Belfast who are excelling in their field and inspiring his own practice.

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Daryl Jones // Streetwear Fashion Designer for Inspire The Sound

“Co-founder of Inspire the Sound with a background in fashion construct and print. I’m inspired by simplicity and madness combined and draw my inspiration from our wee city.”

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Ronan Lunney // Graphic Designer // Owner of Two Digs Studio

“Through my studio called Two Digs, I am a graphic designer currently living and working in Belfast. Working with clients across various sectors I aim to create effective yet minimal print and digital design. With every project I take on, I always try to break the mould — whether this is through the outcome of the design itself or just by creating something that deviates from the norm. With a plan to continue creating contemporary design, I am also keen to explore more personal projects with this same mind set.”

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Aileen McEwen // Painter

“My name is Aileen McEwen and I am a painter and am also pursuing a career in collections care in the heritage sector.  I studied painting at Glasgow School of Art. My paintings are figurative and explore illusion, reality and authenticity. I am also drawn to engage with the connection between femaleness and creativity. I find inspiration in colour, detail and atmospheric spaces, the current revival in figurative painting, and what you all post on Instagram.”

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Esther Mogada

Co founder of Inspire The sound & Co Founder of Creating a Space // Co-host of The Time is Now!

“I have a Textile Print for Fashion background and am passionate about the process of creating. When it comes to my art, I draw my inspiration from the graffiti streets of Belfast. I feel that I am able to approach print in an unconventional way and love not being restrained to a specific way of printing. Marking making, colour and textures inform my process and it really creates a sense of freedom within my work.

I am very passionate about exploring the process of how people engage with creativity & vulnerability. I feel like there are not a lot of public platforms where people have the opportunity to have a conversation to share their creative journey and where they are at within themselves.

This is where “The time is now” was born. It was based on the feeling that I want to see more platforms where people can connect with each other, create a safe space for people to share and continue building creative networks. It is an exciting time to be in Belfast right now as there is this creative energy flowing about and it is time to really push to create all that we want to do. I am excited to be hosting this event because I want to hold a space where we can be vulnerable, where we can be real and just fuel good conversations. I know for myself I always walk away feeling inspired when I have had a conversation that I connect with and just gives me that extra courage to persue what I want to create.”

 


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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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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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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 🔗

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Link in bio!

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"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! 

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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/

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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

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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/ 

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

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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. 

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@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