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Blick Studios - Hill Street, Belfast

We offer dedicated desks (just for use by you) within studios with limited residents (we have reduced capacity and rearranged our layout to ensure social distancing and minimise numbers) and private studio spaces of different sizes.

Workspace Availability

We currently have 2 dedicated deskspaces available in our Hill St studios. Desks are £150 per calendar month for 1 desk, £250 per calendar month for both desks. These prices are all includive (rent, rates, utilities, wifi and 24 hour access) and there is no VAT. Get in touch or email christine@blickstudios.org for more info

Eligibility

The vision of Blick Shared Studios is to focus on the needs of creative industry businesses.  We want to help the creative industries grow in Northern Ireland, to be eligible for taking workspace within Blick you need to be working within the creative industries. Falling within the UK’s definition of the creative industries – ‘those industries that are based on individual creativity, skill and talent with the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing intellectual property’ – includes thirteen sectors: advertising, architecture, the art and antiques market, crafts, design, designer fashion, film, interactive leisure software (ie. video games), music, the performing arts, publishing, software, and television and radio. You will be asked to complete a short application form to ensure your eligibility before taking a space at Blick.


The Workspace

We offer dedicated desks (just for use by you) within studios with limited residents (we have reduced capacity and rearranged our layout to ensure social distancing and minimise numbers) and private studio spaces of different sizes.

Our Studios at 46 Hill Street, housed in an airy converted warehouse, offer creative workspace in the heart of the cathedral quarter.  At 46 Hill Street we offer private and shared workspace to over 20 small and start up creative businesses.

The space we offer is fully serviced, flexible, furnished and affordable. Our prices are all inclusive including rent, rates, utilities and 100mb Broadband. You can also enjoy the dedicated breakout spaces for getting away from your desk or meeting clients.

Taking a space at Blick Studios is more than just a physical space it’s about meeting and working alongside like minded people, collaborating, learning and sharing experiences.

 

Directions

Located in Belfast City Centre, our Hill Street Studio is down the street from the Harp Bar, the Black Box and the Duke of York. Whilst Hill St. is a cobblestone, pedestrian walkway, there is plenty of parking nearby. Street parking (free after 6pm and all day Sunday) is located on all surrounding streets, or St. Anne’s Square multi-story car park is a 1-3 min. walk away, whilst more cost effective daily parking rates can be found in the car parks on Corporation Street, Frederick Street or Little Donegal Street behind Belfast Central Library.


Workspace Prices

Our buildings are fully serviced and furnished, and our prices are inclusive of rent, rates, utilities, broadband and use of communal meeting spaces, making renting an office simple.

Shared Workspace Prices

  • £150 per individual desk-space per month
    (We usually offer discounts for renting multiple desks)

Private Office space costs

Prices for our Hill Street Studios start from £460 for an office for up to 4 people. Email info@blickstudios.org for costs of specific office spaces.

Why choose Blick?

Blick is a local, independent social enterprise offering affordable shared workspace, events, services and support for creatives in Belfast. Choosing Blick means your money goes to support the local economy and the creative industries in Northern Ireland.

We have over 10 years experience providing workspace for creatives. We know what we are doing and can be relied upon to provide a professional service as well as being friendly and approachable.

Our spaces have been designed by creatives for creatives and offer quiet, intimate working spaces in buildings with character and charm to allow for productivity and creativity as well as community and collaboration. We aim to keep our services as affordable as possible so don’t offer free coffee/tea/ additional perks just try to offer really good service in nice spaces with nice people.

We currently have three buildings in Belfast, two in Belfast’s vibrant and creative Cathedral Quarter area close to Belfast School of Art and the other in leafy South Belfast near Queens University Belfast. Both areas are lively and safe and have good access to local amenities (coffee shops, cafes, bars and cultural buildings including The Mac in the Cathedral Quarter and The Ulster Museum and botanic gardens in South Belfast).

Hill Street Workspace FAQs

How long is the membership agreement?

Membership Agreements are for a minimum of 3 months followed by a rolling month by month contract.

What's included in my membership?

Rent, Rates, Heating, Electricity, High Speed Broadband, Office Furniture, use of Kitchen, Building maintenance, Cleaning of common areas, 24 hour access (There is no VAT payable).

What are the payment terms?

We require 1 months rent to be paid by bank transfer as deposit to secure the space. This deposit will then be returned by bank transfer when you move out and have returned your keys and left your workspace clean and tidy without alterations. The first months rent will be due to be paid by bank transfer at the start of your rental term and invoiced thereafter on a monthly basis.

Will I have full meeting and boardroom access?

Unfortunately we don’t have a meeting room within our Hill Street studios, but the facilities within our Malone studios can be accessed free of charge by Hill Street Blick residents, but is subject to booking and availability.

Will I have access to car parking?

We do not offer any free parking at our Hill Street Studios but there is paid on street parking in the surrounding streets and a number of car parks a short walk away, affordable daily parking is available on Corporation Street, Lancaster Street and Little Donegal Street and you can also park within St Anne’s Square Belfast.

What are the opening hours?

Our Hill Street studios are open 24 hours for residents to access.

Will I get any extra services e.g. reception, telephone answering or photocopying?

We don’t provide any extra services, we prefer to keep things simple and keep costs down for our resident businesses and put any profits we make back into supporting the local creative economy through free creative business support events and workshops.

How much do deskspaces and offices in Hill Street cost?

Our buildings are fully serviced and furnished, and our prices are inclusive of rent, rates, utilities, broadband and use of communal meeting spaces, making renting an office simple.

Shared Workspace Prices Hill Street

  • £150 per individual desk-space
    (We usually offer discounts for renting multiple desks)

Private Office space costs Hill Street

Our private offices start from £20 per sqft per annum, but vary depending on size. Email christine@blickstudios.org for costs of specific office spaces

What if I don’t see what I want on your website?

Please get in touch with us, we try to be flexible where we can to meet individual business needs so either give us a call or drop us an email to christine@blickstudios.org with what you are looking for and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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    #blickstudios on
    We are delighted to be part of the @nerve_centre  Spring Into the Creative Industries Programme with 'A Time is Now' panel discussion on diversity in the creative industries for at 6.30pm next Monday for International Women's Day.

 The Time is Now is a collaborative project by Blick Shared Studios and @creatingaspace focusing on honest and meaningful conversations between early stage creative entrepreneurs. This event is produced in collaboration with @womenfolk.co @belfastdesignwk  and hosted by @nerve_centre

EVENT DETAILS

A vibrant and timely discussion on the urgent need for greater diversity in the creative industries in Northern Ireland.
Join our panel of female creatives and innovators on International Women’s Day as they bring a wealth of life and professional experience to this vital conversation about diversity in the creative industries.

Hosted by Esther Mogada from Creating A Space, this event will see Emily Searle, Sorcha Ní Cheallaigh and Margaret Watiri share their perspectives on the current make-up of the creative sector in Northern Ireland and their ideas on how we can improve diversity within these industries.

This issue is long-standing in the creative industries, and is reflected in the visible absence of a diversity of gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation and socio-economic backgrounds among leadership roles in particular.

The creative industries are vital to the Northern Irish economy. As the sector we rely on to create and sell us ideas, content and products, diversity is arguably most important here so that we can understand and create things of value that reflect society as a whole.

https://www.blickstudios.org/events/the-time-is-now-diversity-in-the-creative-industries-panel/
    Next in our series of @womenfolk.co Dig Deep events is 'A DIY Guide on Instagram' on Sat 13th March from 10.00am - 12.00pm featuring the lovely @laurentaylorcreates and our own Blick resident @dannisimpsonart

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The aim of this event is to help you gain knowledge of how to build a brand or business on Instagram through hearing the story & journey of Lauren Taylor and Danni Simpson. They will be sharing their insights on how they have built their business, how they have built their brand and how they navigate growing their audience and business on Instagram.

https://www.blickstudios.org/events/a-diy-guide-to-instagram-with-lauren-taylor-danni-simpson/
    Next in our series of @womenfolk.co Dig Deep events is 'A DIY Guide on Photographing Your Work' next Wed evening 6.30 - 7.30pm full details below

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We understand how hard it can be to know the basics of photography and we wanted to create a workshop that covered the basics and that you can walk away with tips and tools that you can implement straight away. 

We will be covering: 

-Basics of photography - creating a strong focal point, using exposure and white balance to get your images right, working with natural light

-Telling a visual story with your images 

-Different types of set up - plain backdrop, editorial styling and flat lay. 

-Editing your images - using software to improve your photos

-Images for print and web use 

- Backing up and storing your image catalogue

Get your ticket at 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-diy-guide-on-photographing-your-work-with-carrie-davenport-tickets-141958777525?keep_tld=1
    Blue Skies. Spring is definitely in the air. What a lovely start to the week
    The tiniest bit of spring in the air in the Cathedral Quarter this afternoon. Fingers crossed things are starting to look up and these streets will be busy with people again in the not too distant future!
    We have this great online event on setting up a website yourself for your creative business on Sat 20th Feb part of our @womenfolk.co Dig Deep Programme but open to all to attend

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A DIY Guide on Creating Your Own Website

The aim of this event is to help you become knowledgeable in getting started with understanding how to set up your own website DIY style.

We will be covering:

– What is important to include on a website ( information, photographs & copy)

– How to make your website user friendly & accessible

– Practical tips on using different platforms such as Squarespace

– Domain names

– SEO

– Planning content

– Consistency

– Products to display

– Logistics of the backend of selling online through a website

As a creative, it can be hard to know where to start or what to include when creating your own website for your creative business or personal project.

This is a DIY workshop to help you get started on your own. This event will help you understand how to design the website you want, the tools on how to create it and a clearer understanding of how to navigate the different platforms available.

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OVERVIEW

The workshop will be split into two sections. The first part of the workshop will be facilitated by Karishma Kusurkar @karishmasworld who will be giving us practical tools on how to create a website and using Squarespace as an example of how to use it.

The second half of the workshop will be led by Emma Jackson of @hunterpaperco and @huntandgatherbelfast who will be giving us a presentation of how she built her own business and website herself.

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WHO IS THIS FOR?

This event is for anyone that is looking to set up a website for their creative business.

Whether you already have a website and are looking for tips to navigate the platforms or update your current website, or you are someone just starting out and needing a push to get started, this is for you.

https://www.blickstudios.org/events/a-diy-guide-to-setting-up-a-website-with-karishma-kusurkar-emma-jackson/
    We have a great new online event this Wednesday evening on creating your own brand. It's part of our @womenfolk.co Dig Deep programme, but open to all to attend and is kindly supported by Ulster Bank so is free to attend. Tickets can be booked through our website:

https://www.blickstudios.org/events/a-diy-guide-on-creating-your-own-brand-with-karishma-kusurkar/

Full event details are below and on our website (link in profile) 

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A DIY GUIDE ON CREATING YOUR OWN BRAND WITH KARISHMA KUSURKAR

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

6:30 PM 8:00 PM

AIMS

The aim of this event is to help you become knowledgeable in getting started with understanding how to set up your own brand DIY style.

We will be covering how to create your own logo, what font to use, and what important things you need to include in setting up your own brand.

As a creative, it can be hard to know where to start when designing your own brand, especially at the beginning as you may not have the finances to pay for a professional graphic designer to put it together.

WHO THIS IS FOR

Whether you are just starting out in business, wanting to create a personal brand, or need a refresher on how to create a brand, this is for you.

We wanted to create an event where you can walk away with practical tools that you can apply and implement into your brand.

This is a DIY workshop to help you get started on your own. Even if you are planning to pay for a professional, you may not know what is required to ask for, so in this workshop, we will be covering the following:

A simple break down of what branding is

Brand Guidelines

Typography

Brand Identity - what is a brand identity, what is it used for, and what is in it?

Logo ( how to create a logo that translates well throughout various platforms, what format it should be in, where your logo will be placed, where it needs to be,

Fonts ( what fonts are suitable & what they communicate)

This event will be facilitated by @karishmasworld
    We have put together lots of free business and self-care resources for creative businesses as part of our @womenfolk.co Dig Deep Programme. We will be adding more content each week, to help you on your business journey

https://www.womenfolk.co/dig-deep-resources1
    Looking forward to having our spaces filled with busy creatives again. Hopefully in the not too distant future
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We just wanted to wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! ⁠
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What a year it has been, with everything going on. We hope that you all take the time to relax, and have a well deserved break and slow down over the Christmas season.⁠
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Spend time with your loved ones and stay safe! ⁠
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See you all in 2021!
    Gorgeous sunny start to the week at our Hill St studios 🌞☀️
    All 4 episodes of our @stbdpodcast audio documentary 'The World Turned Upside Down' on the impact of Covid-19 on the creative industries in Northern Ireland are available now for listening on Soundcloud Spotify and iTunes with full details on our blog (link in bio) 

https://www.blickstudios.org/.../small-town-big-dream.../

Big thanks to project co-creators and hosts @karishmasworld and @graeme_theory and academic partner Dr Brian Dixon and project funders FutureScreensNI and @northernirelandscreen
    @belfastdesignwk took place from 2nd-8th November 2020 and included a Pop-Up Design Museum in venues across Belfast city centre with work by commissioned designers.

It was great to see such variety of work from designers & makers, the different types of people collaborating together and the will to keep going and showing up, despite how testing 2020 has been. 

The theme of Belfast Design Week 2020 was "Environment" and it was great to see the broad spectrum of how people interpreted the theme within their work. 

Thanks to everyone that joined us and supported us this year!
These are some of the highlights from this year's Belfast Design Week as filmed by @foreversocialweddings
    We are excited to introduce our newest Blick Resident - @dannisimpsonart ⁠
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Danni is an Australian artist who specialises in Commercial murals and Illustrations. Her style is an urban fusion of detailed floral illustrations where wildlife clashes with architecture and typography, sprinkled through with dashes of art deco and mandala patterns.⁠
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Danni has a side project, The Creatives Market which showcases local NI Makers and Creators will be holding a virtual Black Friday Christmas Market to encourage people to Shop Small and local this year. ⁠
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Head over to her page today to check it out or visit her website at www.dannisimpsonart.com⁠
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Be sure to check out the full interview on our website https://www.blickstudios.org/meettheresidents/meettheresident-danni-simpson/⁠
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    Filming this week in our main room in our Malone studios which is currently available to rent hourly or for the day or evening, prices and info on our website or get in touch for more info

#creativespace #creativeworkspace #coworkingspace #creativehub #workspace #studiospace #Belfast #southbelfast
    We had some gorgeous light shinning on our Malone Road studio this morning! Feels like the last of those crisp autumnal mornings before winter arrives!
    Monday morning vibes at our Cotton Court Studios! ⁠
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We love how different all of our different studio spaces are but still have the same feel about them. ⁠
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We make sure in all studio spaces that there is a relaxing communal place for everyone to come together ( socially distanced of course). ⁠
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#blickstudios #creativespaces⁠
    We've got that Friday feeling at our Hill Street Studios! We hope that you all have a great weekend and keep cozy!
    The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact across the globe across all industries.

As a creative business-focused organization, we wanted to understand how other creatives have been affected by the pandemic as well as how they have coped with the situation that has been forced upon us.

The toolkit provides an insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the creative industries in Northern Ireland and gives practical advice and guidance on how to stay positive during this period of uncertainty.

The toolkit was compiled by Dr. Brian Dixon Ulster University from evidence gathered from the Small Town Big Dreams audio documentary ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ about the impact of the pandemic on NI creatives.

To get access to the toolkit, click the link in our bio and it can be downloaded or visit our website at www.blickstudios.org
    Very sad to see the Cathedral Quarter so empty on a Saturday evening 😥