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My Block

My Block celebrates and showcases independent businesses and culture and is supported by Innovate UK.

Dig Deep

Dig Deep was a creative enterprise support program that brought young women (18 – 30) from different backgrounds NI & BAME together in a supportive and nurturing environment over a 9 month period to help them build successful and sustainable creative industry businesses.

Rewriting The Narrative

We’re excited to announce that we are creating a special 4-part audio documentary series exploring the experiences and personal stories of creatives during the Covid-19 crisis.  We’ll be looking at how the last few months have impacted on the work, communities, networks and health of entrepreneurs, freelancers and workers within the creative industry sector in Northern Ireland. We want you – the listeners – to get involved too and we’ll be sharing some call-outs so you can add your voice and tell us your stories!

This project is funded by Future Screens NI and NI Screen as part of their ‘Rewriting the Narrative’ project and co-produced by Blick Shared Studios with Small Town Big Dreams.

The Time is Now

The Time is Now is a collaborative project with Creating a Space focusing on honest and meaningful conversation style events for early stage creative entrepreneurs still on their creative journey.

Flock NI

Flock NI is the new trading arm of Blick. Flock is a company that delivers multidisciplinary creative projects.

Flock brings together the creative talent involved with Blick to work on creative industry projects managed by the team behind Blick Shared Studios.

The Design Salon

A design collective for people in the design industry in Northern Ireland, to discuss projects and plans that are contemporary, cutting-edge and promote design locally and internationally.

Late Night Design

A chance to see behind the scenes of some of Belfast’s most creative design studios and meet and connect with other design industry professionals

Womenfolk

Womenfolk is a project celebrating female design entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland. The project aims to encourage more women to start up their own design businesses through showcasing the profiles of Northern Irish designers, guest blogs, talks, workshops and meet ups.

Blick Academy

Blick Academy is an ongoing series of events and workshops for creative industry start-ups, freelancers and small businesses all about sharing skills and knowledge within the creative community to help people start and grow their creative industry business. Previous workshop topics have included Crowdfunding, Pricing Your Work, Selling Online and Setting up a Website.

Share 6

At Share 6, 6 creative speakers share their stories over 60 minutes on a theme with an audience Q&A at the end.  Previous topics have included “Fashioning the future,” “Made in Northern Ireland” and “Going against the grain.”

NEST Creative Incubation Programme

The NEST program was a bespoke business support program we developed and managed for Eighty81 Creative Workspace in Derry-Londonderry for creative and digital start-ups. The program included affordable workspace, industry mentoring, business planning support and advice and business growth workshops over a 15 month period.

The Burning Question

The Burning Question is a panel discussion with design industry leaders. This interactive event seeks to find out the human element behind businesses through the sharing of stories as well as advice and tips for creative entrepreneurs.

Eighty81 Club for Creative Startups

Eighty81 Club for Creative Startups is a community for startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses in Derry-Londonderry.  It is a series of events including workshops, clinics and case studies with industry professionals sharing their skills and knowledge to help support creative and digital industry startups.

Graduate Entrepreneurs in Residence

The  Graduate Entrepreneurs in Residence programme in Belfast and Derry-Londonderry is designed to support newly graduated designers to develop their business ideas with the help of free studio space and mentorship from an industry expert.

25 Pop Up

25 is a design-led pop up showcasing and retailing independent design brands with products all priced at £25 or under, making it affordable for everyone.  25 Pop Up has been in Blick Shared Studios, Eighty81 Creative Workspace, Indigo Coffee & Gelato and Victoria Square.

Exhibitions at Blick

Exhibitions at Blick include “The Art of the Comic” and “Failures” and aim to support creativity through showcasing local talent and highlighting important areas within creativity and entrepreneurship.

The Faculty

The Faculty is a collaborative project with Seedhead arts offering courses and workshops designed to teach you a new creative skill – be it photography, film-making, street art, flower arranging, stand-up comedy or creative writing.

 

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We have three desks available in Hill St!

Come and work in this beautiful light and airy space.

All desks come fully furnished at £150 per month (inclusive), and are available from February. Get in touch to find out more - christine@blickstudios.org
Belated Happy New year, we are easing ourselves into 2022, looking forward to a new year and fresh beginnings. Finishing off a few bits and pieces, making some new plans and feeling optimistic about the year ahead. Its a beautiful day, full of hope and the possibility of a brighter future after a challenging couple of years. Hope everyone's years have started well and this will be an easier year for everyone
Merry Christmas from everyone here at Blick Studios! 

We are winding down for the festive period and will be back in the New Year with fresh ideas and exciting plans.

Thanks to all our brilliant residents this year for their support, here's to 2022!

- Christine, Rosy and Jenny ✨🎄
Here at Blick we aim to support and promote local creatives in Northern Ireland. 

A number of our fantastic residents are crafting, painting and illustrating artwork that would make a perfect christmas gift for your loved ones! 🎁

@roryquiggillustration
- bespoke illustrations 

@dannisimpsonart
- Northern Irish themed illustrated prints, homeware, clothing 

@autumn.aurelia
- whimsical acrylic jewellery

@wee.nuls
- homeware, accessories, illustrated prints 

@nineteenthirtyatelier
- bespoke men’s shirts and unique accessories

@gallery545online
- contemporary art 

Read more on the blog 👉 link in bio!
Meet Ray Walsh, our newest resident in 46 Hill Street!

Ray is a Graphic Designer working remotely for a design studio based in Birmingham. He shared some brilliant advice for creatives working remotely in our interview on the blog - link in bio!

Check out his passion projects on his Instagram @ray_walsh.jpg

#meettheresident #newresident #blicksharedstudios #hillstreetbelfast #studiolife #sharedspace #coworkingspace
If you're heading to Belfasts Christmas Market, stop by our resident @dannisimpsonart's amazing stall and #supportlocalartists! 

#blicksharedstudios #belfastchristmasmarket #christmas #spendlocalbelfast #illustrator #artist
Some brilliant new street art on Hill street in the Cathedral Quarter. 

If you know the creator please feel free to tag them!

#supportlocalartists #belfastcreatives #belfastcreatives #belfastcathedralquarter #blickstudios #streetart #mural #northernireland
Even with the days shortening, we still get to enjoy the sunset reflections here in the Cathedral Quarter!

#belfast #reflections #cathedralquarter #sunset #blicksharedstudios #sharedspace #studio #belfastcreatives
Did you know our Hill Street studios has a mezzanine level, letting in plenty of natural light for our residents and extra workspace. On the ground floor we have a lovely lounge, kitchen, WCs and more deskspaces.

Hill Street is a beautiful narrow cobbled street that was first dipected on a Belfast map in 1757. It was originally named Pott-House Lane as it housed a pottery shop, meaning Hill Street has always been home to creatives!

#blicksharedstudios #hillstreetbelfast #studiospace #belfastcreatives #belfasthistory #naturallight #workspace #coworkingspace #sharedspace
Autumn has arrived in the Cathedral Quarter ☀️

#blicksharedstudios #autumnlight #autumn #autumncolours #greenspaces #buoyparkbelfast #lunchtimewalks #coworkingspace #studiospace #belfastcreatives #belfast
BELFAST DESIGN WEEK. 

BDW21 theme this year has just been revealed and is "What's on my block?" centering around design and entrepreneurship✨

Sadly we aren't helping to organise the event this year, but our fabulous resident Karishma Kusurkar @karishmasworld is!

Check out the @belfastdesignwk week programme for The Sustainabitilty Series, Meet and Greet events, guest speakers and much more to be revealed. Link in their bio!

BDW is running from 1-7 November and beyond. Get your tickets now!

#belfastdesignweek #blicksharedstudios #design #designentrepreneur #belfastcreatives #celebratedesign #localdesign #spendlocal #spendlocalbelfast #belfast
Happy Friday when you get to play with plants as part of your job
Cobbles, sunlight and flowers ☀️🌸

#hillstreetbelfast #blicksharedstudios #belfastcathedralquarter #cobbledstreets #sunlight #flowers #autumnlight #belfast #studiospace #belfastcreatives
Gorgeous morning light streaming into Cotton Court. Happy Monday!

#blicksharedstudios #morninglight #sunnyday #mondaymotivation #belfastcathedralquarter #belfastcreatives #coworkingspace #cottoncourt
A warm welcome to our newest resident Lyndsay Walker ✨

Lyndsay is a freelance presentation designer working in the pharmaceutical industry who loves the challenge, flexibility and freedom of being her own creative director and has been self employed for almost 20 years in various creative industries. 

We are delighted to welcome her into our Cotton Court Studios.

Read more about Lyndsays business and what inspires her on our blog - link in bio!

#meettheresident #blicksharedstudios #belfastcathedralquarter #belfastcreatives #freelance #studiospace #coworkingspace #welcome #belfast
What a beautiful sunny September evening ☀️ hope everyone is out making the most of it before the winter
The perfect spot for lunch in the Cathedral Quarter surrounded by lots of lovely colours 🌿🌸🌼

#buoyparkbelfast #blicksharedstudios #belfastcathedralquarter #belfastcreatives #greenspaces #lunchtimewalks
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

#blicksharedstudios #roomhire #belfast #maloneroadbelfast #pilates
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

#virtualservices #post #belfastcitycentre #lovebelfast #blicksharedstudios #belfastcreatives