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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.

 

Design Business Bootcamp

The Design Business Bootcamp is a short course with a leading design expert to develop design startups and give them the support and ideas for the next steps of their businesses.

Design Startup: Build Your Own

Design Startup is a 3 day business start-up program covering three of the key elements of getting your business off the ground – ideation, prototyping and selling your work.  This series of taster workshops allows startups to start planning these elements for their own business idea and get a business idea off the ground within a short but focused period of time.

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A DIY GUIDE ON SALES & SELLING

WED 5th MAY

6.30 - 8.00pm

This workshop will be facilitated by Emma Johnston of @hunterpaperco  and Lisa Smyth of @shesaid_design . Two women from different creative business backgrounds, with very different business models sharing their story and offering advice and guidance on how they generate sales within their business followed by a Q&A session at the end.

What we will be covering:

Getting your business in front of potential customers

How to present yourself & business

How to sell your business products/services

Techniques on building confidence

Communication as a business

Navigating money & payment

Building relationships with clients

Sign up the link in our bio
Creatives During Coronavirus One Year On, Upcoming Sales & Selling Workshop & Private Studio Space
CREATIVES DURING CORONAVIRUS: ONE YEAR ON 

Join us online with @theblackboxbelfast  next Monday 26th April at 8pm for “Creatives During Coronavirus: One Year On” with a selection of our fabulous guests from 2020!

During the summer of 2020, the team behind the Small Town Big Dreams podcast made a 4-part audio documentary called The World Turned Upside Down, profiling how creative entrepreneurs from across the creative industries had been impacted by the first unimaginable months of the Covid-19 lockdown in Northern Ireland.

One year on from the start of the pandemic, Small Town Big Dreams returns with an online event to catch-up with some of those who participated in the documentary, and to see how they now feel about the experiences of the past year, and what they are hoping for in the months and years ahead.

Join podcast hosts Karishma Kusurkar and Graeme Watson for what will be a fascinating discussion about the creative industries as we move in to a ‘new normal’, featuring special guests:
– Patricia McGinnis ( Maven - @wearemaven_) 
– Shannon Delores O’Neill ( Sister Ghost
/ Girls Rock School Northern Ireland - @sister_ghost) 
– Tessa Ann ( Sound Healing Spa)
– Ryan Ward ( Take Two Studio @taketwostudio) 

Small Town Big Dreams is a podcast and podcast channel produced by Blick Shared Studios, and is available on all good podcast apps. For more information, visit the website here: www.smalltownbigdreams.co.uk

This event is generously supported by the @theblackboxbelfast

Running time: 50 mins interview + 20 mins Q&A with audience via Zoom

The event is free, but register online at the Black Box website to attend details on the events and workshops section of our website
Blue skies and spring sunshine transforming the Cathedral Quarter this morning
Lovely to have the main room in our Malone studios back in use with @creatingaspace doing some filming
Upcoming Free Workshops on LinkedIn and Social Media Marketing
Perfect Easter holiday weather in the Cathedral Quarter today. Lovely spring flowers 💐 as well
LinkedIn is a really important platform for building your network and promoting your business as a creative entrepreneurs. LinkedIn has over 700 million members in over 200 countries and offers great potential for securing work, building your network and collaborating. Our next @womenfolk.co event is next Wednesday evening from 6.30 - 8.00pm and is free to attend and facilitated by  Emma Gribben of Digital By Emma and Alchemy Digital Training 

Emma is a digital marketing consultant, mentor and trainer working with start-ups, SMEs, brands and agencies across NI, ROI, UK and Europe. Emma offers solutions across digital strategy, website performance enhancement, social media, content marketing, SEO, email marketing, online PR and influencer marketing.

Emma has helped global businesses achieve impressive returns on digital marketing, including spectacular growth in website visitors (200%), in-unit sales (186%), revenue (97%) and e-commerce conversion (67%).

As a training partner to Google and Facebook across the Google Squared Online, Google Digital Academy and Google Digital Garage programmes as well as the Facebook Digital Skills Training programme, Emma has insights into the latest digital trends, platforms and activities to continually give businesses a competitive edge. 

Emma’s training clients include global brands Aer Lingus, Pandora, Vodafone and Electrolux as well as Arts Council of Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Belfast Telegraph and Monaghan Mushrooms closer to home. 

Sign up for your free ticket now (link.in bio) 

https://www.blickstudios.org/events/a-diy-guide-on-linkedin/
Next in our series of @womenfolk.co Dig Deep events is 'A DIY Guide on Writing for Your Business' on Sat 3rd April from 10.00am - 11.00am with @quillincni

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The aim of this event is to help you gain knowledge of how to create written content for your business and learning how to incorporate content creation into your working life. Heather will be sharing important tips on how to write content for your website and covering the importance of finding your voice in the content you create.

https://www.blickstudios.org/events/a-diy-guide-on-writing-for-your-business-with-heather-mcgarrigle/
Happy Monday it's officially spring, lighter mornings and evenings are coming
*** Small Town Big Dreams Guide to DIY Podcasting ***

Date: 27/3/21 

Time: 10.00 - 11.30am 

Location: Online

Have you been dreaming of starting your own podcast? Are you a beginner looking for tips from those who know? Join @stbdpodcast for this special event as part of the @nerve_centre Spring Into The Creative Industries Programme.

In this event they will catch up with experienced producers and presenters in the Northern Irish podcasting world to get some behind-the-scenes insights on ideas, and advice on making and sharing a podcast from home with minimal gear.

The session will be hosted by Small Town Big Dreams @karishmakusurkar who will be joined by guests Jeananne Craig (All Change Please), Andi Jarvis (Strategy Sessions) & Graeme Watson (Small Town Big Dreams & Inside John Patrick Higgins).

Link to book a ticket in our bio
Spring is in the air. Gorgeous seasonal flowers and colours in the Cathedral Quarter on a beautiful sunny spring morning
Workspace plants & cosy corners

#blickstudios #creativespace #creativeworkspace #coworkingspace #creativehub #plants #workspaceplants
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!