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Creative Roundup – Holiday Selling Guide, Loewe Foundation Craft Prize, For The Public Good International Arts Opportunity, Arts Council Creative Industries Seed Funding, Belfast Photo Festival Submissions, Volunteering at Belfast Media Festival & lots of Events

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This week we have highlighted some great local and international funding opportunities and events for creatives and small business owners

INSPIRATION

SQUARESPACE HOLIDAY SELLING GUIDE

The holiday shopping season is a major chance to bring in business from new and returning customers. By optimizing your online store and creating a marketing strategy, you can enjoy sales growth and come out of the season with a better sense of what works for your business. This guide by Squarespace has loads of practical tips, advice and guidance for you to make the most of selling this holiday season.

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FUNDING, SUPPORT & OPPORTUNITIES

FUNDING

LOEWE FOUNDATION CRAFT PRIZE

The LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time.

All entries should

– fall within an area of applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, paper, wood, etc.

– be an original work, handmade or partly handmade

– have been created in the last five years

– be one-of a-kind

– have won no prizes previously

– demonstrate artistic intent.

The Prize for the winning entry is 50,000 euros. The winning work selected by the Jury, as well as the works of the finalists selected by the Experts Panel will be included in an exhibition and accompanying catalogue “LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2023”, on view in New York.

DEADLINE: 25TH OCTOBER 2022

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FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD

For the Public Good (FTPG) is an online international programme for 5 artists. They are looking for artists who want to work with their local community and an academic researcher from Leeds. The artists will look to create unique artistic propositions on how technology can be used to help communities understand climate change issues that could potentially be implemented globally.

They are looking for musicians, theatre-makers, painters, authors, performance artists, sculptures, actors, digital artists and any other form of artistic practitioner who is interested in how technology could be used to benefit their community to generate climate change solutions.

DEADLINE: 9TH NOVEMBER 2022

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CREATIVE INDUSTRIES SEED PROGRAMME III

This £25k funding award is eligible for partnerships that use the arts within new and emerging technologies. With the continuing evolution of immersive technology, it has the potential to expand the possibilities of how the arts can be distributed and utilised in new and innovate ways.

Programme Objectives:

1. Encourage Cross-Sectoral Collaboration;

2. Drive innovation in technologies; and

3. Creating new content, products, services and experiences.

The aim of this project is to assist arts organisations, entrepreneurs, and creative businesses to undertake projects that:

1. Contribute to the growth of the creative industries; and

2. Unlock future income generation.

All applications must be partnerships between an arts organisation or artist and a creative business or academia.

DEADLINE: Thursday 15th December 2022 at 12pm

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OPPORTUNITIES

 

BELFAST PHOTO FESTIVAL

Belfast photo festival are accepting entries for it’s 2023 Open Submission

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BELFAST MEDIA FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS

The Belfast Media Festival could not run each year without the help of dedicated volunteers. Volunteering not only provides the opportunity to support and learn about the media industry, but it can also be fun, and you may meet some famous faces too!

They have a limited number of volunteer spaces for this year’s festival which runs at The MAC, Belfast, on Wed 16th & Thur 17th of November

Duties Include:

Registration (Check-in)
Venue Set Up
Managing Speakers
Stage setting in coordination with the MAC team
General Assistance
Session Supervision
IT Support
APPLY HERE 


EVENTS

 

5 UNEXPECTED WAYS TO WRITE BETTER MARKETING EMAILS

This is a short, impactful workshop to help you write more compelling marketing emails, including methods to improve your subject lines, and copywriting templates to help you sell more.

DATE: Monday 24th October

TIME: 3.00PM GMT+1

LOCATION: Online

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DWEN POWERHOUSE SUMMIT

Join Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) and the editors of Fast Company and Inc. – all champions of women entrepreneurs and business owners worldwide – for The Powerhouse Summit, a virtual conference and networking event.

The DWEN Powerhouse Summit is designed to power your ambitions for business growth during a difficult economy. Its diverse slate of renowned founders, innovators and industry leaders alike offers immediately useful, expert insights on financing, scale, leadership and technology. The program includes:

Exciting panels and interviews with thought leaders
Engaging networking sessions with fellow female founders
Small group break out sessions
DATE: Thursday 27th October 2022

TIME: 11.30am – 3.10pm ET

LOCATION: Online

WEBSITE 

 

 

YOUR SOCIAL TEAM INSTAGRAM CONFERENCE

Your Social Team’s annual FREE Conference designed to get you caught up on all things Instagram  and Content Creation
DATE: Thursday 27th October

TIME: 10AM EDT

LOCATION: Online

WEBSITE 

 

WHAT’S NEXT? THE FUTURE FOR TALENT PIPELINES ACROSS OUR MUSIC INDUSTRY

How is the UK music industry achieving real diversity and fair access? What does the industry need most right now? How can more sustainable skills and workplace development be supported – away from short term contract scenarios? And how is underrepresentation really being addressed?

Online panel discussion chaired by Lynne Best, Director of The Fourth Pillar, Vice Chair of the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast and Board Member of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

DATE: Thursday 27th October 2022

TIME: 12.30 – 13.30pm BST

LOCATION: Online

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THE ART OF STORYTELLING

Successful leaders and public speakers throughout history have understood and harnessed the power of good storytelling. No matter your topic or your audience, telling a story engages your listeners and elevates your public speaking to an art.

Dale Carnegie believed that public speaking and storytelling are skills to be learned, not inborn abilities. Impactful storytelling requires an understanding of your audience, your topic, and your goal. In this workshop, you will learn the very same skills that Dale Carnegie himself used to create generations of successful business people, compelling community leaders, and even politicians.

At the completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

• Define your audience and their needs, goals, and wants

• Plan an opening, message delivery, and closing that have impact

• Use the secret to storytelling: The Magic Formula

DATE: Friday 28th October 2022

TIME: 10.00 – 11.00AM EDT

LOCATION: Online

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This week in the final month of the year, as the year draws to a close we are thinking about what we want to get done before the end of the year. Having a look at what tasks we have been avoiding so we can get them done and out of the way and start 2023 without anything hanging over our heads. Is there anything you have been avoiding in your business that you know you would feel better if you just got it done?

#creativestartup #creativebusinessowners #creatives #smallbusiness #smallbusinessbelfast #smallbusinessowner #businesssupport
January seems the return of our kids animation workshops in partnership with Can Do Academy 

These mini animation master classes by Can Do Academy are a great introduction for children to the colourful world of Lego animation!

The workshop will allow participants to make a complete animated Lego film on an iPad, using sound effects, visual effects, titles and lots of imagination!

Your child will learn to use special iPad apps and they will receive a copy of their film at the end of the session! They can bring their own Lego characters or use the ones supplied by us.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Saturday 14th January 2023

Time: 10am – 12pm

Venue: Blick Shared Studios, 51 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6RY

Age: Children 7 – 14 years

Cost: £20 + booking fee

Book through our website link in profile
It’s that time of the year again, this week in our Creative Roundup we are highlighting some local festive markets and workshops, all ways you can support local creatives this Christmas. We have also listed some other opportunities and events that might be of interest to NI Creatives.

CHRISTMAS WORKSHOPS & MARKETS

CREATIVES COLLECTIVES MARKET
DATE: Sat 19th Nov
TIME: 11am - 4pm
LOCATION: The MAC Belfast

ASTRAL FIBRES POPUP
DATE: Sun 20th Nov
LOCATION: Bullitt Hotel, Lobby

HUNTER PAPER CO - LETTER WRITING TO SANTA
 DATE: Sunday 27th November
TIME: various
COST: £5

WINTER WREATH MAKING SHARED THREADS FUNDRAISER
DATE: Saturday 10th December 
TIME: 10am - 12 noon
LOCATION: Portview Trade Centre
COST: £30

BEARDED CANDLE MAKERS MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS GIFTS - CANDLE EDITION
DATE: 25th Nov 
TIME: 5.00 - 7.00pm
LOCATION: Teolai, 30 Main Street, Castlewellan
COST: £55

WOMEN IN BUSINESS MERRY MARKETPLACE
DATE: 30th Nov
TIME: 5.30 - 8.00pm
LOCATION: The Merchant Hotel, 16 Skipper Street, Belfast
COST: Member £5, Non-member £10

OPPORTUNITIES

100 ARCHIVE
The 100 Archive charts the past, present and future of Irish design by publishing 100 notable communication design projects, selected each year following an open call.
CLOSING DATE: 31st Jan 2023

EVENTS

SIGNIFICANT OTHER EXHIBITION
Group exhibition showcasing women artists
DATES: 21st - 26th Nov
LOCATION: Artcetera Studio

CRAFT NI MAKER FORUM
DATE: Thurs 24th Nov
TIME: 10am - 12pm 
LOCATION: The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, 200 Newry Road, Banbridge

FOYLE FILM FESTIVAL
DATES: Friday 18 – Sunday 27 November 2022
LOCATION: Various

NAVIGATING EMOTIONS AT WORK
DATE: Nov 21st TIME: 5.00 - 6.00PM GMT
LOCATION: Online

HOW OUR SOCIAL CONNECTIONS IMPACT OUR ECONOMIC SECURITY
DATES: Wednesday 23 November 2022
TIME: 18:00 – 19:00
LOCATION: online

PIXEL MILL LEGAL WORKSHOPS
DATE: Thursday 24th November

DESIGN LEADERSHIP: HOW TO SOLVE BIGGER PROBLEMS AND LEAD BIGGER TEAMS
DATE: Tue, 29 November 2022,
TIME: 17:00 – 18:30 GMT
LOCATION: Online 

INVEST NI WEBINAR: SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN
DATE: Thu, Dec 1, 2022 
TIME: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM GMT
LOCATION: Online

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What do you want to achieve this week? This week’s question for reflection is super simple, but also a really good way to start the week. What do you want to achieve this week? Be really specific and honest with yourself. What is genuinely achievable within the timeframe and what is most important? Setting realistic and achievable goals is important, so you stay focused and don’t feel discouraged but also so difficult. It is easy to be overly optimistic with your goals and to-do lists or to focus on the things that are most enjoyable or easier, not what you actually need to get done to move forward.

I have to remind myself every week to be realistic about what I hope to achieve. Breaking down my weekly to-do list into urgent tasks (usually client work, admin etc) and things I would like to get done (big picture work, funding applications, new projects etc). I try and map out my urgent tasks then set aside some time and schedule in at least one thing from my things I would like to get done list each week so that I keep moving forward and working to achieve my overall goals.

How do you work out your to-do list and set your goals and priorities?

#creativeentrepreneurs #creativebusinessowners #smallbusiness #creativestartup #creative entrepreneurship
Did you know we have lots of free industry expert videos on our @womenfolk.co website? We have highlighted them on this week's creative roundup on our blog alongside different events and opportunities for creatives this week
We're excited to be bringing back our @womenfolk.co peer mentoring group

It’s very simple, but also very effective. Starting in January 2023 on the last Tuesday of each month we will host a get together with a small group of self-employed creative women or women in the process of starting a creative business to chat about business and life. Each person will get the chance to speak. Sharing their monthly progress, plans for the following month, future goals and aspirations as well as any challenges they may be facing. This process gives you the opportunity to connect with and learn from like-minded creative women and helps with motivation, accountability, goal setting and planning. 

As we want the group to be a safe-space for sharing we will be limiting numbers to a maximum of 8 participants. There is no cost to joining the group, but to ensure commitment and suitability participants need to fill in a short online registration to secure a space.

You can find the registration form on our website (link in profile) or if you have any questions about the group email christine@blickstudios.org

#workforyourself
#womeninbusiness
#womenfolk #womenindesign
#creativewomen #creativebusiness #creativewomencommunity #womenentrepreneur #womenentrepreneurs #womenentrepreneurship
Sunday mornings have just become available to hire the Main Room in our Malone studios. Perfect for yoga, meditation, classes, workshops etc, only £15 an hour for regular ongoing bookings. Get in touch for more info
This week's question for reflection is a tough one. It can be hard to be honest with yourself about where you find fulfillment especially with a creative business that may have started out as a passion project. Things change, just because we once found something fulfilling or enjoyable doesn't mean we still do, especially when it has turned from a hobby to a way of earning a living and all the pressures that brings. Of course for practical reasons we may still need to do it for the time being at least, but it's worth reflecting on for the future
After a week being away doing my first business/ solo travelling since before the pandemic. This week's question for reflection is a simple one. What do you want more of in life? and in your business?

#personaldevelopment #businessdevelopment #reflection #intentions #questions
This week's question for personal reflection came from a conversation we had in the studio about wanting to improve our writing skills. In this instance it was for a funding application, but I would also love to be able to write better for our website and social media and just think it would be a really useful skill to have for so many areas of business. It got me thinking about other things I would like to improve my skills on over the next period including social media (it's so hard to keep
uptodate with all the changes) and listening (covered in our creative roundup and the subject of a blog we will be releasing later in the week). Time just flies by and nothing changes if you don't take the time to think about what you would really like to do with your time and what would really add value to your business and life. Its worth taking some time to have a think about what skills you would like to develop and invest your time and energy in for both your personal and professional life 

#personaldevelopment
#skills
#investinyourself #improveyourself #improveyourlife #reflection #intentions
Like many others we have been slowly rebuilding our business following the pandemic. Doing a lot of work behind the scenes and trying to be more intentional with both what we put our energy into, but also how and why we are doing things.
As we continue to get busier  I want to continue this process and plan to begin each week with a question for reflection for myself. I thought some other people might also find it a useful exercise so if i get time each week I will share them here. 
I love this week's question "what did you enjoy working on most last week?" We so often forget why we started a business and what we used to feel passionate about as we get bogged down in the day to day work. We forget that it's possible and also ok to enjoy our work and to try to create more of that joy.