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4/11/19

Share 6: Power

Join us for our first Share 6 event of 2019 - "POWER" over Belfast Design Week on the 4th of November from 7:30- 9:30 PM. We'll be joined by 6 creative industry speakers who have all stepped outside of the usual patterns in their specialist areas to come up with new and exciting ventures, to...

4/11/19

Blick Academy: Instagram for your Creative Start-Up

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. Join us in this session with The Bearded Candle Makers who will be sharing their experience with...

23/10/2019

Blick Academy: Pitching Workshop

Pitching allows you to stand out from the crowd and will help you get people excited about your creative business. Pitching is an essential necessity for any business to thrive. Whether you are networking, seeking funding or investment or communicating with customers, partners or co-founders,...

19/10/2019

Blick Animation Club (Ages 6 – 14 Years)

This animation club offers a great introduction to the colourful world of 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 about the basic principles of...

12/10/19 - 2/11/19

The Time is Now // 4 Week Course

We are excited to announce our first 'The Time is Now' 4 week course in collaboration with Womenfolk, Blick Studios & Creating A Space. OVERVIEW This course will help you to create space in your life to work out what you want to do. To take the time to establish your values, vision and...

05/11/19

The Time is Now // Womenfolk

Womenfolk, Creating A Space & Blick Shared Studios have teamed up to create a unique interactive event with a panel of female design entrepreneurs based in Belfast talking about their experiences as a female entrepreneur , the journey in the design industry and how they have crafted their...

08/10/19

The Time is Now // Life After University

Creating A Space & Blick Shared Studios have teamed up to create an event that will be an interactive panel discussion. The phrase ‘The Time is Now’ came from noticing a change within Belfast within the creative scene. We love that everyone seems inspired to pursue their creative dreams....

28/09/2019

Blick Animation Club (Ages 6 – 14 years)

This animation club offers a great introduction to the colourful world of 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 about the basic principles of...

11/9/19 - 2/10/19 7-PM

Blick Academy : Squarespace Course

4 week Squarespace Workshop led by Ronan Lunney from Two Digs Studios. Anyone can build a website with Squarespace, that's the joy and the curse of it. In fact, it practically designs itself in some cases, but when new to this, it can be hard to know where to start and how to correctly visualise...

22/06/2019

Blick Illustration Club (ages 5 – 9 years)

Workshop 1 "Teach Your Giraffe to Ski" Join us as we team up with local illustrator Danni Gowdy for our first illustration workshop for children aged 5-9 years. Danni illustrated children's book "Teach Your Giraffe to Ski" and is using this as the theme for the first workshop. Children will learn...

29/06/2019

Create Your Own Comic Strip (Ages 6 – 12 years)

Blick will be collaborating with Digital Arts Academy to deliver a Digital Comic book workshop. The workshop aimed at 6-12 year olds will take place at Blick Studios Malone Road on Saturday 29th June from 2pm-4pm. Hands down one of Digital Arts Academy's favourite workshops, that gives...

25/05/2019

Blick Animation Club 25th May (Ages 6 – 14 years)

This animation club offers a great introduction to the colourful world of 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! Children can bring and use their own lego for their...

23/05/2019

LinkedIn for Creatives

If you are looking to better understand how to use LinkedIn to help your creative business grow and develop, come to our LinkedIn workshop hosted by Alastair Cameron. Alastair is the Co-Founder of online startup focused platform Startacus, the Head of Startup Programmes at Digital DNA HQ, a...

18/05/2019

Faculty: Creativity and The Architecture of Risk

A day long workshop with Adam Turkington who will examine how risk works and how we can manage it in such a way to allow you to take confident steps into more ‘risky’ creative career choices. Adam will share skills on how to deal with ‘no’ people that you may encounter on your creative...

30/04/2019 - 25/05/19

Faculty: The Rise of the Mobile Content Creator

A 6 part workshop in partnership with Seedhead Arts facilitated by Dillon Osborne looking into the world of self creation for a fast evolving industry, showing you how you can create high quality, fun and engaging content yourself. Content Creation is a phrase we hear being throw around, but it...

30/4/2019

The Design Salon: Designing Experiences

The Design Salon: Designing Experiences: A talk by Adobe XD's Anita-Mai Goulding Adobe XD's Anita-Mai Goulding (XD Strategic Development, EMEA) will be talking about designing experiences for users and telling us about her story as a designer. This talk is perfect for you if you are interested...

27/04/2019

Blick Animation Club 27th April (Ages 6 – 14 years)

This animation club offers a great introduction to the colourful world of 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! Children can bring and use their own lego for their...

18/04/19

Women Who Code x Womenfolk

Shouting out to all women! Women Who Code and Womenfolk are throwing open the Vault doors for an evening of community gathering, career insights and story telling (and so much more!), and they want you to be there. Join them as they bring together software engineers, designers and fine artists to...

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    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!
    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