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8/11/19

WOMENFOLK JUNIOR.SENIOR.

WOMENFOLK JUNIOR.SENIOR. For this year’s Belfast Design Week we are hosting a very special Junior.Senior. breakfast event featuring some of the Mentors and Mentees from our mentoring program that has been running over the last 6 months. We will hear about their journeys over the past 6 months in...

09/11/2019

Belfast Design Week: Big Design Day Out

A whole day of design activities for the whole family on Saturday 9th November. Free children's and adults digital and making workshops including: - - Poster Design - Games Design - Character Design - Screen-printing & Typography - Weaving - Pencil Making - Coding - Video...

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...

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    This week we had a quick catchup with our newest Cotton Court resident creative freelancer @emanuela_mae_agrini_art who told us a bit about herself and her creative work

Tell us a bit about yourself and your business?

Hey there! I am originally from Genoa, a seaside city in Northern Italy; my business was born there about ten years ago and bounced around a bit before moving to Belfast. My idea has always been to offer written communication for companies and individuals, but over time my core is moving more and more in the direction of a mix between visual and written communication. Although I still deal most of the time with content writing and copywriting (both in Italian and in English), I am developing some projects that can combine visuals and words, in the context of graphic facilitation, graphic recording and illustrated content.

What was the biggest hurdle for you starting out and how did you overcome it?

When I started as a freelancer ten years ago, the main obstacle was to convince companies and clients that remote work is still work: the mentality was very different from today and there was a lot to work to do on it. I always supported remote work and for long periods I have been traveling while working between the countries. Today luckily things seem to have changed.

How do you stay creative/inspired?

I pass pretty much all my free time reading books, drawing, and painting and when possible, I travel to see new places and meet new people. I love also to be around the city the more I can to listen to the stories of random people I meet. When I want to recharge, I go to the sea, which is my happy place.

What’s your top tip/piece of advice for anyone wanting to work for themselves/ start their own creative business?

Just make sure you are into it with all your energies and passion, and love every moment of it 🙂

You can read the full interview on our website (link in profile)
    Don't forget to take a break for the long weekend. It can be hard when you're self employed to justify taking time off to relax and rest and not feel guilty about it and for many if you arent working you arent earning. But there is always more that could be done so take as much of a break as possible and enjoy the peace of these extra couple of days when people don't expect you to be answering emails or phone calls

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    Since the pandemic we have been very busy with new residents and behind the scenes work in the studios, but are planning to start picking things up again with more for the wider creative business community in Northern Ireland in coming months. So we thought it would be a good time to re-introduce the people involved with Blick. Who we are and more importantly why we do it, starting with Blick founder Christine. 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background? How has your work at Blick compared to what you imagined you would end up doing? 

I'm Christine. I studied fashion and textiles at Belfast School of Art and worked briefly as a textile designer for fashion in Italy before returning to NI to start my own creative business. I was one of the founders of Blick way back in 2007 with a group of other creatives all struggling to find suitable workspace in Belfast, somewhere affordable and flexible alongside other like minded creatives. I will talk more about that journey and the story of Blick in future posts. I currently run Blick with my sister Rosy who does all our finance and operations with support from our board of Trustees as Blick is also a registered charity. 

I always wanted to work in fashion for as long as I can remember, so working at Blick is very different to what I imagined in one way, but I also always dreamed of working for myself. I just didn't think it was even possible. Not knowing any business owners and going to a very traditional grammar school starting a business just didn't seem feasible to me when growing up. So I ended up pursuing a career in fashion, but the reality of having to work in a big city, sitting at a desk all day, alongside the financial challenges of working within the industry led me to make the decision to return to NI to start my own fashion business. I struggled working alone at home and then met a group of creatives on a creative business course at Ulster University and we all realised just how important being with other like minded creatives on a similar path was and we came up with the idea for Blick. I ended up then taking over running Blick myself 
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    Hill streets lovely breakout areas, where you can sit and have some lunch or a coffee away from your desk 

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    Congratulations to our resident Dani McFerran, founder of award winning Graphic Design studio @doneanddusteddesign, as she was recently celebrated for her contribution to entrepreneurship at the House of Lords to mark International Women's Day! 

Read all about the F:Entrepreneur event, and Dani's amazing businesses on our blog - link in bio. 

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    Our lovely main room in our Malone studios is available for hire and we now have a special reduced rates for anyone wanting to make an ongoing longterm booking of 8 weeks or more, we currently still have availability for Thursday and Friday evenings and Sundays. Prices and details are on our website (link in bio) or email christine@blickstudios.org for more info 

#roomhire #maloneroadbelfast #belfast #eventspace #blicksharedstudios
    Our Malone Road studios illustrated by resident and team member @jenny_eva_design 🌿

Offering private and shared studio space, 51 Malone Road is a beautiful space full of character and natural sunlight, perfect for finding some Monday motivation!

Find more of Jenny's work at jennyevadesign.com ✨

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    A warm welcome to Holly @holly.e.m who has recently joined Blick as a resident in Cotton Court.

Holly is a theatre graduate and has recently moved to Belfast, working as the marketing and growth lead for a production company called Tell based in York!

Check out @tellyork and our interview with Holly on our Blog >> link in bio ✨

#meettheresident #blicksharedstudios #coworkingspace #studio #remoteoffice #dedicateddesk #cottoncourt #belfastcreatives
    Our second studio space in the Cathedral Quarter; Cotton Court, illustrated by resident and team member @jenny_eva_design ✨

Find it on waring Street opposite the Merchant Hotel. This space provides dedicated desks and private offices for creative businesses, and is the perfect city centre base to meet clients! 

Find more of Jenny's work at jennyevadesign.com 👀

#belfastcreatives #supportlocalartists
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#illustration #hillstreetbelfast #belfastcathedralquarter
    What a gorgeous weekend. Hope everyone got to enjoy the good weather.
Did you know that as well as providing physical workspace for creatives we also provide virtual office space for only £20 a month. A city centre address creates a confident and professional first impression and separates your business and home life. You can choose between our South Belfast address at 51 Malone Road, BT9 6RY or our Cathedral Quarter address 46 Hill Street, BT1 2LB

For more info visit our website (link in profile) or get in touch
    Hill St soaking up all the sunlight today ☀️

Our shared studio space on the top floor of this lovely building is the perfect base for a growing creative business, with great coffee around the corner, break out spaces to catch up with clients and a friendly organising team on hand to help!

Find out about our other studio spaces on our website > link in bio 🌿

#blicksharedstudios #belfaststudiospace #coworkingspace #sharedstudios #dedicateddesk #networking #belfastcitycentre #belfastcreatives #inspiration
    Our lovely Hill Street studios by resident and team member @jenny_eva_design✨

Check out more of her work at jennyevadesign.com!

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#blickresidents #blicksharedstudios
#illustration #hillstreetbelfast #belfastcathedralquarter
    Beautiful sun filled views from our Hill St. studios this morning ☀️

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    We got the chance to chat with Documentary fillmmaker Gillian Callan, one of our newest residents at Cotton Court. Gillian shared her top tips as a freelancer, who inspires her (Whitney Houston!) and how she overcame any hurdles starting out. 

Have a read on the blog 👉 link in bio!

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