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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...

02/04/19

Blick Academy: Setting up a website for your creative startup

Do you have a creative start-up or small business and need a website? Come along to this workshop to find out what you need to think about before getting started. Get some advice on what type of website might work best for your needs (SMS, shopify, squarespace etc). How to plan your website and...

16/03/2019

Blick Animation Club 16th March (Ages 7 – 14 years)

Saturday 16th March 2019 2-4pm Blick Shared Studios 51 Malone Road Belfast BT9 6RY 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...

08/03/19

International Women’s Day: Womenfolk Meetup

Friday 8th March 2019 11am Blick Studios 51 Malone Road Belfast BT9 6RY For International Women’s Day 2019 Womenfolk will be hosting a meet up to launch their new online publication promoting women in design (kindly funded by Belfast City Council) and their new mentoring program. They...

29/01/2019 - 05/03/2019

The Faculty: Stand Up Comedy with Graeme Watson (6 week course)

Stand Up Comedy with Graeme Watson £75 Tuesday 29th January - Tuesday 5th March 2019 Each Tuesday 7-9pm Course Outline If you’ve ever been curious about how to get started in the art of stand-up comedy, then join our stand-up comedy course run by The Infinite Jest’s Graeme...

26/01/2018

Blick Animation Club (Ages 7 – 14 years)

Saturday 26th January 2019 2-4pm Blick Shared Studios 51 Malone Road Belfast BT9 6RY 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...

12/01/2019

Blick Animation Club (Ages 7 – 14 years)

Saturday 12th January 2019 2-4pm Blick Shared Studios 51 Malone Road Belfast BT9 6RY 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...

04/12/18

Blick Academy: Facebook For Your Creative Startup

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 for this session with Gil David and Astra McNicholl who will be sharing their experience and...

06/11/18-13/11/18

Womenfolk Design Exhibition

Launching as part of Belfast Design Week on 6th November and finishing on International Women’s Day 8th March 2019 this exhibition will be a celebration of Belfast’s female design talent. The exhibition will launch in CastleCourt as part of Belfast Design Week and will be on display throughout...

06/11/18

Womenfolk Breakfast: Junior. Senior. // Belfast Design Week

06.11.18 8:00-9:30am 56 Lisburn Rd BT9 6AF This will be the third in our series of breakfast events where a senior designer shares the story of their career path to success. Complimented by a young emerging designer starting out in the professional world, telling their story so far and the...

06/11/2018

Share 6: Heritage

Tuesday 6th November 6:30-8:00pm Blick Studios 46 Hill Street Belfast BT1 2LB Northern Ireland has a rich heritage, that has impacted us in many different ways, from culture and society to our economy and built environment. At this Share 6 event as part of Belfast Design Week we will be...

07/11/2018

Blick Academy: Pricing Your Design Work

Wednesday 7th November 5:00-6:00pm Blick Studios 46 Hill Street Belfast BT1 2LB 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...

07/11/2018

The Design Salon: Quarterly // Boundaries //

Wednesday 7th November 8-9am Blick Studios 46 Hill Street Belfast BT9 6RY The second Design Salon “Quarterly” during #BDW18 invites Joe Laverty Photography, a Belfast based photographer to explore the theme of Boundaries. Joe’s artistic work mainly focuses on the interaction of...

08/11/18

Womenfolk – The Time is Now

Thursday, 8 November 2018 from 18:30-21:00 Unique (Ulster Univeristy) 25-51 York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED   Womenfolk, Creating A Space & Blick Shared Studios have teamed up to create a unique interactive event with a panel of female design students talking about their...

10/11/18-11/11/18

25 Pop-Up // 2018

Saturday 10th November 13:00-17:00 Blick Shared Studios 51 Malone Road Belfast BT9 6RY Sunday 11th November 13:00-17:00 The Dome Victoria Square Belfast BT1 4QG 25 is a design-led pop-up store retailing design-led products by NI designers priced at £25 or less. 25 will open its doors...

11/11/18

Womenfolk: Book Design for Girls

Sunday 11th November 2018 1.30-3.00pm Ulster Museum   Design Our Future… What do you think our next story should be? This workshop will focus on book design and storytelling. There will be a brief introduction to the different stages of book making. This will include...

11/11/18

Womenfolk: Lego Animation for Girls

Sunday, 11 November 2018 from 15:00-17:00 Ulster Museum This mini animation master classes by Can Do Academy is a great introduction for children to the colourful world of stop motion animation! The workshop will allow participants to make a complete animated Lego film on an iPad, using sound...

11/11/18

Womenfolk: Games Design for Girls

Sunday 11th November 11.30-1.00pm Ulster Musuem Just for girls in this workshop we’re going to work together to design, make the graphics, and produce the sound effects for a new totally unique game. You’ll be given an introduction to GameMaker, a free and easy to use cross-platform...

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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 ✨

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    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 🌿

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    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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