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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...

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...

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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

Link to full blog with details and links on our profile
    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.