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23/01/2018

Blick Academy Workshop: Tax Returns / Book Keeping Systems

Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 18.00-19.30, Blick Shared Studios 51 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6RY It's nearly time for your tax returns (argh!), but don't panic, we've got our in-house expert on hand! Blick Finance manager, Rosy James, will be offering some simple tips on getting your finances...

06/10/2017 (6:30pm)

Refugees Welcome T-Shirt Challenge

Shout out to all designers! We need your assistances with the Refugees Welcome T-Shirt Challenge. Refugees Welcome NI is collaborating with Belfast Design Week to host a workshop that aims to design t-shirts that communicate messages of welcome and inclusion. Refugees Welcome is a grassroots,...

07/11/2017 - 09/11/2017 (10am - 1pm)

Design Startup: Build Your Own

At Belfast Design Week, we are all about creating new projects and businesses. Design Startup is a 3-day series of practical business skills workshops to help generate ideas, take ideas to the next level and help startups take their products and services to market. This programme is open to those...

07/11/2017 (6:30pm)

Share 6 : Made in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has a rich history of making - from shipbuilding, to rope works and linen - but there's a new type of maker culture emerging. From the contemporary craft scene, to the DIY scene, the digital startup scene and beyond, Share 6: Made in Northern Ireland seeks to explore the latest and...

12/12/2017

3rd Workshop: Learn How to Create & Deliver a Winning Pitch

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - 17:30 This is our 3rd and final workshop on teaching any startup or entrepreneur how to pitch their business or business idea. With the help of seasoned business owner and co-founder of MakeMatic will help you learn the skills to create and deliver a winning pitch...

09/11/2017 (5:30pm onwards)

Late Night Design

Late Night Design is a design industry event visiting a variety of local design studios and hearing the design journeys of some of the designers working within the studios to inspire and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship within the local design community. We will be...

06/11/2017 (8:30am)

Womenfolk: Take5

Breakfast event for Female designers (get your week off to a creative start). What is Take Five? Five minutes, five questions. Stand up, inspire and be inspired by your fellow female creatives (or just sit and listen if you wish). Have your morning coffee/breakfast and network with like...

09/12/2017

25 Pop Up / Street Art / Street Food

We are so excited to bring you our 25 Pop-Up Shop for 1 day only - it'll be full of unique local & international design products and everything is £25 or less - perfect for all of your Christmas presents.   If that was amazing enough we've also teamed up with UV Arts C.I.C, a dynamic, fun...

10/11/2017 - 11/11/2017 (10am-4pm)

Design Business Bootcamp

Join us for a 2 day intensive workshop focusing on your design startup business or business idea. Have you ever dreamed of running a design led business? Have you ever imagined a future where your business aligns with your creative passions? Have you ever had an idea, but never quite...

29/11/2017 (6:30pm)

Blick Academy: Working while Travelling

Kyle is a location-independent entrepreneur who travels the world and works online while sipping coconuts on the beach. In this talk, he’ll share his journey of emigrating from Belfast to live in Thailand, Vietnam, Bali, and Tokyo. He’ll provide actionable tips and advice on how to run your...

29/11/2017

2nd Workshop: Learn How to Create & Deliver a Winning Pitch

Our 2nd workshop on how to teach any startup or entrepreneur how to pitch their business or business idea. With the help of seasoned business owner and co-founder of MakeMatic will help you learn the skills to create and deliver a winning pitch and we will do this over a series of 3...

29/09/2017

Media Law Clinic

Niamh Hargan, a seasoned lawyer, is coming to Eighty81 to offer free legal advice.  Niamh specialises in media law so anything from copyright law, trademark, privacy or reputational damage, whether online or offline.  Niamh will make herself available for private one-on-ones, spaces are very...

01/07/2017

The Art of the Comic : Exhibition Launch

Join us for the launch of "The Art of the Comic!" We invited contributions from all over this island and we have a fantastic group of artists showcasing their work at this exhibition at our Malone Road studios. The exhibition will run throughout July. "The Art of the Comic" will display...

22/09/2017 (Launch at 6pm)

The Art of the Comic

Eighty81 Creative Workspace & Revolve Comics have come together to bring you The Art of the Comic event which is a comic art showcase and a continuation of the successful art comic show which took place in Blick Studios in Belfast. Revolve Comics & Eighty81 are excited to be showcasing...

13/06/2017

Blick Academy: Pricing your work

You've got your product or service, and it's time to start selling it, but how do you price it? Join us for this hour-long Blick Academy workshop with tips and advice from Trish Belford from Tactility Factory. Tactility Factory is an innovative company set up by Trish Belford and Ruth...

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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.