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Paul Boal, Clever Ghost

“Blick Studios proved to be the catalyst that helped drive our growth. Its affordable desk space meant that we could be situated in BT1 amongst other creative businesses located in the bustling Cathedral Quarter, opening up opportunities to collaborate. The central location meant we had access to loads of potential clients, were easily accessible and it opened us up to networks both internally through Blick and within Belfast. The hub that Blick has built to support businesses no matter what stage they’re at has been invaluable in terms of helping Clever Ghost grow and expand. They’re affordable, provide excellent facilities, great locations, support residents through networking, promotion and encourage their residents to get involved with events, workshops, or contribute to creative projects that they’re involved with. For anyone looking to start a business, we would highly recommend beginning that journey at Blick and for anyone who already is established then, Blick offers the chance to expand your network and become part of a growing creative community that is shaping Belfast and beyond.”

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Ciaran, Crude Studios

“Blick’s Hill Street Studios are a perfect setting for harnessing creativity and hatching new ideas alongside like-minded folk from all artistic backgrounds. Located smack-bang in the heart of the bustling Cathedral Quarter, inspiration is only ever a lunch-break away!”

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Will, Architect

“I previously ran my architecture practice from home and since moving into Blick I have found that my productivity has increased significantly (probably doubled!). The facilities are great: The shared area, which I use for client meetings creates the right balance between creativity and professionalism, while the shared studio space is simple and functional while allowing for personalisation.”

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Karishma, Designer

“Being at Blick Studios has been a great experience for me as a designer. I have met many likeminded creative entrepreneurs and Christine and Rosy have done a lot to support local creative businesses through collaboration, events and their time.”

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Alex, Designer

“Blick’s Hill Street studios are bang in the middle of one of the most exciting and creative areas to be in. It’s a great space to be in, and full of like-minded people from all manner of disciplines which in itself creates all manner of opportunities.”

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Ed, Alley Cats

“Blick is a great location, and an equally great office environment. Hill Street is at the happening heart of Belfast, the local bars and eateries offer a wide choice to take clients, and the office itself feels a well thought through creative space to be in. It is well run, with a light touch and enabling management style which still ensures that everything is done that needs to be. It is actually a joy to work in.”

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Elena, Graphic Designer

“It has been a great experience moving into Blick. The space itself is fresh, vibrant, and in a really good area. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a work space within a creative community.”

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Paul, tenx9

“Blick Studios on Hill Street was a fantastic place to be based. A wonderful creative, hard working atmosphere in a perfect city centre location with all the benefits that brings. The excellent facilities include strong wifi, clean kitchen, meeting areas and generous space for periods of downtime. A great team and a lovely vibe to the whole experience.”

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Katrina, Photographer

“A big thanks to you for everything. Was such a lovely place to work in, you’s are doing a great job, I would happily recommend Blick to others.”

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Katherine, Illustrator

“It’s been a fantastic opportunity for me as a freelancer. Beforehand, I’d never fully settled on the idea of fully emerging myself as an Illustrator, but the desk space enabled me to focus all my ideas and get on with the work. I’ve gained commissions and made connections with other creatives I would never have otherwise and other opportunities have presented themselves in the process.”

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Patrick, Designer

“Blick looked like the perfect next step for our business and would give us a workspace in an entirely different part of town with new scenery and exciting businesses around us. The design-focused workshops and events made Blick look like the perfect fit for us, as Elixsr has good design principles at it’s core, being surrounded by people with the same passion screamed nothing but benefits to us.”

Paul, Illustrator

“So pleased to have discovered Blick Shared Studios and all they have to offer the creative industries – I couldn’t recommend them any higher.”

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Thanks again to everyone who came to our last Blick Academy talk last Wednesday evening. We have our Womenfolk JUNIOR.SENIOR event this Saturday then will be taking a little break from events over the summer while we get ourselves organised for Autumn/ Winter when we are hoping to also introduce some more practical workshops. Let us know if there is anything you would like us to cover!
Just over a week to go until our Womenfolk JUNIOR.SENIOR event on Saturday 15th June with two amazing creative women sharing their stories! 

SENIOR SPEAKER: ESTABLISHED CREATIVE - NUALA CONVERY - @wee.nuls 

Wee Nuls (Nuala) is a multi-disciplinary artist and creative director based in Belfast. She works in a number of mediums including spray paint, hand drawn and digital illustration, and printmaking. Wee Nuls street art murals can be seen across Belfast and have become a part of the visual identity of the city over the past few years. She is inspired by challenging gender inequalities, beauty ideals, sexism, and raising awareness for feminist issues in a playful way. 

JUNIOR SPEAKER: EMERGING CREATIVE - MAJA SZOTKIEWICZ - OWNER OF MAJUKOOO - @majukooo 

Maja Szotkiewicz is the founder of Majukooo (selling her illustrated stationery, prints and jewellery online) , and is currently in her final year of her Graphic Design and Illustration undergraduate degree at Ulster University. Maja's work is inspired by everyday, imperfect moments, as she believes finding beauty in the mundane is the key to true happiness. Maja has been featured in Belfast Telegraph's 30 under 30 list in 2024, was a finalist at the NI Social Media Awards in the 'Entrepreneurial Student of the Year' category in 2023 and has her products stocked in 49 stockists in the UK, Ireland, US and Canada. 

EVENT DETAILS 

Event Date(s): June 15, 2024
Event Time: 11.30am
Location: Blick Shared Studios, Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LB
Book through website (link in profile) 🌼 🌸 ♥️ ✨️
A quick summary of the month of May at Blick! you can find details on everything on our website! Link in profile 🌟 🌟 🌟
Happy Monday! Start the week by checking out our latest roundup of funding, support, opportunities, events, exhibitions and festivals for NI creatives. 

Read the full listings including links on our blog on our website (link in profile)
Another chance to find out a bit more about Saul Duffin founder of YEO magazine who is speaking at our next Blick Academy event next Wednesday evening at 7pm in our Hill St studios!

You can read the full interview on our blog or get your free tickets on our website!
Less that a week to go until our next Blick Academy Creative Talk with Saul Duffin, founder of YEO Magazine, sharing his creative story and only a couple of tickets left!

EVENT DETAILS:

Event Date(s): June 5, 2024
Event Time: 7pm
Location: Blick Shared Studios, 46 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LB
Cost: Free

Book on our website ✨️ (link in profile)

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Off for the bank holiday and wanting to work on your creative business idea? The next exercise on our resources for creatives section on our website is now available to view and download

Exercise 4 - Understanding Your "Why" or Your purpose

Your “Why” or purpose is the reason you have formed your creative practice boiled down to a single sentence (or two). This exercise will help you to understand your purpose and communicate it to the world.

Downloadable PDF and Word Versions available on our website ✨️ (link in profile)
Happy Monday! It's back to typical NI rainy weather! But it's always cosy in our Cotton Court studios in the cathedral quarter, right opposite the Merchant Hotel!
We have had a hectic few weeks with a big funding deadline last week, so only getting caught up with ourselves. We will be doing a write up on our last Blick Academy event with Paul Boal from Clever Ghost sharing his creative story this week. In the meantime here is a bit more info on Paul from an interview he gave us before his talk earlier this month!
Not long now until our next Blick Animation Club event for children aged 7-14 to learn all about Lego animation with Can Do Academy!

Event Details
Saturday 18th May
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Blick Studios Malone Road 
Cost: £15

Book via the events page on our website ✨️ (link in bio)

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Our next Blick Academy Creative Talk with a local creative sharing their creative journey is coming up on Wednesday 5th June!

Speaker details to be announced shortly, sign up now for your free ticket (link in bio)!