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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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Our next Blick Animation Club lego animation workshop for children is on Saturday 18th May from 2 - 4pm

WORKSHOP DETAILS

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.

More info at candoacademy.co.uk

Please note that these workshops are suitable for children aged 7+

Event Date: May 18, 2024

Event Time: 2pm – 4pm

Location: Blick Studios, 51 Malone Road Belfast BT9 6RY

Cost: £15 + Booking Fee

Book your place on website (link in profile)
Our lovely Cotton Court studios in the cathedral quarter where we have a private studio for 1-3 people coming available from the start of March for £325 per calendar month all-inclusive. Visit our website, send us a dm or email christine@blickstudios.org for more info or to arrange a viewing
NI CREATIVE HUBS MEETUP #2

Following a successful get-together in August, this is the second meetup for creative hubs in Northern Ireland to come together, connect, share ideas and support each other.

If you are involved with running or working in a creative hub in Northern Ireland we would love for you to join us at this our second meetup.

This event is a collaborative project between Blick Shared Studios, Boom Studios with the kind support of the Innovation Factory providing a venue for the meetup.

EVENT DETAILS

Event Date: February 29, 2024

Event Time: 11am

Location: Innovation Factory, 385 Springfield Road, Forthriver Business Park, Belfast, BT12 7DG

Cost: Free

Book your place on our website (link in profile)
Here's Exercise 2 again. This one's all about getting to know and understand your creative idea. What problem you are solving, what your solution to that problem is, why your idea will appeal to your audience and how you can get them to find out about it. This exercise is a great one to get you to start thinking about your idea and getting your ideas down on paper. Downloadable PDF and Word versions can be found in the creative resources section of our website (link in profile)
The first two exercises on our new resources for creatives section on our website are the perfect way to spend some quiet weekend reflection time for anyone working on a new creative business idea, looking to refine their current creative practice or thinking about starting a new creative venture in the future. Here's Exercise 1 one again. You can find downloadable Word and pdf versions on the creative resources section of our website (link in profile)
Some Monday inspiration and motivation from one of our residents, visual practitioner Stephanie Heckman

You can read her full Meet the Resident Interview on our website blog (link in profile)
Happy Monday! Another chance to catch up with our latest roundup of funding, support, opportunities, events, exhibitions and festivals for creatives 

FUNDING, SUPPORT & OPPORTUNITIES 

- CQAF Creative Bursary Scheme
- InvestNI Innovation Vouchers
- ArtsFest Submissions
- Catalyst Design Hub
- Stronger Together for a Better World Competition for 18 to 30 year olds
- Women in Business Make Money For Yourself Programme 

EVENTS & WORKSHOPS 

Blick Academy Creative Talk with Multidisciplinary Designer Alana McDowell
Date: Wed 7th Feb
Time: 7pm
Venue: Blick Studios Hill St 

Go Succeed NI Business Support Events
Dates: Various
Venues: Various 

Podbean AMA (Ask Us Anything on Podcasting!)
Date: Thurs 22nd Feb
Time: 7 – 8pm GMT 

TECHTALK: Start Small, Think Big: Building a Culture of Innovation
Date: Thurs 8th Feb
Time: 11:30am CST / 5:30pm UTC
Venue: online 

International Women’s Day 2024 Lightning Talks event “Inspire Inclusion”
Date: Tues 5th March
Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Venue: PA Consulting Group 

Intertrade Ireland Funding Advisory Service Workshop
Date: Thurs 22nd Feb
Time: 08:30 am
Venue: Clayton Hotel 

Visual Arts Ireland Webinar: Tax Advice for Artists in Northern Ireland
Date: Wed 21st Feb
Time: 03:00pm – 05:00pm GMT 

EXHIBITIONS 

Irish Linen Innovation
Dates: 13th Jan – 9th Feb
Venue: Island Arts Centre 

QEST Northern Ireland Showcase Exhibition
Dates: 1 February – 22 March
Venue: Craft NI Gallery 115 – 119 Royal Ave, Belfast 

I’m Wearing Carlyle Nuera
Dates: 11th Jan – 11th Feb
Venue: Naughton Gallery at Queen’s 

FESTIVALS 

RENDRfestival
Dates: 29 February – 1 March
Venue: Portview Trade Centre in East Belfast 

Imagine festival
Dates: 18th – 24th March
Venues: Various 

The Big Creative UK Summit Virtual Co-labs
Dates: Thu 7th – Fri 8th March
Venue: online 

Full listings including links on our website (link in profile). 

You can also sign up to our mailing list to get our creative roundup sent directly to your inbox every 6-8 weeks (link in profile). 

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Just a few tickets left for this creative talk next Wednesday evening with multidisciplinary designer Alana McDowell sharing her creative story.

Alana is a multi-disciplinary designer working between Australia and Belfast. Alana enjoys working across a diverse range of mediums from print and digital to large scale mural work. She has a keen interest in pop-culture and current affairs, drawing inspiration from areas she feels passionate about to create art with a rebellious edge. The projects Alana is most drawn to are those that reflect her personal interests, such as sustainability, female empowerment and music. You can expect heavy line work, bold type, 70s inspired graphics and bright contrasting colours in her work. Notable brands Alana has worked with include Nike, Adidas, Vans, WWF and Lululemon.

Alana will be sharing her creative story during this talk, talking about why she does what she does, how she started out, what she has learnt on her journey so far and her plans for the future.

You can find out more about Alana on her website: https://www.alanamcdowell.com/ or her Instagram: @alanamcdowell 

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Wednesday 7th February
Time: 7.00 – 8.00pm
Venue: Blick Shared Studios, 46 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LB

Book your free ticket on our website (link in bio)
* * NI Creative Hubs Meetup #2 New Date * *

Following a successful get-together in August, this is the second meetup for creative hubs and spaces in Northern Ireland to come together, connect, share ideas and support each other.

If you are involved with running or working in a creative hub in Northern Ireland we would love for you to join us at this our second meetup.

This event is a collaborative project between Blick Shared Studios, Boom Studios with the kind support of the Innovation Factory providing a venue for the meetup

Event Date(s): February 29, 2024

Event Time: 11am

Location: Innovation Factory, 385 Springfield Road, Forthriver Business Park, Belfast, BT12 7DG

Cost: Free

Book your place via our website. Link in profile
As we approach the end of January and make plans for the year ahead, we wanted to take some time to look back and reflect on the previous year. To learn from and have gratitude for all of our experiences as we look to the future. A lot of 2023 for us at Blick was spent rebuilding our systems and processes and new website following the pandemic, but we also had some amazing opportunities to try new things, learn, research, and reflect.

You can read the full article on our blog (link in profile)

Thank you to everyone who was part of our journey in 2023, we are looking forward to this new year and the opportunities it will bring. Our first event for this year is a creative talk with multi-disciplinary designer Alana McDowell (https://www.alanamcdowell.com/) on Wed 7th February at 7pm in our Hill St studios. If you would like to come along, you can sign up for free via our website (link in profile)
An oasis of calm amongst all the storms, the perfect space to think and create and start the week afresh!

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