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If it’s a business you will need to know how you will make money (what your business model is), how big your target market is, who your competitors will be, why your idea will be different/better and how you will actually get your product or service to market. How customers will find you and how you will get your product or service to them.

This exercise is a great one to get you to start thinking about your idea and getting your ideas down on paper. Below are some prompts to get you started.

01. What is your creative idea?

02. What is your vision for your creative idea?

03. What makes your idea different or unique?

04. Who do you think will buy your products or services?

05. Why do you think they will buy your products or services?

06. How do you plan to reach these people?

Developing and Defining Your Creative Idea Exercise: Getting To Know Your Creative Idea

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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!

#blickstudios #creativeworkspace #creativehub #studiospace #sharedworkspace
- - MEET THE RESIDENT: STEPHANIE HECKMAN VISUAL PRACTITIONER - -

Stephanie is one of our newest creative residents in our Hill St studios. Here she tells us a bit about her creative practice, her journey with her business so far as well as some of the things that have helped her on that journey.

You can read the full interview on our blog (link in bio)

And find out more about Stephanie on her website and social media :

Website: www.stephanieheckman.com

Instagram: @stephaniesaloli

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/stephanieaheckman