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Whats On - Creative Sector

We live in a creative place and there is a lot happening that supports the creative sector. This is a One-Stop Shop for all the events/activites/meet-ups/training/exhbitions and general opportunites that are happening in our or close to our area.

DON’T MISS OUT !!

RUA Call for Artists
May
7
to Jul 5

RUA Call for Artists

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 
138th Annual Exhibition

Founded in 1879, the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts is the largest and longest established body of practicing visual artists in Northern Ireland. One of its founding principles was to hold an annual exhibition of work by both members and non–members of merit. Now in its 138th year, this event remains one of the highlights of the Northern Irish arts calendar. The 138th Annual Exhibition will run at the Ulster Museum, Belfast from 18th October 2019 to 5th January 2020. The Royal Ulster Academy welcomes submissions from emerging and established artists across the disciplines of the visual arts. Initial Submissions should be made online. Image credit - Jennifer Trouton

Entry Deadline: 05 July 2019 4pm  View Entry Requirements

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Ards and North Down Borough Council  - Artist Grants
May
7
to May 20

Ards and North Down Borough Council - Artist Grants

Individual Artist Grant

Professional Artists working and living in the Borough may apply through the Artistic Development Scheme for support towards training costs and artistic residencies. A maximum grant of £250 is available. 

 

Applications for Round 2 of the Individual Artist Grant 2019/20 are now open

 

DEADLINE: Monday 20 May 2019, 12noon

CLICK HERE to download an Application Pack for the Individual Artist Grant.

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Youth Arts Training Grant

Available to young people living in the Borough who wish to undertake short-term or one-off youth arts training or development opportunities. A maximum grant of £250 is available. 

Applications for Round 2 of the Youth Arts Training Grant 2019/20 are now open

DEADLINE: Monday 20 May 2019, 12noon

CLICK HERE to download an Application Pack for the Youth Arts Training Grant.

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Arts Project Grant

Available to arts, community and special interest groups throughout the Ards and North Down Borough area who wish to enhance existing, and undertake new community arts activities. Grants of up to £1,000 max. are available.

 

SMALL Arts Project Grant

The SMALL Arts Project Grant is designed to assist arts events, projects or activities which will take place in the Ards and North Down Borough Council area. This grant is only available to groups with an annual income of less than £20,000. Grants of up to £250 max. are available. 

 

 

Applications for Round 2 of the Arts Project Grant 2019/20 are now open

 

DEADLINE: Friday 17 May 2019, 12noon

CLICK HERE to download an Application Pack for the Arts Project Grant.

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Applications for all Arts Grants Programmes will be available from: 

  • Download online via the links above, or on Ards and North Down Borough Council's website: www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/resident/grants 

  • Email: arts@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk 

  •  In person from: Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards, BT23 4NP

  •  Telephone Ards Arts Centre: 028 9181 0803

 

 

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Creativity and the Architecture of Risk
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

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 journey and look to empower you with insight, skills and confidence to encourage people to try something new, whether that is you, your audience or clients.

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Make, Mount  & Mend
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Make, Mount & Mend

Have you got an old frame at home, needing some love? We are hosting a workshop over two evenings, which will focus on upcycling old frames - giving them a new lease of life with paints, washes and waxes, a fresh mount, and new glass. Bring along any artwork that will fit - it could be the original artwork from the frame, or something new. 

Over the two evenings, we will help and guide you to take apart your old frame, and re-purpose it with various paint effects. We will also help you cut a new mount and glass, then re-assemble it, ensuring all parts are cleaned, with new fixtures and hanging attachments. 

A glass of something nice and some nibbles will, of course, be provided!

Wednesday evenings - 8th & 15th May - 7 - 9.30 PM





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May
7
3:30 PM15:30

Ise City Residency

We have launched an open call seeking five UK-based artists working in any art form, to travel to Japan for an artistic research residency as part of 'UK in Japan 2019-20'. The residency will take place over a period of two weeks in October 2019 in Ise City, the home of Ise Shrine, one of the most important and prestigious Shinto Shrines in Japan.

During the two-week research residency, five UK artists will take part in a programme which includes: visits to hidden parts of Ise Shrine which are not generally opened to the public; travel to other cultural heritage sites and meetings with Japanese Shinto priests, craft makers, local residents as well as Japanese contemporary artists.

The residency has been developed by the British Council in collaboration with the Department of Industry and Tourism Ise City and will coincide with an exciting year of UK-Japan exchange titled ‘UK in Japan 2019-20’ jointly organised by the British Council and British Embassy Tokyo. While Japan will attract the global attention with these key moments, the residency will provide the UK artists a unique experience to encounter the beauty of Japanese culture and its tradition, explore its relevance to the 21st century and build new cultural relationships with Japan.

For further details please see our Open Call (PDF) below.

We aim to create a diverse group of artists on this residency and welcome applications from all. If you wish to discuss any access requirements or apply in an alternative format please email dom.hastings@britishcouncil.org or call 0131 524 5759.

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Young at Art - Opportunities
May
7
to May 14

Young at Art - Opportunities

Opportunities to get involved in Young at Art

Current Opportunities

Young At Art and Young At Art Events are currenty recruiting the following roles:

  • Young at Art Events, Events Coordinator, deadline - 12 noon, Tuesday 7 May 2019

  • Young at Art, Marketing Manager, deadline - 12 noon, Tuesday 14 May 2019

  • Young at Art, Education and Engagement Officer, deadline - 12 noon, Tuesday 14 May 2019

  • Young at Art Events, Business Development Manager, deadline - 12 noon, Tuesday 14 May 2019

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Pricing Your Work with Louise Gorman
May
7
1:00 PM13:00

Pricing Your Work with Louise Gorman

Pricing Your Work with Louise Gorman
Saturday 25th May, 1pm - 4pm
VAI Belfast Offices
£20 / £10 (VAI Members)

This session will consider effective pricing of your product or service, including pricing methods and strategies. We will also review your costs, both direct and indirect costs, and how to manage your quotes, invoices and payments. We will also discuss business banking; the benefits and pitfalls.

Louise Gorman is a Chartered Management Accountant and Managing Director of Balanced Business Solutions, BBS (NI) Ltd. BBS is dedicated to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of finance management by maximising the use of resources, including people, processes and technology. Louise has extensive experience of finance within the arts, having worked with local theatre companies including the Grand Opera House, the Mac, the Lyric Theatre, and is a past Chair of Bruiser Theatre Company. Louise has been delivering training for over 10 years, including a business start-up program.

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Women Who Code x Womenfolk
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Women Who Code x Womenfolk

Thursday 18th April 2019
7-9pm
Vault Studios
Tower Street
Belfast
BT5 4FH

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 talk about journeys from conception to execution, the continuously male dominated world of work, and celebrate women who are pushing the boundaries of change and making a difference in their industry!

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'THE HUSTLE BEHIND THE HYPE'A Pep Talk By David Johnston
Apr
12
10:00 AM10:00

'THE HUSTLE BEHIND THE HYPE'A Pep Talk By David Johnston

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The best excuse to get out of work.

Friday 12 April, Baltic at Bullitt from 10am.
DAVID JOHNSTON is the founder of OutsideIn, a Northern Irish streetwear label on a mission to re-write homelessness globally. The idea is simple: using the 'wear one, share one' concept OI gives every customer who purchases an item of clothing another to donate to a homeless person. Buyers can choose to donate themselves or hand over that responsibility to members of the OutsideIn team. The movement has spread to over 115 cities with over 35,000 products donated worldwide.

Creating something meaningful requires buckets of blood, sweat and tears - it may look like movements like OutsideIn happen organically or with little to no hard graft but in reality, there's always someone who has to put everything on the line to make it work. Join us on Friday 12 April as David unpacks 'The Hustle Behind The Hype'. Reserve your spot now via the ticket link above.

FREE ENTRY & FREE COFFEE

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Bangor Literature Journal  - 40 words competition
Apr
10
3:30 PM15:30

Bangor Literature Journal - 40 words competition

The Forty Words Competition is now open for submissions. 

The deadline for submissions is 10th April 2019.

For this competition there are two categories:

A MINI-FICTION CATEGORY: ENTER A PIECE OF PROSE ON ANY TOPIC, IN ANY STYLE, AS LONG AS IT IS 40 WORDS OR LESS. (TITLE NOT INCLUDED IN WORD COUNT)

A MINI-POETRY CATEGORY: ENTER A POEM ON ANY TOPIC, ANY STYLE AND ANY AMOUNT OF LINES OR STANZAS, AS LONG AS IT IS 40 WORDS OR LESS. (TITLE NOT INCLUDED IN WORD COUNT)

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"Yes You Can" - Networking with like Minded Women
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

"Yes You Can" - Networking with like Minded Women

The networking events will be delivered Northern Ireland wide and are aimed at all female entrepreneurs from those who haven’t started trading, to those who want to grow their business. Those attending will be motivated by keynote speakers and will benefit from facilitated networking with like minded women.

Who?

  • Women at the pre-start, start up, trading and growth stages. 

  • Women who want more information on support available

  • Women who are self-employed/one man band and feel isolated and want to meet like minded women.

  • Women who want to feel energised and motivated in their business mind set

Why Attend?

These networking events aim to have a consistent approach throughout Northern Ireland and to initiate female networking in all areas. 

What?

Half day events, normally offered in the morning or early evening. The event will be a combination of a keynote speaker and facilitated networking. In some areas where there are existing local networking initiatives the event may be run in partnership. 

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Martin Clayton - A Life in Drawing
Apr
4
1:00 PM13:00

Martin Clayton - A Life in Drawing

Martin Clayton is Head of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Collection Trust and a world leading expert on Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings. Hear him discuss Leonardo da Vinci's works at this exclusive Belfast talk as part of our current 'Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing' exhibition. Pre-booking is essential to secure your space.

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Ceramics. - Open Studio
Apr
3
10:00 AM10:00

Ceramics. - Open Studio

Ceramics Open Studio including two demonstrations and talk (morning and afternoon) with Artist in Residence Mr. David McComiskey and studio tour by Michael Moore 

10am: Studio Introduction - Michael Moore 

10.30am: David McComiskey Throwing/ Decorating Demonstration

1.30pm: 2nd Studio Introduction - Michael Moore

2pm: Ceramics Lecture in the 04 Student Hub

3pm: Return to Decorating Demonstration with David McComiskey

4pm Close

To attend please email m.moore@ulster.ac.uk

Attendance numbers will be capped to 15 per session.

Date: Wednesday, 3 April 2019 at 10am

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Blick Academy: Setting up a Website for Your Creative Startup
Apr
2
6:30 PM18:30

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 decide what content and features you will need to include.

This workshop is FREE to attend and is kindly facilitated by Lizi Daley Web Designer/Team Leader Kaizen Brand Evolution

Web designer at Kaizen Brand Evolution Lizi ensures that all digital content and websites are forward thinking and progressive. She likes to push the envelope with functionality online while keeping the user in mind at all times, this approach excites the client and when executed successfully secures long standing relationships.




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Arts Night at the Museum
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Arts Night at the Museum

Experience art at North Down Museum!
The historic museum building will be filled with art for everyone to enjoy. Try clay work, painting, print-making and lots more. Take the opportunity to watch artists at work, get stuck in or just sit back, relax and enjoy the music!
This free event is fun for all the family.

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Blick Academy: The Ten (Financial) Commandments… for the self-employed creative…
Mar
27
6:30 PM18:30

Blick Academy: The Ten (Financial) Commandments… for the self-employed creative…

Blick Academy: The Ten (Financial) Commandments… for the self-employed creative…

Date: 27/03/18 | Location: Blick Shared Studios, 46 Hill Street, BT12LB

Wednesday 27th March 2019
6:30pm

Have you thought about retiring early to sunnier

climes? Of course you have, who hasn’t? But have you ever thought practically how to plan for your sun-soaked dream?

Do you want to invest in the future of your company but can’t quite decide where to start?

Have you ever considered the possibility that you might be struck by (figurative and financial) lightning?

If so, you should come to our seminar, our professional advisers and their brains are here to be picked!

Compass Financial Associates will present their Golden (Financial) Rules for the Creative at Blick Studios on the 27th of March at 6.30PM.

We aim to demystify and (try to) deboringify the world of pensions, protection and investments.
We’ll make it relevant to your experience by focusing on the challenges faced by those in the creative industries and we’ll explain how we can help you to plan your financial future.



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Patent Searching Workshop
Mar
27
9:00 AM09:00

Patent Searching Workshop

Intellectual Property Rights are becoming increasingly important to Northern Ireland businesses.

Invest NI, in conjunction with the European Patent Office (EPO), are holding two workshops in this specialist area.

The Patent Searching workshop will use the Espacenet® database which offers free access to information about inventions and technical developments from the 19th century up to today.

Accessible to beginners and experts, Espacenet® contains data on more than 90 million patent documents from around the world. Supporting information can help you understand whether a patent has been granted and if it is still in force.



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Bangor Chamber of Commerce   Successful innovation - Method over madness
Mar
26
9:00 AM09:00

Bangor Chamber of Commerce Successful innovation - Method over madness

Our March business event is a free event and will be talking about INNOVATION. This is a subject that applies to EVERY BUSINESS and you should absolutely come along to hear more!

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Tuesday 26th March

Venue: Top floor Studio, BOOM! Studios (80a Main Street, Bangor) *This is a fabulous new studio space that is the perfect place to talk about innovation!

Time: 9am onwards: Arrival for tea/coffee and networking

Presentation: 9.30am for one hour that will include a Q&A session

Event ends: 10.30am

Kelly is a wonderful and inspiring speaker and facilitator. You will be inspired and motivated!

If you are a Bangor Business and want to attend, DM me with your business name & email before 5pm, Friday 22nd March

EVENT INFORMATION

Successful innovation - Method over madness

Innovation is a journey that starts with creating ideas, then choosing and implementing the best ones that add most value. Many businesses are great at ideas generation but only some make it all the way through the innovation journey. Yet innovation is essential for businesses to thrive (and survive) in a world where change is more fast paced and unpredictable than ever. So what is the secret to successful innovation?

This practical and interactive session will look at:

- What is innovation and why does it matter to your business?

- The challenges of innovation… and how to overcome them

Dr Kelly Clark is Managing Director at Orryx, a specialist innovation advisory practice that works with businesses and the public sector to helps them innovate and transform for the future. Orryx works closely with Innovation 360 Group who are leading international experts in innovation management.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Artist Contracts: Protecting yourself by being prepared
Mar
19
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Contracts: Protecting yourself by being prepared

Artist Contracts: Protecting yourself by being prepared
Tuesday 19 March, 6-9pm
Ards Art Centre
£10 / £5 (VAI members)

Are you prepared for when something goes wrong?

In their professional lives, artists enter into many contracts: they sell their works; they provide services to organisations; they are commissioned to produce new works; they exhibit in galleries; they give permission to reproduce their works for various purposes. All of these activities involve entering into contracts. In fact, virtually all professional dealings of the artist will involve the question of contract. And when something goes wrong in those dealings, and the artist seeks advice, the first issue that must be addressed is; “Was there a valid contract?”

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Mar
19
9:00 AM09:00

1-2-1 Business Mentoring @Signal

The Economic Development Section of Ards and North Down Borough Council offers a free one hour, 1-1 business advice service as part of its overall activities. Four days have been dedicated in March to businesses seeking to benefit from this service. Businesses wishing to register should also consider using the business health check tool, found here. Places are limited, early registration is recommended. 

Please note, data will be shared with Core Consulting who will be carrying out these sessions on behalf of the Council.

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SERC Curent vacancies
Mar
15
9:30 AM09:30

SERC Curent vacancies

Current Vacancies

We need the best talent to help us become a world leader. As well as a challenging role which will add value to your CV you will get an attractive renumeration package, access to professional development opportunities and the chance to work with some of the best in the education sector.https://www.serc.ac.uk/jobs

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Mar
14
to Mar 29

Shout-Out to Artists & Artisan Makers The hidden Garden Experience Summer Art Fair

The hidden Garden Experience Summer Art Fair in the Marine Court Hotel Bangor

Sunday 2nd June 1-5pm

Our list of stallholders is growing fast but
we still have stalls available ( £30 per table)
artists and artisan makers who want to join in can book by emailing hughregan55@gmail.com with details of their work and 2 images

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Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

How to Draw Good- Pilot Evening

Want to learn how to illustrate, but can just about manage a stick figure?

Come along to this new series of workshops where you’ll learn valuable new skills, gain access to Sam’s extensive library of books and get to hang in a relaxed environment with other groovy people.

The 1st hour of the workshop will be an introduction to the fundamentals of drawing and illustration while the 2nd half will be a general forum for questions, tutoring or just time to kick back and draw if you want to relax with some of my art texts

General admission is £6 on the night which gets you refreshments, access to the library and the lesson.

If you are running a bit short on cash? Sam wants to provide a good learning environment for folks so pay what you can OR bring along good or drink to donate for folks :)

We encourage you to bring your own supplies but some is supplied.

Need more info?

Contact Sam on Sam’s Facebook, by phone at 07713091472 or by instagram @peligro_ink


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Visual Artists Helpdesk / Project Clinic
Mar
13
11:00 AM11:00

Visual Artists Helpdesk / Project Clinic

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Visual Artists Helpdesk / Project Clinic
Wednesday 13th March
11am – 4pm
Visual Artists Ireland, Belfast Office
£5 / £2.50

With Rob Hilken (Northern Ireland Manager, Visual Artists Ireland).

Artists can book in for a 30 minute one-to-one appointment to discuss any aspects of their professional careers.

Topics we cover can include:

Funding applications
Proposals
Artist statements, bios and CVs
Signposting to relevant arts organisations and contacts
Strategic planning
Tax and finance
Website and social media
Networking
If you are looking for feedback on text or images, it is often helpful to send us relevant material a week before your appointment: rob@visualartists-ni.org

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Have Your Say! Draft 5-year Strategic Framework for Developing the Arts 2019-2024
Mar
12
to Mar 22

Have Your Say! Draft 5-year Strategic Framework for Developing the Arts 2019-2024

Have Your Say! Draft 5-year Strategic Framework for Developing the Arts 2019-2024

Public consultation is now open!

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has developed its draft Strategic Framework for the Arts 2019-2024 in consultation with the arts sector and key stakeholders, as well as our partners in local and central government, and the wider public sector. The strategy will establish the key priorities and actions that the Arts Council will pursue over the next five-year period.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland are now pleased to put the draft Strategic Framework out to full public consultation.

To share your views with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, you can:

  • Complete our online survey – click here

  • Send us your views by email to strategy@artscouncil-ni.org

  • Write to them at: Five-year Strategy Response, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 1 The Sidings, Antrim Road, Lisburn BT28 3AJ

The draft strategic framework document can be downloaded below.

The draft strategic framework document (pdf)

For more information, visit www.artscouncil-ni.org/research-and-development/consultation

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opportunity to visit Collision, “America’s fastest growing tech conference” from 20 - 23 May 2019 in Toronto, Canada.
Mar
11
3:30 PM15:30

opportunity to visit Collision, “America’s fastest growing tech conference” from 20 - 23 May 2019 in Toronto, Canada.

Overview

Invest Northern Ireland is offering clients the opportunity to visit Collision“America’s fastest growing tech conference” from 20 - 23 May 2019 in Toronto, Canada.

Created by the team behind Web Summit, in three years, Collision has grown to almost 20,000 attendees from 119 countries.

Attendees include CEOs of both the world’s fastest growing startups and the world’s largest companies, alongside leading investors and media.

Eligible clients will be offered 50% of a return economy airfare and up to £75 a night towards accommodation.



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