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Bangor's Creative Social Enterprise

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 !!

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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Being Creative: Tools in how to maintain creativity and overcome blocks
Apr
4
10:00 AM10:00

Being Creative: Tools in how to maintain creativity and overcome blocks

Being Creative: Tools in how to maintain creativity and overcome blocks
Thursday 4 April
10am – 4pm
Boom! Studios
£20 / £40 (non-members)

Do you ever have those times when creativity seems to have left the room?

The muse is on holidays and the blank paper/canvas/screen in front of you becomes a daunting prospect?

If so, then this workshop is for you. The workshop offers highly practical methods, tips, and techniques that support creativity. It emphasises discipline and commitment to ongoing learning and focuses on both Process and Structure in the act of creating.

Miriam Logan facilitates participants through the following aspects of her creative empowerment course which she has adapted from her practice as both an artist and an empowerment trainer.

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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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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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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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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
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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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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