Create Your Career is an opportunity to hear from industry experts in design, art, music, digital, innovation, film and more! We've brought together top NI talent to share their stories, advice and experience of building their career in a creative role. Find out more about different aspects of this vibrant sector and shape your future career goals. Join us for a day of talks, workshops and interactive demos as we explore many aspects of creativity!
Abigail*Ryan is a web design, styling & photography studio from husband and wife team, Abigail and Ryan Bell. Their passion is working with small brands, designer-makers, shop owners and interesting businesses to capture fantastic shots of what they make and do, adding value and beauty to the face of brands. Join us for a one-off workshop and apply for a one-to-one mentoring session!
We're offering the chance to achieve an OCN qualification in Digital Fabrication - on a totally free course! This programme will allow you to explore the processes of vinyl cutting and laser cutting, learning your way around the necessary design software and playing with different materials.
Taking inspiration from our surroundings, recording our ideas and playing and experimenting to develop them can bring unlimited possibilities and maximise our creative potential.
Our speakers will discuss how they record ideas, thoughts and processes; how to develop and communicate them. We will learn of the importance of experimenting freely, the beauty of failure and transforming our mistakes into something useful.
Join us for an inspiring evening of talks, a chance to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and some pre-Christmas Nibbles!
To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017, we're running a one-day workshop to allow you to brainstorm and visually map your creative business plans! This is a workshop for start-up businesses or for those with an idea to put into practice - no prior business plans required.
In a modern society, the world is at our fingertips. Digital tools and connected communities mean that businesses can have global success outside of traditional urban clusters. For many of NI's creative industries, a local or rural location is a positive aspect of their practice.
Rebecca Killen and Síofra Caherty will be sharing their experiences of building their profiles locally and working towards international presence. We'll be chatting about everything from cultural tourism to sustainable production.
Ever Considered Crowdfunding?
This can be a powerful tool to raise funds to launch that new product, showcase your work or bring that idea to life! Your project must capture the attention of the public to be successful and so a carefully planned and well designed campaign is essential. This can seem an intimidating process for a first time user and so we will take the mystery out of it by chatting through tips for a successful campaign, the pitfalls and the opportunities.
Join us for a discussion with three creative businesses who have reached their targets and have used the power of crowdfunding to develop their creative pursuits!
Science meets Art for our next meetup as we are joined by Dr Sally Walmsley who uses creative practice, facilitation and research to produce installations and performances which are often site-specific. Her creative collaboration involves elements of performance and digital media. She is a composer and writer whose recent Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence at Armagh Observatory has produced an installation ‘Beyond Limits’ which explores the overlap of art, science and technology in the international research world of the astronomer.
To celebrate Creativity Month 2017, Create: Innovate: Armagh are hosting a day of creative business development workshops at the Amma Centre in association with CIDO Innovation Centre. These workshops are suitable for anyone running their own creative business of any specialism (or thinking of starting up!)
Stephen Henderson will be leading our February meetup with an introduction to his business, Ruach Music. The company manufactures musical instruments in Kilkeel with a focus on high-quality craftsmanship. Stephen will discuss how he started his business at the young age of 16 with a cajon, quickly developing a unique design and functionality. He will share his experience working with i3, Southern Regional College's business support centre. We will also welcome Laura McGirr, Innovation and Technology specialist at i3 who will talk through the opportunities that businesses and startups can access through SRC.
We're opening up our maker equipment to GCSE and A-Level students to help to support your coursework development! Come along and use our laser cutter, 3D printers and vinyl cutter to experiment with new techniques, develop ideas and bring something different to your coursework.
We are back this month for our first meetup of 2017 and network member, Paul Eliasberg will be discussing his creative practice versus his commercial work. As well as employment in graphic design, Paul works freelance as a designer, photographer and on the occasional art project. Aside from his commercial work, Paul relishes the opportunity to go low-tech and experiment with analogue (sometimes homemade) cameras or upcycle donated items to explore the borders of craft, making, art and science.
For our November meetup, we welcome Dave Linton of Madlug. Dave is a social entrepreneur, using his 'for purpose' lifestyle brand Madlug to raise awareness of the value and worth of children in care and ensuring the dignity of these children as they move through their lives. Dave will talk through the inspiration behind Madlug and the opportunities and importance of social enterprise.
A series of 4 workshops to introduce our making technology. We'll take you step-by-step through a project that will incorporate skills in 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC milling and vinyl cutting. You'll learn how to use the necessary software and get to grips with different materials and processes. On completion of this training, you'll have the chance to apply your new skills to personal projects.
This month, ceramic artist Ciara Campbell will be discussing how she balances delivering a varied workshop programme alongside her creative practice and the importance of both to her career. Ciara is currently artist in residence at the Artspace in Oxford Island Nature Reserve. She makes a range of colourful, whimsical ceramic pieces designed to bring a sense of fun and nostalgic joy to the viewer. Her work can often be physically interacted with, delighting with sound or movement. She also creates a range of porcelain jewellery. Ciara delivers workshops that promote creativity, wellbeing and team building, catering to a diverse audience including adults, children, the elderly and people with additional needs.
This month, David Searle will be joining us to discuss his business journey from concept to product launch. David is an engineer by background with over 30 years experience in the manufacturing industry. He is a part-time lecturer at SWC, is self-employed supporting small business growth in Northern Ireland and is currently developing his own business - DaVinci Toys. He will talk us through the design phase, prototyping process and use of key equipment and cad software. Not to be missed!
Come and experience the vibrancy of Armagh as it showcases its arts, heritage and culture. The Create: Innovate: Armagh Network will be promoting our meetups through live demos of their work in progress, featuring Mary Murphy (jewellery), Pauric Daly (woodwork), Maria Joyce (paper artistry) and Bridie Smyth (artist). We'll be live at the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre from 7pm - 9pm - come and see what we're about!
This series of workshops will give participants the opportunity to experiment with a variety of digital fabrication processes and future making techniques and understand how we can use these alongside traditional making skills. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment and use these techniques to customise/repurpose/modify a wearable piece.
This month, network member Rebecca Walsh will be discussing her business, Ink Consultancy and her specialisms in collaborative innovation consultancy, product and service design and innovation training. We'll be talking through ideas of how you can get involved in Culture Night in Armagh.
This month, network member Shauna Dunlop of Emain Publications will be chatting about how she developed her own business in the publishing industry. Shauna founded her business to share children's stories filled with hope, healing and love. Having written and published the Orlagh Rose Stories in memory of her daughter, she now helps other authors to bring their books to life.
Hustlers, Builders and Creatives from Belfast's Bank of Invention Team will join us in Armagh for a joint meetup with our Create: Innovate: Armagh Network. Interested to learn more? A few of the team from Bank of Invention will come along and discuss what they have been working on and what their plans are for 2016 and beyond. There will be opportunities for casual chat and networking; getting to know each other and brainstorming ideas. We have a shared vision of collaborative working and using creative space to spark innovation and encourage entrepreneurship.