Creativity Thirst Belfast

A partnership between the WEA and Belfast City Council
Are you are considering setting up your own business in the Creative Industries? Or looking to make a little extra income with your creative skills? Well this project is for you.
This short, accessible programme will enable learners to develop a full business plan and a portfolio, including IT presentations and promotional material of their craft/ skills. Participants will also receive guidance from a mentor who will prompt and guide them through this experience. And all within a creative learning environment. This project has been developed by the WEA in response to specific needs identified in the Creative Industries and follows on from the highly successful pilot scheme which took place last year.
Who’s it for?
Anyone living in the Belfast City Council area who holds qualifications in their particular skills area at Level 2 or above and wants to explore income generation or self-employment in the Creative Industries Applicants must attend a short interview at the start of September before beginning the programme

What will I be doing?
Learners are expected to complete both courses

Irresistible Business Level 2:
Thursday 17th September, 6.45pm-9.45pm for 12 weeks.

An opportunity to look at what exactly is required in being self-employed and gain support in initial steps in setting up in business. This is the ideal entry point for those wishing to get involved in business start-up and will allow you to explore the implications of self-employment and starting/running your own business ]

Professional Practice in The Creative Industries Level 1:
Saturday, 19th September, 3rd and 17th October. 10.00am-4.30pm, for 3 weeks
The course is suitable for those who wish to develop their professional profile (including the use of presentation skills if necessary), consider employment opportunities or self employment which would result in gaining work in the Creative Industries.

Taster Sessions:
As part of the “Creativity Thirst”, Belfast project, four taster sessions were delivered in two locations across the city. These sessions were presented by practitioners who work both locally and internationally in the Creative Industries. The role models were asked to tell us about their work, how they have reached their current position and how they used business skills to get to this point. Each slot was opened by a representative from a supporting organisation who explained how their services connect within the context of the Creative Industries.

Similarities are clear within their approaches to business but specific disciplines show the differences involved in the Creative Industries.

Here is what other people said of the last Creativity Thirst
Elaine Hill, a Photographer who participated on last year’s pilot project said
"Prior to starting the course my work revolved around PR shots, weekly gigs and the occasional wedding. I was lacking focus. Creativity Thirst has given me this focus and has helped me think outside the box and now my weddings have doubled. My understanding of self promotion and finance has increased; as has my confidence. I would recommend this programme to anyone who wants to make the most of their career."

Councillor Michael Browne, Chairman of Belfast City Council’s Development committee commented
"This project is unique in that it has been developed to address the gap in business start-up readiness at entry level in the creative sector. The main aim of the programme is to enable those thinking of starting their own business in the creative sector to develop a full business plan, a portfolio, and promotional material through the use of specialised mentors relevant to their business idea.

Belfast City Council recognises that the creative industries is a major growth sector and contributor to wealth in the economy and initiatives such as this will provide a unique platform to harness individual talent, develop business ideas and further enhance the development of this exciting sector."

For further details please contact Carole Kane on 028 90 329718 or email: To download the leaflet please click here



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