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Sharing the stories of creative entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland and beyond through podcasts and other creative outputs.Check out Great Creators, a brand new podcast by The Graduate School at Queen's in partnership with Belfast Design Week and released via STBD.

Latest Episodes

GREAT CREATORS - 02 - Brain & Nerd + The Photography Ethics Centre

This episode is about design, innovation and research in the Creative Industries and features indie games company Brain & Nerd’s Tina Lauro Pollock and founder of The Photography Ethics Centre Savannah Dodd. ... TINA LAURO POLLOCK BRAIN & NERD Tina Lauro Pollock is the producer, co-founder and co-director of indie games studio Brain & Nerd. The studio has been running for nearly a decade, starting out with a Kickstarter crowdfunded space strategy game called Predestination and the Brain & Nerd team have since developed others including survival game Hortalius and simulator game InCubator. Outside of games development, Tina has written extensively within the tech and games sector and now heads up the Games Northern Ireland community as chairperson. Find out more: https://brainandnerd.com https://twitter.com/brainandnerd https://twitter.com/PurpleTinabeans (Tina) https://twitter.com/nyphur (Brendan) INCubator images and UK Games Fund page link: https://ukgamesfund.com/funded-project/incubator/ Hortalius website: https://hortalius.com/ ... SAVANNAH DODD THE PHOTOGRAPHY ETHICS CENTRE Savannah Dodd is a photographer and anthropologist originally from St. Louis in the USA and currently living, working and studying in Belfast. Alongside her creative practice, Savannah founded the Photography Ethics Centre as an essential educational resource for photographers and is a PhD candidate in anthropology at Queen's University Belfast. Savannah’s focus is on people, material culture, and the minutiae of everyday life. She often combines the disciplines of anthropology and photography to produce visual ethnography. http://savannahdodd.com https://www.photoethics.org https://twitter.com/PhotoEthics … RESOURCES The Graduate School at Queen's University - http://www.qub.ac.uk/graduate-school/ QUB Enterprise SU - http://qubsu.org/EnterpriseSU/ Belfast Design Week - http://belfastdesignweek.com NI Screen - https://www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk The Pixel Mill -https://www.thepixelmill.com UK Games Fund - https://ukgamesfund.com Ormeau Baths -https://ormeaubaths.com Sync NI - https://syncni.com Arts Council NI - http://artscouncil-ni.org Women in Business -https://www.womeninbusinessni.com

56 MIN3 d ago
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GREAT CREATORS - 02 - Brain & Nerd + The Photography Ethics Centre

GREAT CREATORS - 01 - The Bucha's Dog & Born Maverick

Welcome to Great Creators, a podcast series sharing the diverse stories of entrepreneurship in Northern Ireland. We’ll feature start-ups, community-led projects and established businesses which together make up the rich innovation ecosystem. We want to highlight that opportunity is all around, if you know where to look for it and to delve deeper into understanding how a product or service comes about from those “in the know” - the entrepreneurs themselves! The podcast will share different business models and approaches, the challenges and pivots of entrepreneurial journeys and contain useful and easy-to-implement advice and resources. If you’re interested in design, ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship, turn up the volume and listen in. This podcast is a project by The Graduate School at Queen’s University in partnership with Belfast Design Week. DR. PETER BARRETT / THE BUCHA’S DOG Dr. Peter Barrett is a scientist who has recently set up the first kombucha company in Northern Ireland - The Bucha’s Dog. Starting as a passion project in Peter’s kitchen for his own enjoyment and for family and friends, The Bucha’s Dog has grown organically to become a business and Peter's kombucha can now be found in many cafes, delis, bars and restaurants in Belfast and beyond. The Covid-19 lockdown has hit the hospitality sector hard but Peter has used this period to continue developing The Bucha’s Dog through rebranding, designing a new facility to make kombucha, coming up with new recipes and planning future workshops to teach people how to make their own home brews. Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thebuchasdog/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/thebuchasdog Website - https://www.thebuchas.dog AZHAR MURTUZA / BORN MAVERICK Azhar Murtuza is an entrepreneur who initially came to study at The Graduate School at Queen’s University in Belfast from Mangalore in India and decided to stay and set up an ethical food business, Born Maverick. He believes strongly that “change is up to us” and brings this philosophy to all aspects of his “flexitarian” food products and it is also his advice to entrepreneurs and “want”repreneurs. Azhar believes that Northern Ireland is an excellent place to set up a business and that opportunities are there all around us waiting to be found and made use of. Entering competitions and pitching has given Azhar the confidence to boldly forge forward with new products including coconut milk popsicles, vegan eggs, vegan prawns and coffee alternatives. As well as being an entrepreneur, Azhar is a keen writer and photographer taking in the beautiful landscapes of Northern Ireland. Twitter - https://twitter.com/bebornmaverick Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/born_maverick/ Website - https://www.wearepur.com RESOURCES The Graduate School at Queen's University - https://www.qub.ac.uk/graduate-school/ QUB Enterprise SU - https://qubsu.org/EnterpriseSU/ Belfast Design Week - http://belfastdesignweek.com Invest NI - https://www.investni.com Invest NI Business Information Centre - https://www.investni.com/support-for-business/research-competitors-and-markets Catalyst Inc. - https://wearecatalyst.org Invent Awards - https://wearecatalyst.org/programmes/invent/

60 MIN2 w ago
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GREAT CREATORS - 01 - The Bucha's Dog & Born Maverick

STBD - 2.8. - Paul Currie (Comedian, Artist, Maker)

In our final episode of this season, we visit comedian, artist, musician, street performer and master of puppets, Paul Currie, at his creative space in the Vault Artist Studios in East Belfast. Familiar to comedy festival-goers across the UK, Ireland, Europe and Australia, Paul Currie’s uniquely silly and exhilaratingly hilarious shows have made him a favourite act for audiences, critics and performers alike. But as we discover, comedy is only one of the creative fields that Paul excels in. We find out about the growth and development of his relentless desire to create, his artistic inspirations, the challenges of depression, and the satisfaction of doing it yourself.

64 MIN2019 JUN 20
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STBD - 2.8. - Paul Currie (Comedian, Artist, Maker)

STBD - 2.7. Becca Hume (Design entrepreneur, founder of TapSOS app)

In this episode we hear about Belfast's design startup scene from someone who is in it right now - the founder of emergency services app TapSOS - Becca Hume. Starting out as a jewellery designer, Becca found she could turn her talents to app and service design. Becca talks about how the idea for the app came about and the ups and downs of startup life and the amazing journey she has been on so far. Having pitched and won several awards for her work, Becca gives great tips and advice for those starting up any new product or service.

45 MIN2019 MAY 30
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STBD - 2.7. Becca Hume (Design entrepreneur, founder of TapSOS app)

STBD - 2.6. Shannon Delores O'Neill (Musician, Sister Ghost & Girl's Rock School NI)

In this episode we find out what it’s really like to be a creative entrepreneur in the Northern Irish music industry with musician Shannon Delores O’Neill of alternative rock and garage punk band Sister Ghost. Shannon is also the founder of Girls Rock School NI, the Northern Irish chapter of a worldwide movement encouraging and empowering women and girls of all ages to riff, rock and roll through workshops, tutoring and events. We hear about what it takes to be a modern day musician and get tips and advice from someone in the know.

49 MIN2019 MAY 16
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STBD - 2.6. Shannon Delores O'Neill (Musician, Sister Ghost & Girl's Rock School NI)

STBD - 2.5. Esther Mogada (Multidisciplinary Artist, Creating A Space)

In this episode we speak with Esther Namokobe Mogada of Creating A Space and the Éalú Podcast and discuss what it's like being a multidisciplinary artist. We discuss the many, many projects Esther works on - from fashion, music, events, podcasts and beyond. We ask Esther about her experience setting up ventures as a young creative in Northern Ireland as well as her diverse roots and how they inform her creative output, and we discuss the importance of work-life balance as an entrepreneur and what Esther does to achieve this.

39 MIN2019 MAY 1
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STBD - 2.5. Esther Mogada (Multidisciplinary Artist, Creating A Space)

STBD - 2.4. Brian J. Falconer (Film producer, Out of Orbit)

In this episode we hear from Brian J. Falconer of Out Of Orbit on what it’s like being a film producer in Northern Ireland. We learn of how he went from producing smaller scale short films to large scale feature films and his love for throwing epic parties along the way. Brian shares the stories of the films he has worked on including Boogaloo and Graham, The Dig and Normal People and what it was like winning a BAFTA.

49 MIN2019 APR 17
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STBD - 2.4. Brian J. Falconer (Film producer, Out of Orbit)

STBD - 2.3. Adam Turkington (Freelance event creator and arts programmer, Seedhead Arts)

In this episode, we speak with freelance event organiser, cultural programmer and human talent networker Adam Turkington of Seedhead Arts. Adam does so much, it’s almost impossible to categorize him, and yet he is often the hidden presence behind so many of the things that are defining a new identity for Belfast, Northern Ireland – from the street parties of the annual Culture Night and the mesmerising street art, to quirky sold out lectures and entertainment events like Midweek Magic and the Half Cut Cabaret. In this conversation, we ask Adam about the journey he took to becoming what he calls a ‘freelance agitator’, discussing some of the major projects he has been involved with along the way such as the Trans Festival, Culture Night and Hit the North. We also speak about his new project, Vault, a creative community and shared studio space located in an abandoned college campus building in East Belfast.

45 MIN2019 APR 1
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STBD - 2.3. Adam Turkington (Freelance event creator and arts programmer, Seedhead Arts)

STBD - 2.2 - Jacky Sheridan (Illustrator, Typographer)

In this episode, we chat with Jacky Sheridan, a Belfast-based illustrator who creates bold, colourful artwork with a message to tell. Jacky’s clients include Subway, Coca Cola, Computer Arts, VICE and The Skinny and she is represented by Northern Irish illustration agency Usfolk. You’ll hear some top advice from a practicing illustrator - on how to pick your work, to reach out to clients and make sure you are managing the business side of your business - which can be challenging at times. This episode is lots of fun, with lots of swearing, so you’ve been warned!

45 MIN2019 MAR 17
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STBD - 2.2 - Jacky Sheridan (Illustrator, Typographer)

STBD - 2.1 - Kevin Beimers & Ross Morrisson (Game Developers, Italic Pig)

In this episode we hear from Kevin Beimers and Ross Morrison of Holywood-based games studio Italic Pig. That’s Holywood in Northern Ireland - for those non Norn Irish! We chat about their upcoming vertical reality game The Infinite Hotel - which they are already winning awards for - how they came up with the idea for it as well as the state of the local indie games scene in Northern Ireland. We also talk about how to pick the right idea for a project, which is a task many creatives struggle with.

61 MIN2019 MAR 3
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STBD - 2.1 - Kevin Beimers & Ross Morrisson (Game Developers, Italic Pig)

Latest Episodes

GREAT CREATORS - 02 - Brain & Nerd + The Photography Ethics Centre

This episode is about design, innovation and research in the Creative Industries and features indie games company Brain & Nerd’s Tina Lauro Pollock and founder of The Photography Ethics Centre Savannah Dodd. ... TINA LAURO POLLOCK BRAIN & NERD Tina Lauro Pollock is the producer, co-founder and co-director of indie games studio Brain & Nerd. The studio has been running for nearly a decade, starting out with a Kickstarter crowdfunded space strategy game called Predestination and the Brain & Nerd team have since developed others including survival game Hortalius and simulator game InCubator. Outside of games development, Tina has written extensively within the tech and games sector and now heads up the Games Northern Ireland community as chairperson. Find out more: https://brainandnerd.com https://twitter.com/brainandnerd https://twitter.com/PurpleTinabeans (Tina) https://twitter.com/nyphur (Brendan) INCubator images and UK Games Fund page link: https://ukgamesfund.com/funded-project/incubator/ Hortalius website: https://hortalius.com/ ... SAVANNAH DODD THE PHOTOGRAPHY ETHICS CENTRE Savannah Dodd is a photographer and anthropologist originally from St. Louis in the USA and currently living, working and studying in Belfast. Alongside her creative practice, Savannah founded the Photography Ethics Centre as an essential educational resource for photographers and is a PhD candidate in anthropology at Queen's University Belfast. Savannah’s focus is on people, material culture, and the minutiae of everyday life. She often combines the disciplines of anthropology and photography to produce visual ethnography. http://savannahdodd.com https://www.photoethics.org https://twitter.com/PhotoEthics … RESOURCES The Graduate School at Queen's University - http://www.qub.ac.uk/graduate-school/ QUB Enterprise SU - http://qubsu.org/EnterpriseSU/ Belfast Design Week - http://belfastdesignweek.com NI Screen - https://www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk The Pixel Mill -https://www.thepixelmill.com UK Games Fund - https://ukgamesfund.com Ormeau Baths -https://ormeaubaths.com Sync NI - https://syncni.com Arts Council NI - http://artscouncil-ni.org Women in Business -https://www.womeninbusinessni.com

56 MIN3 d ago
Comments
GREAT CREATORS - 02 - Brain & Nerd + The Photography Ethics Centre

GREAT CREATORS - 01 - The Bucha's Dog & Born Maverick

Welcome to Great Creators, a podcast series sharing the diverse stories of entrepreneurship in Northern Ireland. We’ll feature start-ups, community-led projects and established businesses which together make up the rich innovation ecosystem. We want to highlight that opportunity is all around, if you know where to look for it and to delve deeper into understanding how a product or service comes about from those “in the know” - the entrepreneurs themselves! The podcast will share different business models and approaches, the challenges and pivots of entrepreneurial journeys and contain useful and easy-to-implement advice and resources. If you’re interested in design, ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship, turn up the volume and listen in. This podcast is a project by The Graduate School at Queen’s University in partnership with Belfast Design Week. DR. PETER BARRETT / THE BUCHA’S DOG Dr. Peter Barrett is a scientist who has recently set up the first kombucha company in Northern Ireland - The Bucha’s Dog. Starting as a passion project in Peter’s kitchen for his own enjoyment and for family and friends, The Bucha’s Dog has grown organically to become a business and Peter's kombucha can now be found in many cafes, delis, bars and restaurants in Belfast and beyond. The Covid-19 lockdown has hit the hospitality sector hard but Peter has used this period to continue developing The Bucha’s Dog through rebranding, designing a new facility to make kombucha, coming up with new recipes and planning future workshops to teach people how to make their own home brews. Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thebuchasdog/ Facebook - http://facebook.com/thebuchasdog Website - https://www.thebuchas.dog AZHAR MURTUZA / BORN MAVERICK Azhar Murtuza is an entrepreneur who initially came to study at The Graduate School at Queen’s University in Belfast from Mangalore in India and decided to stay and set up an ethical food business, Born Maverick. He believes strongly that “change is up to us” and brings this philosophy to all aspects of his “flexitarian” food products and it is also his advice to entrepreneurs and “want”repreneurs. Azhar believes that Northern Ireland is an excellent place to set up a business and that opportunities are there all around us waiting to be found and made use of. Entering competitions and pitching has given Azhar the confidence to boldly forge forward with new products including coconut milk popsicles, vegan eggs, vegan prawns and coffee alternatives. As well as being an entrepreneur, Azhar is a keen writer and photographer taking in the beautiful landscapes of Northern Ireland. Twitter - https://twitter.com/bebornmaverick Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/born_maverick/ Website - https://www.wearepur.com RESOURCES The Graduate School at Queen's University - https://www.qub.ac.uk/graduate-school/ QUB Enterprise SU - https://qubsu.org/EnterpriseSU/ Belfast Design Week - http://belfastdesignweek.com Invest NI - https://www.investni.com Invest NI Business Information Centre - https://www.investni.com/support-for-business/research-competitors-and-markets Catalyst Inc. - https://wearecatalyst.org Invent Awards - https://wearecatalyst.org/programmes/invent/

60 MIN2 w ago
Comments
GREAT CREATORS - 01 - The Bucha's Dog & Born Maverick

STBD - 2.8. - Paul Currie (Comedian, Artist, Maker)

In our final episode of this season, we visit comedian, artist, musician, street performer and master of puppets, Paul Currie, at his creative space in the Vault Artist Studios in East Belfast. Familiar to comedy festival-goers across the UK, Ireland, Europe and Australia, Paul Currie’s uniquely silly and exhilaratingly hilarious shows have made him a favourite act for audiences, critics and performers alike. But as we discover, comedy is only one of the creative fields that Paul excels in. We find out about the growth and development of his relentless desire to create, his artistic inspirations, the challenges of depression, and the satisfaction of doing it yourself.

64 MIN2019 JUN 20
Comments
STBD - 2.8. - Paul Currie (Comedian, Artist, Maker)

STBD - 2.7. Becca Hume (Design entrepreneur, founder of TapSOS app)

In this episode we hear about Belfast's design startup scene from someone who is in it right now - the founder of emergency services app TapSOS - Becca Hume. Starting out as a jewellery designer, Becca found she could turn her talents to app and service design. Becca talks about how the idea for the app came about and the ups and downs of startup life and the amazing journey she has been on so far. Having pitched and won several awards for her work, Becca gives great tips and advice for those starting up any new product or service.

45 MIN2019 MAY 30
Comments
STBD - 2.7. Becca Hume (Design entrepreneur, founder of TapSOS app)

STBD - 2.6. Shannon Delores O'Neill (Musician, Sister Ghost & Girl's Rock School NI)

In this episode we find out what it’s really like to be a creative entrepreneur in the Northern Irish music industry with musician Shannon Delores O’Neill of alternative rock and garage punk band Sister Ghost. Shannon is also the founder of Girls Rock School NI, the Northern Irish chapter of a worldwide movement encouraging and empowering women and girls of all ages to riff, rock and roll through workshops, tutoring and events. We hear about what it takes to be a modern day musician and get tips and advice from someone in the know.

49 MIN2019 MAY 16
Comments
STBD - 2.6. Shannon Delores O'Neill (Musician, Sister Ghost & Girl's Rock School NI)

STBD - 2.5. Esther Mogada (Multidisciplinary Artist, Creating A Space)

In this episode we speak with Esther Namokobe Mogada of Creating A Space and the Éalú Podcast and discuss what it's like being a multidisciplinary artist. We discuss the many, many projects Esther works on - from fashion, music, events, podcasts and beyond. We ask Esther about her experience setting up ventures as a young creative in Northern Ireland as well as her diverse roots and how they inform her creative output, and we discuss the importance of work-life balance as an entrepreneur and what Esther does to achieve this.

39 MIN2019 MAY 1
Comments
STBD - 2.5. Esther Mogada (Multidisciplinary Artist, Creating A Space)

STBD - 2.4. Brian J. Falconer (Film producer, Out of Orbit)

In this episode we hear from Brian J. Falconer of Out Of Orbit on what it’s like being a film producer in Northern Ireland. We learn of how he went from producing smaller scale short films to large scale feature films and his love for throwing epic parties along the way. Brian shares the stories of the films he has worked on including Boogaloo and Graham, The Dig and Normal People and what it was like winning a BAFTA.

49 MIN2019 APR 17
Comments
STBD - 2.4. Brian J. Falconer (Film producer, Out of Orbit)

STBD - 2.3. Adam Turkington (Freelance event creator and arts programmer, Seedhead Arts)

In this episode, we speak with freelance event organiser, cultural programmer and human talent networker Adam Turkington of Seedhead Arts. Adam does so much, it’s almost impossible to categorize him, and yet he is often the hidden presence behind so many of the things that are defining a new identity for Belfast, Northern Ireland – from the street parties of the annual Culture Night and the mesmerising street art, to quirky sold out lectures and entertainment events like Midweek Magic and the Half Cut Cabaret. In this conversation, we ask Adam about the journey he took to becoming what he calls a ‘freelance agitator’, discussing some of the major projects he has been involved with along the way such as the Trans Festival, Culture Night and Hit the North. We also speak about his new project, Vault, a creative community and shared studio space located in an abandoned college campus building in East Belfast.

45 MIN2019 APR 1
Comments
STBD - 2.3. Adam Turkington (Freelance event creator and arts programmer, Seedhead Arts)

STBD - 2.2 - Jacky Sheridan (Illustrator, Typographer)

In this episode, we chat with Jacky Sheridan, a Belfast-based illustrator who creates bold, colourful artwork with a message to tell. Jacky’s clients include Subway, Coca Cola, Computer Arts, VICE and The Skinny and she is represented by Northern Irish illustration agency Usfolk. You’ll hear some top advice from a practicing illustrator - on how to pick your work, to reach out to clients and make sure you are managing the business side of your business - which can be challenging at times. This episode is lots of fun, with lots of swearing, so you’ve been warned!

45 MIN2019 MAR 17
Comments
STBD - 2.2 - Jacky Sheridan (Illustrator, Typographer)

STBD - 2.1 - Kevin Beimers & Ross Morrisson (Game Developers, Italic Pig)

In this episode we hear from Kevin Beimers and Ross Morrison of Holywood-based games studio Italic Pig. That’s Holywood in Northern Ireland - for those non Norn Irish! We chat about their upcoming vertical reality game The Infinite Hotel - which they are already winning awards for - how they came up with the idea for it as well as the state of the local indie games scene in Northern Ireland. We also talk about how to pick the right idea for a project, which is a task many creatives struggle with.

61 MIN2019 MAR 3
Comments
STBD - 2.1 - Kevin Beimers & Ross Morrisson (Game Developers, Italic Pig)
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