We are running a new Print competition for Dundalk and surrounding areas. Selected pieces will be exhibited in Creative Spark. Judges include local textile and print designer, Niamh Gillespie and local artist and former tutor from O’Fiaich College, John O’Connor. The theme of the competition is “Inspired by the Greats” and students are encouraged to take influence from other artists’ work/style/colour palette/compositions or subject matter. We are really excited about seeing what people come up with and there are some great prizes including workshops here in our Print Studio.
If you or your school want to get involved please email Printstudio@creativespark.ie.
Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019
IBYE is a competition run by the 31 LEOs (Local Enterprise Offices) in the state. It is open to people between the ages of 18 and 35 with an innovative business idea, new start-up or established business.
IBYE is a nationwide competition, run across three categories:- Best Business Idea; Best Start-Up Business and Best Established Business. The LEOs will invite up to 450 young entrepreneurs to attend free regional ‘Entrepreneur Bootcamps’ later in the year to help them develop their business and new venture ideas.
With an IBYE investment fund of €50,000 each, every LEO will award up to six investments to three category winners and three runners-up at county level.
For more information click here.
Using Video to Optimise Your Business Online (2-Day Course)
Learn how to shoot and edit a Marketing/Promotional Video like a pro… using your Smartphone! How can you add video to your web and online marketing strategy without it costing a fortune?
This training course is run over 2 full days and includes hardware and software to take home. For full information click here.
Introduction to VAT for Small Businesses
Date: Thursday 28 February Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm Cost: €20
In order to avoid the potential pitfalls, it is extremely important that businesses know their obligations in relation to VAT from the outset. This workshop will give attendees a clear understanding of the main VAT issues that need to be considered. For full information click here.
Creative Skills Training
We have some wonderful one-day workshops coming up in February and the coming months. Here is a small sample of some of these workshops below. A full list is available on our website.
This workshop will introduce participants to the craft of bookbinding. Beginning with simple book structures, participants will learn about the paper, materials and tools needed for creating their own handcrafted books. Each participant will finish with a hardbound notebook and a range of smaller pieces. To book click here.
Pulp Based Papermaking Saturday 2 March
Tutor: Tunde Toth Time: 10.00am-4.00pm Cost: €80
Introduction to traditional and contemporary techniques of making beautiful handmade papers from pure plant fibres of cotton and mulberry bush and a range of recycled materials.
Participants will learn about basic processes, pulp making, suitable materials and the use of plant fibre linters. Inclusions and decorative methods are also covered. To book click here.
Louth 2019 Creative Ireland Communty Grant Fund
INFORMATION SESSION ON APPLICATION PROCESS – FRI 15 FEB 2019.
Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016 – a five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.
The Louth Creative Ireland Community Grant Fund will provide support to local and community event organisers in the research, planning and delivery of creative projects that have the capacity to develop into the future.
For this grant fund Creative Ireland are focusing on 2 pillars:- Enabling the creative potential of every child and enabling creativity in every community.
There will be an an Information session on the application process:-
This session is free to attend but registration is essential. To register for this session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for receipt of applications 1 March 2019.
Google Digital Garage
Free Training Event – Presented by NEBA
Thursday 7th February 9.30am – 11.30pm
Venue: Creative Spark
North East Business Academy are delighted to host “Google Digital Garage” training workshop, presented by award-winning digital marketer and Google trainer Emma Gribben.
This 2 hour FREE workshop will cover essential tools and programmes that will help you: ? Build a digital Marketing Plan
? Know your Business using Data
There will be opportunity for pre and post event networking.
Business to Arts have recently announced a match funding CSR programme for businesses with our Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme under the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.
During the year-long funding pilot, they are planning to establish 3 Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programmes in regional areas, working with businesses and local community organisations to promote staff engagement, inclusive creative working methods, etc.
The AR Programme will cover a broad spectrum of activity and opportunities for artists and companies. Host companies will offer artists a working environment or a structure for engagement with their organisation’s CSR Programme and a selected local community organisation.
Up to €7,500 will be provided for the creation (or enhancement) of CSR activity. Businesses are asked to match fund this amount, and to submit an Expression of Interest to participate in the programme.
The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday, 15th February 2019.
€50k Competitive Start Fund, Call Now Open
All Sectors Competitive Start Fund – www.enterprise-ireland.com/csfallsectors. Open to start-ups, active in the Manufacturing & Internationally Traded Services sectors. What is the maximum funding available?
The selected companies will receive a maximum investment of €50,000 for a 10% ordinary equity stake in the start-up company. The investment shall be released in two equal tranches. The Company will be required to secure additional equity investment of €5,000, from promoters or external investees, prior to the release of EI’s first tranche. What is the call close date?
This call for applications will close on Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 3pm. How do companies apply?
Applications must be made through the Enterprise Ireland online application system. For more information: Log on to:www.enterprise-ireland.com/csfallsectors Email:email@example.com
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