2022 Dearcán Bursary Applications Are Open!

We’re inviting applications for the 2022 Dearcán Bursary. Supported by Cork County Council Arts Service and South Cork Local Enterprise Office, the award includes twelve months of workspace and full access to benchspace’s professional manufacturing equipment. The successful applicant will also receive a stipend of €10,000 towards expenses and a materials startup budget. All Artists […]

Join Our Team… Become a Tutor at benchspace

Teach at Benchspace

We’re expanding our panel of professional Tutors! Are you a talented maker with a skill you’d like to share? We’re seeking makers and craftspeople with experience in fine metal and woodworking skills to deliver a fresh and exciting training programme. Full details here. Training courses at benchspace We offer training in several formats, from half […]

2021 Designer in Residence Awarded to Eve Doyle, Goldsmith

Eve Doyle's Cubic Cascade Stainless Steel Ear Rings

The benchspace 2021 Designer in Residence is Eve Doyle. Eve Doyle is a designer and Goldsmith based in Dublin. With a Bachelor of Design(Hons) from NCAD, and technical training through the highly respected Jewellery & Goldsmithing skills course run by the Design & Craft Council in Kilkenny, Eve is the first professional fine metalworker to […]

2021 Dearcán Bursary Awarded to Sara Leslie, of Mori

Sara Leslie Smiling

2021 Dearcán Bursary. Benchspace Cork are delighted to announce that the 2021 Dearcán Bursary has been awarded to Sara Leslie, of Mori. Sara is an aspiring professional maker who works under the studio name of Mori. Her work combines woodcraft, furniture making, print, paint and graphic design. Sara has a Japanese upbringing and a background […]

2021 Designer in Residence Applications Are Open!

Designer in Residence 2021

Apply Now! We’re inviting applications from established and emerging creative professionals for the 2021 Designer in Residence at benchspace. The current Designer in Residence Programme combines workshops and public talks, collaborative product design and mentoring, of which the delivery is adaptable in light of social restrictions. Applications are also welcomed from academic staff of noted […]

Spoonville – Children’s Online Workshop

Son and Father enjoy making a Spoony together using a Spoony Kit form benchspace

Take a Trip to Spoonville. Benchspace Cork in association with the Design and Craft Council of Ireland’s Keep Well Campaign present an online Spoonville workshop for younger makers. The very first Spoonville was started in Winnersh, Berkshire, England by Karen Vass who came up with the idea of making Spoony characters from wooden spoons as […]

New Operations Manager for benchspace

benchspace's newly appointed Operations Manager - Maeve Murphy

Maeve Murphy joins benchspace as Operations Manager. We are delighted to announce the appointment of Maeve Murphy to the new full-time position of Operations Manager at benchspace. Maeve is a passionate advocate for creative Irish businesses and brings with her a breadth of experience spanning creative enterprise management and practice. She holds a BA (Hons) […]

Introduction to French Cabinetmaking, with Elise Rousselot

Elise Rousselot

The history of French cabinetmaking. benchspace’s Designer in Residence 2020 Élise Rousselot shared her amazing knowledge of French furniture design with us in her presentation “An introduction to the history of French cabinetmaking, from Louis XIII (17th century) to the early 20th century”. If you missed the event last Friday or would like to hear […]

Open Source PPE Project Report

Open Source PPE Project Report March this year was a month that changed everything for many people, as the seriousness of the impending Covid 19 pandemic started to take hold and businesses around the world began to close, benchspace partnered with local industry and community groups to find solutions for gaps in the supply of […]

COVID-19 Update: Training Classes Cancelled

COVID Closure Sign - Classes Cancelled

Our Summer training series has been cancelled. Unfortunately, because of changes in restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Summer Classes at Benchspace. However, we have developed our plans to reopen for the public in August and will begin with a some classes then. We plan to be back to full strength […]