342k Regional Enterprise Development Fund grant for Benchspace Cork

CORK, Jan. 8th, 2020. Benchspace, a Cork based multi discipline creative hub announced today that they have been a recipient of a Regional Enterprise Development Fund grant of 342k following the third call of the Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF).
Benchspace Cork is the first co-making space of its kind in Ireland, the project is inspired by similar successful projects in Holland, the UK and Australia. Such projects have turned post-industrial spaces into seed-beds for a new generation of creators, designers, and techies.
The grant will enable Benchspace to expand and establish a making and design hub in Cork City as a front door to the creativity of local artists, craft workers and contemporary designers.
The Benchspace Creative Hub will organise and equip graduate and existing creatives to commercialise their abilities and grow new enterprise in the region. It will provide relevant business skills, additional technical training and will assist with business development by building links into local industry, collaboratively seeking new innovations to add value.
Benchspace was established in 2017 as a social enterprise to help creatives start a business by providing space and equipment at an affordable rate.
Media enquiries to hello@benchspacecork.ie

Upcoming Classes

 You can sign up to be notified when we annouce new classes here, if there is a specific class you are interested in then email david@benchspacecork.ie and we’ll notify you as soon as its scheduled.

Benchspace Bites, our Beginner classes for those who want to try a little woodwork, have a little fun and make a small project.

Special Interest Workshops include

  • Introduction to Stone Carving and Sculpture (Weekend) – Coming soon 
  • Introduction to Laser Cutters (Weekend) (March 21st – 22nd) – Coming soon

Evening Courses will be back in full force in May/June with

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Sign up to our mailing list to be notified as soon as they become available or email David@benchspacecork.ie to reserve a place on a specific course.

Our member “Open Making Sessions” are running twice a month on Saturday mornings to allow you to book a bench for the morning and work on your own project, we’ll be there to give you a little advice and guidance if needed.

All of the above and much more can be found on our  Calendar on www.benchspacecork.ie 

We hope to see you in the workshop soon.

The Benchspace Team.

Autumn Classes

Autumn is a time of change and why not learn some new skills with us here at Benchspace.

Benchspace Bites are running as follows

Evening Courses are back in full force this Autumn with

We will continue our “Open Making Sessions” twice a month on Saturday mornings which allow you to book a bench for the morning and work on your own project, we’ll be there to give you a little advice and guidance if needed. All of the above and much more can be found on our  Calendar on www.benchspacecork.ie  We hope to see you in the workshop soon. The Benchspace Team.

Cork Craft Month

Cork Craft Month

We have a packed month this year for the annual Cork Craft Month

Kicking off on August 3rd with Sean from Badly Made Books making a return to Benchspace with a Book Binding workshop

Following on from this current Artist in Residence Adrien Segal is holding a Spoon Carving Masterclass on August 10th.

August 31st we’ll be moving offsite to Mark Donnellys workshop on the edge of the city for a weekend long Green Woodworking course (Postponed until Sept 21st/22nd)

We’ll be holding out annual exhibition / summer social on August 24th and also on August 31st we’ll be holding a Benchspace Bites: Live Edge Clock class for those among you who want to try woodworking but aren’t quite ready to commit to a weekend/night course.

We are also pleased to announce the Dearcán Bursary. Cork County Council Arts Service and South Cork Local Enterprise Office in conjunction with Benchspace Cork are offering a bursary to any craft maker, artist or designer currently resident in County Cork working in the medium of wood, or wood in combination with other materials. The bursary will provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to make a significant step forward in their professional career, whether they be recent graduate, new start-up or seasoned professional. To facilitate this, it will support a twelve month period in the Benchspace workshop in Cork City to include workshop fees, a living allowance and an allowance towards locally sourced materials. More details can be here

Any questions, feel free to contact us.