The Peoples Parklet

The Peoples Parklet

The People’s Parklet

The People’s Parklet on Douglas St will officially be opened this Wednesday, July 24th at 4pm. The Parklet is the first long term, purpose built in Ireland and is a space for people to sit, relax and linger. As an amenity combining elements of seating, planting and bike parking, it offers an alternative experience of the city and the street. It is an open and public space, that invites residents and passers-by to interact socially, and to foster a sense of place, community and environment.

This parklet is moveable and can be relocated to different areas in the city centre. It is hoped that it will enhance whatever public space it is placed in, bringing a pop of natural materials, green planting and vibrant artwork to what might otherwise be a concrete, overlooked or neglected space.

The best and brightest of Corks groups including Benchspace Cork, The Transport and Mobility Forum, Mad about Cork, The Douglas Street Business Association, Cork Flower Studios and the build team led by Rory Drinan collaborated to bring Siobhan Keogh’s design to life. Supported and funding was kindly given by the Cork City Council Placemaking Fund 2019.

It is constructed by cladding a steel and timber frame in Siberian Larch which like the vibrant pollinator friendly planting will age beautifully over its lifetime, it will remain in place until September 29th (including Parking Day on Sept 20th). 

Location: Douglas side of Douglas Street (outside Cork Flower Studios)

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Dearcán Bursary

Dearcán Bursary



Cork County Council Arts Service and South Cork Local Enterprise Office in conjunction with Benchspace Cork offers 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.

Benchspace Cork is a co-making workshop located in Cork City. It was established to provide affordable access to workbenches and professional standard machinery for local furniture makers and designers, particularly to graduates and early career professionals. It was established as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) in 2017 and operates as not-for-profit social enterprise.


The Award includes a Stipend of €10,000 for the year, a workstudio rental at Benchspace of €4200, and materials generously sponsored by Stephen Pearson


The bursary is open to:

  • Practicing artists, craft makers and designers in all disciplines who are currently living and working in the Cork County administrative area
  • Applicants should show significant achievement and/or potential in their chosen field
  • Applicants must demonstrate how undertaking the bursary placement will have a significantly impact on their professional practice
  • Applicants must be over 18 years



The award aims to provide the following benefits to the successful applicant:

  • Time to research, explore and develop their practice supported by a stipend phased over twelve months
  • A dedicated workspace in shared wood workshop, use of machinery and also our laser and 3D Printing equipment, (with consideration for scheduled classes and events) access with parking and on site security close to a major urban centre
  • A supportive creative environment with opportunities to collaborate with other makers, whether it’s just a helping hand, a sounding board or partnering on projects
  • Connectivity and visibility through our growing network of public and industry bodies to improve commercial opportunities
  • Assistance finding a sector specific mentor to advise on professional practice
  • Promotion of the successful candidate through exhibition events, retail opportunities, workshops and projects
  • Locally sourced materials will be provided as part of the bursary

Prior to taking up the bursary, the successful candidate will agree with Benchspace Cork:

  • A long term measurable goal to be achieved during the placement
  • Some interim milestones by which progress can be gauged
  • A commitment to engage and contribute to the shared workshop ethos
  • Engagement with mentors and advisors
  • Sign up the Benchspace user contract, The expected duration of the Bursary is one year.



Each application must be accompanied by:

  • A detailed CV
  • A clear statement of expected accomplishment within the 12 month period at BenchspaceCork, and how that success would be measured
  • Images of recent work, with a short description
  • Any other relevant information, for example, equipment, business, or training needs
  • References or other forms of support from established figures must be submitted. Referees may be contacted at the discretion of the Arts Office or Benchspace Cork.
  • The closing date for applications for the 2019 Benchspace Dearcán Bursary Award is 5pm Friday, August 30th 2019.
  • Enquiries to: Benchspace –
Makers Meetup

Makers Meetup

Makers meetup is our new bi-weekly meetup (every second Wednesdays 7pm – 9pm)

If you have a project in mind and need a little advice, a bench to work on for a few hours or just want to check out the workshop and have a chat then pop along.

All are welcome and no booking is necessary but membership is required if you wish to work on a project.

Any questions, feel free to contact us at

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Wanted: Benchspace Manager

Benchspace are hiring!!

We are looking for a talented/driven individual on a part time basis to help promote and manage our Co-Making space.

Applications to telling us why we should hire you (max 200 words, please attach a CV outlining previous experience)


Benchspace Classes Summer 2019

Benchspace Classes Summer 2019

Update: Making Books Badly with Sean from Badly Made Books is on June 15th.

We’re gearing up for a summer of classes, workshops and special events here at Benchspace starting this April.

Benchspace Bites are back in full force on April 6th with 3 classes over the summer where you can make your very own piece in a single class, even if you have no previous woodworking experience. Over the summer we’ll make a Desk Organiser (July 6th), a Live Edge Clock (May 4th) and the Rustic Coat Rack from last semester on June 1st. We’d advise booking quickly as these classes sold out in a few days last semester.

Evening Courses will run again over the summer but will be extended by two weeks to allow people to miss a few weeks for holidays, The following sell out classes will return.

We are also pleased to announce a new Evening Course this summer for those who are interested in the more DIY aspect of Woodwork. Introduction of Practical Woodwork will start on May 31st and will focus on DIY & Practical carpentry using traditional hand tools. This course will benefit the complete beginner as well as those looking to learn some tips and tricks to make their work quicker and neater.

Other changes in the workshop include our recently launched “Open Making Sessions” twice a month on Saturday mornings which allow you to rent a bench for the morning for €10 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 newly launched Calendar on 

We hope to see you in the workshop soon.

The Benchspace Team.