Benchspace Designer in Residence – 2021

Benchspace Designer in Residence – 2021

Benchspace invites applications from established and emerging creative professionals and artists, working in all materials including wood. The current Designer in Residence Programme combines workshops and public talks, collaborative creative work and mentoring, of which the delivery is adaptable in light of social restrictions.

Applications are also welcomed from academic staff of noted programs in any discipline seeking a period of return to a studio environment. The Programme offers participants the latitude and creative environment to explore new bodies of work or methodologies.

The Designer in Residence Programme is designed to bring established and upcoming designer makers or artists to Cork, Ireland, to showcase their work to a local audience and to contribute fresh perspectives to the Resident Makers at Benchspace.

The Programme will afford the successful candidate the opportunity to create a new body of work or facilitate the exploration of innovative methodologies. It is hoped that it will also provide an in-depth opportunity for Benchspace makers and the wider community to learn from the Designer in Residence during workshops, lectures, and special programs.

The resident will arrive during Cork Craft Month, mid-August 2021, with a presentation of their body of work to the public. There will also be an opportunity to share the ongoing work with a wider audience on Cork Culture Night at the end of September. Finally the residency will culminate in the completed work being displayed in an associated Gallery space.

 

Please find full details on how to apply here

New Operations Manager for Benchspace Cork

New Operations Manager for Benchspace Cork

The Board of Benchspace Cork has announced the appointment of Maeve Murphy to the new position of Operations Manager. 

Benchspace was established in 2017 to provide the next generation of makers, product designers and creative professionals with an enterprise-focused manufacturing facility in the City of Cork. A space where anyone with a passion for product design, or a talent for making can access the equipment, space and resources they need to commercialise their abilities, grow new enterprise, and bring product-based businesses to life.

Announcing Ms Murphy’s appointment, Fergus Somers, Chairperson of the Board of Benchspace, said: “On behalf of the Board of Benchspace, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Maeve Murphy to the new position of Operations Manager. Maeve joins us at an exciting time of development and growth and her appointment now marks an exciting step in the implementation of the Regional Enterprise Development Fund grant that we were awarded last year from Enterprise Ireland. Maeve will bring a wealth of experience and energy to the role which will be of major benefit to the organisation. Maeve will play a key role in developing and implementing our strategy to develop a pathway for the next generation of makers, product designers and creative professionals to engage with Benchspace.

Commenting on her appointment, Maeve Murphy said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to be leading Benchspace Cork and extremely excited about joining at this pivotal moment in its growth. I want to continue to build on the success and ambitions of this energetic and dynamic organisation. Supporting and growing creative enterprises and communities has been a strong theme throughout my career. I’m excited to be working with an organisation that is encouraging the growth of creative enterprises and also retaining that talent in the south west region of Ireland. I’m looking forward to working with our Chairperson, the Board, the Benchspace makers and all our partners.”

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About Benchspace

Benchspace was established in 2017 to provide the next generation of makers, product designers and creative professionals with an enterprise-focused manufacturing facility in the City of Cork. A space where anyone with a passion for product design, or a talent for making can access the equipment, space and resources they need to commercialise their abilities, grow new enterprise, and bring product-based businesses to life.

About Maeve Murphy

Maeve is a passionate advocate for Irish craft & design and brings with her a breadth of experience spanning arts management and practice. She holds a BA (Hons) in Design in Textiles from GMIT and an MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management from UCD. With over 10 years’ experience working in the Arts across multiple disciplines, Maeve has worked with Music Network, Music Generation and was the Programme Coordinator for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Also an entrepreneur, Maeve co-founded Forest & Flock, an independent Irish craft & design retail shop. Previously she held the position of Operations Manager with Cork Craft and Design and Programme Coordinator for Cork Craft Month working closely with over 100 Craftspeople and Designers in County Cork.

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DIRECTORS: Fergus Somers, Tony Farrell, Alice Dooley, David Scannell, Peter Johnson, Ian Barron, Christine Byrne, Sam Russell

DIR 2020: An introduction to the history of French cabinetmaking, from Louis XIII (17th century) to the early 20th century

DIR 2020: An introduction to the history of French cabinetmaking, from Louis XIII (17th century) to the early 20th century

Benchspace’s Designer in Resident 2020 Élise Rousselot shared her amazing knowledge about furniture design with us in a presentation about “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 and/or would like to hear more about the eras influenced cabinet making in France and the materials & tools that were available at the time, you can watch the recording of the talk here:

 

 

Connections

Connections

As part of Cork Craft Month and in collaboration with Blackwater Studios, we present “The Connections Project”

Connections seeks to engage a community of makers, from traditional to digital, embracing new methods of making. This group originally coalesced around the Benchspace Open Source PPE response over the early months of covid-19 outbreak in Ireland, many of whom have never met in person. To mark the project, members of the group have again collaborated to design and build a structure around themes of loss, achievement, and future connections. The project culminates with participants meeting finally to assemble the structure on site in the courtyard of Backwater studios where it will remain for the week.

Benchspace is a creative hub in Cork City. It was established to provide affordable access to workbenches and professional standard machinery to hobbyists, learners, makers and designers.