2021 Dearcán Bursary Applications Are Open!

Acorn perched on a log - Dearcan is the Irish Word for Acorn

We’re inviting applications for the 2021 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 […]

Designer In Residence – Avian Evans-White

Designer in Residence, Avian Evans White working on a new piece of furniture

Designer In Residence – Avian Evans-White Commencing mid October, we are delighted to announce that the first ever Benchspace Designer in Residence will be Avian Evans-White. Avian is a designer & craftsman, who graduated from Rycotewood Furniture Centre (Oxford) in 2017. He finds functional and honest solutions to modern day needs, using local materials. He strives […]

What’s So Special About a Nine Foot Table?

Finished 9ft Table in Cork City Council Boardroom

Benchspace was started to help makers and designers get into business. For a lot of making disciplines in Ireland it has always been a tough prospect to make it at your chosen occupation. We see a lot of people coming through craft and design courses in Cork, like furniture design at CSN and jewellery at […]

Benchspace Bites & Kinsale Gin

Class Partticipants smiling with their completed gin caddys

Thanks to everyone for making last Saturday such an enjoyable morning. Kinsale Gin very kindly donated some bottles and glasses and we had some really enthusiastic makers in the workshop creating gin caddies to suit.

Crowdfunding Campaign a Huge Success.

Group of Volunteers at benchspace

Thanks to everyone who donated, spread the word and gave encouragement over the 5 weeks. We made it, the final total pledged was €8,225.00, exceeding the target by an impressive €725. We received the email addresses of donors on Friday and we are contact you now to issue invitations and to get delivery details for rewards. Hopefully […]

Crowdfunding Coming to a Close.

Furniture and instrument makers, Brian, Brendan and Peter, standing outside benchspace

With the Friday deadline for their crowdfunding campaign looming, we have been working very hard to spread the word and seek support for the workshop fit-out. Amazingly, some generous supporters have pushed us over the finish line two days early! As you may know, the rules of the fundit.ie creative crowdfunding site require campaigners to […]

Fundit Crowdfunding

Group of Volunteers at benchspace

We are crowd funding to buy professional equipment for the workshop, machines that startups generally cannot afford to buy or house. All donations will go towards buying equipment and installing it. The more money we can raise, the higher the standard and range of equipment we can provide. To get us started, generous supporters have […]