Benchspace Cork: Artist in Residence Programme 2018

About Benchspace


Benchspace Creative Hub, located in Cork South West Ireland, is a shared access wood workshop and provides affordable access to workbenches and professional standard machinery to local furniture makers and designers, particularly to graduates and early career professionals. Benchspace actively encourages collaboration and co-working to stimulate creativity and innovation in the areas of craft and design, particularly acting as an incubator in the creative economy. The resident will have their own dedicated studio space with storage in a shared creative environment.

Benefits ­


  • €3500 expenses to cover travel and accommodation
  • Access to the Benchspace studio 24/7 with allowances made for evening classes
  • Interaction with other makers in a creative environment
  • Exposure at professional exhibition events
  • Locally sourced materials will be provided for a significant project. (Maximum: €500)



  • Proficient in the safe use of woodworking machinery and experienced in a workshop setting
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate a level of creative achievement
  • Self-motivated and critical thinker



  • Commitment to be present for a minimum of 30 hours per week in the workshop for a period of two months
  • Creation of a new body of work or methodology to be publicly exhibited
  • Participation in public lectures
  • Provide mentoring to Benchspace students and makers
  • Collaboration and knowledge sharing with Benchspace Makers
  • Sharing of progression through Benchspace Social Media channels
  • Residents are also invited to give a series of classes on an agreed topic. An honorarium for classes would be in addition to the award.

Further Information


The expected duration of the Residency is 2 months, with a deadline of Friday August 17th, 2018. Selection criteria will include quality of current portfolio, potential for artistic and professional growth, technical skill, and ability to communicate and collaborate in a studio environment. Cork Craft Month is held in August and celebrates the diversity of craft available in Cork City and County. There is a full and exciting programme of exhibitions, open studios, free demonstrations, and workshops throughout the county. If the candidate is available to commence their residency in August, arrangements can be made to feature their work in an event in Cork Craft Month exhibition in Kinsale.



You will need to submit the following:

  • A up to date copy of your CV
  • One-page ‘Letter of Intent’ outlining artistic direction of work, interpersonal skills and proposal of intention for work to be carried out during residency.
  • Portfolio – minimum 5 unique pieces of work
  • References – Two professional references, preferably one academic and one working in the woodworking/design field with whom the applicant has worked with or for.
  • Indication of available dates to participate in residency


Applications will be acknowledged on receipt. A Selection Committee of the Benchspace Board will review submissions. Successful applicants will be notified via email upon the Selection Committee’s decision. If the residency offer is accepted, the artist will be required to sign a residency contract.



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