Benchspace is looking for an Operations Manager to take a leading role in the growth of our design and manufacturing space in Cork.
In the coming year we will open a new creative manufacturing facility in the heart of Cork City, with over 1,000m2 of shared professional equipment and workspaces.
We are looking for someone with the right skills and experience to take the lead in bringing this exciting enterprise space to life.
This is a unique opportunity to guide the development of a flagship creative manufacturing space and shape the future of creative industries in Cork and the Southwest region.
Think you’ve got what it takes?
You can find more details here.
Applications for the 2021 Dearcán Bursary are open!
The award includes 1yr of studio/workshop space, €10,000 expenses and a startup budget. All artists, craft makers and product designers living in County Cork can apply
See full details here
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.
March this year was a month that changed everything for many people, as the seriousness of the impending Covid 19 pandemic began to take hold and businesses around the world began to shut down we saw a number of maker spaces taking action and we at Benchspace wanted to be part of that.
We began our PPE project with just 4 people, it expanded to include 100’s.
Read the full report
Benchspace PPE Project
Unfortunately, given the current situation we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Summer Classes at Benchspace. We however have began our plans to reopen for the public in August and will begin with a few Classes and Open Making sessions then.
We’re plan to be back to full strength in September with a Green Woodworking weekend, Benchspace Bites, Intro to Laser Cutting and our evening courses for the Autumn begin in late Sept/early October.
Our full lineup is available to book now at
We hope to see you all in the workshop as soon as possible.
The Benchspace Team.