Rising Sparks Programme Update

We celebrate the journey of five remarkable creators who’ve embarked on an 18-month residency to elevate their creative career and entrepreneurial spirit. They will be showcasing their work later this year in Cork City. Details TBC. A heartfelt thank you to our supporters The Cork Arts Fund supported by The Tomar Trust at Community Foundation […]

Christmas Market

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at benchspace! Time to get festive with the Christmas Market at Benchspace, Cork. Discover the Magic of Handcrafted Treasures and meet the Creative Crafters that reside in benchspace. Expect stunning Jewellery pieces, beautiful woodwork products, Irish art prints, handcrafted wall art, laser cut goodies, creative crotchet pieces […]

Join Our Team as a…..

Programme & Training Manager benchspace seeks a part-time Programme & Training Manager, 3 days a week to develop and deliver our training and creative enterprise programmes. Duties and Responsibilities The Programme and Training Manager will develop and implement benchspace’s trainings and programmes. Specific duties and responsibilities will include: Programme Development & Management: Financial Administration: Communication […]

Culture Night 2023

We welcome the public to explore benchspace – Ireland’s first, shared, creative manufacturing hub – on Culture Night 2023. The eighteenth edition of Culture Night will take place on Friday 22 September 2023, with benchspace opening its doors from 5.30pm – 7pm. At this open house, come and explore all you can prototype and make […]

Designer in Residence 2023 – Molly Ashton

We are delighted to have the very talented Molly Ashton join us in benchspace as our next Designer-in-Residence. Molly primarily works with glass and has explored techniques such as glass casting and kiln forming, to create layered, natural, and organic forms. Conceptual jewellery as wearable sculpture is at the core of her work. The annual […]

The Next Chapter (survey)

We have plans to expand and invite you to get involved! Introducing, the next chapter of benchspace.. As we approach our 6th year here in the heart of Cork City’s docklands, we continue to stimulate innovation, enhance skills and create economic opportunities in Cork and beyond. The success of our facilities, and the members that thrive […]

August Craft Month 2023

It’s that time of year again where we dive in to the very exciting Craft Month – Ireland’s unique celebration of the craft sector, providing opportunities for all to learn about, make, see and buy craft. benchspace is hosting a variety of classes, talks & workshops including; 01  JEWELLERY TALK: SUSTAINABILITY + REINVENTING FAMILY HEIRLOOMS  […]

Our “Rising Sparks Programme” Continues

Rising Sparks is a benchspace programme which supports the transition of Cork-based individuals from marginalised or economically disadvantaged communities into long term artistic and creative livelihoods. This structured programme is an opportunity for hands-on learning with potential to spark a creative career. It offers new opportunities and resources that may not otherwise be within reach […]

2021 Designer in Residence Awarded to Eve Doyle, Goldsmith

Eve Doyle's Cubic Cascade Stainless Steel Ear Rings

The benchspace 2021 Designer in Residence is Eve Doyle. Eve Doyle is a designer and Goldsmith based in Dublin. With a Bachelor of Design(Hons) from NCAD, and technical training through the highly respected Jewellery & Goldsmithing skills course run by the Design & Craft Council in Kilkenny, Eve is the first professional fine metalworker to […]

2021 Dearcán Bursary Awarded to Sara Leslie, of Mori

Sara Leslie Smiling

2021 Dearcán Bursary. Benchspace Cork are delighted to announce that the 2021 Dearcán Bursary has been awarded to Sara Leslie, of Mori. Sara is an aspiring professional maker who works under the studio name of Mori. Her work combines woodcraft, furniture making, print, paint and graphic design. Sara has a Japanese upbringing and a background […]