Applications for the 2022 Dearcán Bursary are open.

Applications for the 2022 Dearcán Bursary are open.

The award includes a one year residency with studio / workspace, €10,000 stipend and a materials startup budget.
All artists, craftspeople and product designers living in the Cork County Administrative area can apply.
See full details here.
Deadline 5pm Friday 25th February


Join our team…..

Join our team…..

benchspace are recruiting for a new part time position of Programme and Training Coordinator to develop and deliver our training and creative enterprise programmes.

About benchspace – Investing in Makers Making

benchspace provides skilled graduates and creative individuals with affordable access to the tools, space and training they need to become the next generation of creative Irish businesses. Based in the docklands of Cork City, our co-making space is equipped with over 5,000 sq ft of professional workshops, studios, and member spaces. A creative home-from-home, where makers can seek collaboration and share know-how amongst a community of like-minded craftspeople and businesses. In addition to workshops and startup studios, benchspace supports these early career makers with a range of training and enterprise programmes providing the skills and resources they need to build successful, locally rooted and sustainable creative enterprises.

benchspace is a not for profit, social enterprise, established by makers for makers. It has a voluntary board, a management team and all profits from its activities are reinvested within the organisation for the growth and improvement of its services to makers.

About the Role

Programme & Training Coordinator

benchspace seeks a part-time Programme & Training Coordinator to develop and deliver our training and creative enterprise programmes.

Hours of work:  16 hours per week.

Reporting to: Operations Manager

Location: A mixture of remote working and in benchspace’s co-making facilities, Marina Commercial Park, Cork.

Contract: The position is offered initially on a contract of service for a fixed term basis of 12 months Jan – Dec 2022. Pay: €10,800 – €14,400 – experience depending

Duties and Responsibilities

The Programme and Training Coordinator  will work closely with the Operations Manager to support, develop and implement benchspace’s training and programmes. Specific duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Support our management team in the development of benchspace’s creative enterprise programmes – including funding applications and budget development.
  • Implementation of benchspace’s creative enterprise programmes and liasing with stakeholders to plan and execute programme events and activities.
  • Effective communication with programme funders and stakeholders.
  • Develop & present reports on programme activity against targets.
  • Support programme budgeting, and ensure KPIs are met.
  • Support  the development of benchspace’s training programme – including curriculum, training outlines, certifications & assessments.
  • Scheduling of training calendars, workshops and machines for classes.
  • Manage Tutor bookings, materials purchase & invoicing for classes.
  • Manage class enrollments, payments and communications with participants.
  • Maintain a training database.
  • Internal & external promotion of training & enterprise programme opportunities (website/social media).
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on training and programme participation and engagement.
  • All other duties as required.

Essential Criteria

  • At least 2 years experience in a similar coordination/management role
  • Experience in identifying and writing grant applications
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to work to deadlines and prioritise tasks
  • Budget/finance experience

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of the creative enterprise sector
  • Experience in working in the arts / creative sector

Please submit a cover letter and CV to

Closing Date: 14 Jan 2022, 5pm

Become a Tutor at Benchspace Cork

Become a Tutor at Benchspace Cork

Benchspace is  looking to expand it’s tutor panel!

Are you a Maker with a skill you’d like to share? We are seeking tutors with experience in jewellery skills and woodwork to deliver a fresh and exciting training programme to compliment the current offering based out of our workshops in the Marina Commercial Park, Cork City. Full details here.

We currently run courses in several formats e.g. ½ day sessions, condensed weekend skills courses, 4 week and 10 week evening courses for bigger projects and skills development.

Our courses aim to provide established makers with new skills to incorporate into their professional practice and also introduce aspiring makers to new and innovative ways of designing and creating.  The aim from all our courses is that students can independently use equipment and techniques after completion of their course

We are seeking enthusiastic tutors to assist in delivering the current programme and also encourage and welcome new courses and workshop ideas in the following areas.

-Jewellery / fine metalworking

-Woodwork – beginner / intermediate / advanced – from hand tools to heavy machines.

-Themes around sustainable making are also welcomed.

Class sizes are kept small (max 10ppl) allowing for more opportunities to observe and assess individual students.


Candidates should be competent and experienced in their field and capable of teaching classes at basic / intermediate or advanced levels of making. Teaching experience is not necessary. The ability to create a welcoming environment is essential.

If you are interested please forward a CV, work examples

Optional – If you’d like to include a course proposal that would be great.

Course proposals can be anything from a 1 day class to 4 – 10 weeks, one evening a week courses.

Event: Introduction to Goldsmith Eve Doyle, Designer in Residence 2021 (Sept 14th)

Event: Introduction to Goldsmith Eve Doyle, Designer in Residence 2021 (Sept 14th)

Join us for an informative evening where Designer in Residence, Goldsmith Eve Doyle introduces us to her work, processes and what she hopes to do during her Residency with Benchspace.

Eve if the first Jewellery Designer to take up a residency with benchspace having come through the Design & Craft Council Ireland highly respected Jewellery & Goldsmithing skills course Kilkenny, Ireland.

Book here

The residency is supported by Cork City Council Arts Service, in conjunction with Benchspace.

Benchspace Design in Residence 2021 awarded to Goldsmith Eve Doyle

Benchspace Design in Residence 2021 awarded to Goldsmith Eve Doyle

Benchspace Cork are delighted to announce that Eve Doyle has been awarded Benchspace Designer in Residence for 2021. The residency is supported by Cork City Council Arts Service, in conjunction with Benchspace.

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 Jeweller to be selected for this annual residency.

Starting on the 23rd August, the residency will see Eve investigate the concept of the sculptural object as both a vessel and showcase, while also delivering workshops and public talks which will be advertised online over two months.

In her current practice Eve is interested in the interplay of angles and lines, the contrasts between smooth solid planes and fine wire work. As well as structural work, Eve makes beautiful jewellery that explores the kinetic nature of line and multiple elements using pioneering techniques that are ready to be elevated into more precious materials.

The Designer in Residence programme offers participants the latitude and creative environment to explore new bodies of work or methodologies. It’s designed to bring established and upcoming designer makers or artists to Cork, to showcase their work to a local audience and to contribute fresh perspectives and mentoring to the Resident Makers at Benchspace.

Eve will collaborate with a Benchspace member on the creation of a vessel for Benchspace’s in-house collection.

You can discover more on Eve here: She will also be giving a talk on August 28th as part of Cork Craft Month, the event is free of charge and limited places are available here

Benchspace is Ireland’s first, shared, community based, creative manufacturing facility.

Our mission is to provide artists and aspiring creative professionals with the resources and community they need to start new ventures, build sustainable livelihoods and grow towards financial freedom through artistic and creative enterprise. 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.

2021 Dearcán Bursary Awarded to County Cork maker Sara Leslie

2021 Dearcán Bursary Awarded to County Cork maker Sara Leslie

2021 Dearcán Bursary Awarded to County Cork maker Sara Leslie

Benchspace Cork are delighted to announce that Sara Leslie has been awarded the 2021 Dearcán Bursary. The Bursary is an award supported by Cork County Council Arts Service and South Cork Local Enterprise Office, in conjunction with Benchspace.

Sara Leslie, was born in Japan and moved to Ireland when she was 8 years old. She is an aspiring maker and artist who works in woodworking, printmaking and graphic design will begin her 12 month residency in March 2021. She works under the business name Mori Art which is the Japanese word for forest.

The Dearcán Bursary builds on the ongoing work of Benchspace Cork to provide space, tools and technology to those that wish to explore or grow their own creative enterprises. Awardees are provided with a dedicated studio space for 12 months at Benchspace’s creative manufacturing hub in Cork City along with a materials budget of €500 towards the purchase of locally sourced materials and receive a personal stipend of €10,000 towards expenses while they develop their creative practice.

After being awarded the Bursary, Sara Leslie said: “I am excited to be awarded this bursary. Benchspace is an ambitious creative hub with some wonderful makers already working out of its base in the Marina Commercial Park. I’m grateful to have been afforded this opportunity to reflect and research new ways in which I can develop my creative practice.”

Over the course of the next 12 months, Sara will be part of a supportive creative community and be provided with creative skills training to develop her business. “It’s been a challenging year for makers, so to be able to offer an emerging maker the space, support and financial assistance the Cork County Councils Arts Office and South Cork LEO have provided is a wonderful opportunity and we at Benchspace are delighted to be able to facilitate this again for the second year in a row for a County Cork Maker.”

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Mary Linehan Foley extended congratulations to Sara Leslie on winning this award, saying

“The Dearcán Bursary affords a unique opportunity for successful candidates to develop their Arts practice and business. The residency award is a result of a very successful collaboration between Cork County Council’s Arts office, South Cork Local Enterprise Office and Benchspace and is a model of best practice in supporting the Arts locally here in County Cork. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sara Leslie on this achievement which reflects the quality and potential of her work. The bursary will give Sara the space to research, reflect and engage with her practice both creatively and commercially and will open up many doors to progress her professional career.”

The residency award is a collaboration with and supported by Cork County Councils Arts Office and the Local Enterprise Office in South Cork.


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 The Dearcán Bursary

Now in its second year, the Dearcán Bursary is a collaboration with and supported by Cork County Councils Arts Office and the Local Enterprise Office in Cork County.
The Dearcán Bursary was established to provide artists, craft makers and product designers – currently resident in County Cork – with the opportunity to research, reflect and engage with their practice in all of its creative and commercial aspects.

This award will allow the successful candidate to take a significant step forward in their creative career, by supporting a twelve month period at the Benchspace workshop in Cork City. This includes studio/workshop fees, an expenses stipend and budget towards locally sourced materials.