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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.

Applications for the 2021 Dearcán Bursary are open.

Applications for the 2021 Dearcán Bursary are now CLOSED!

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.

Benchspace PPE Project Report

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

COVID – 19 update.

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.

3D Printed Faceshield for Irish Healthcare Workers



Due to the Covid 19 crisis we’ve had to close down the workshop to the public.

We do however have a number of 3D printers and an 80w laser cutter. We decided to put this equipment to use creating Face Shields for Front Line Workers.

To stop a potential bottleneck we also put out a call for home based 3D printer owners to help us in creating these masks. In less than 48 hours over 35 people signed up to help.

We’ve spend the last week establishing protocols, trialling various designs with healthcare professionals and establishing a distribution plan. We have committed to providing the masks free of charge to a number of major hospitals and elderly care institutions

We estimate we can produce over 2400 face masks a week to distribute but material and distribution costs will be in excess of €6000.

Our goal is to get 10,000 masks into the hands of health workers over the next 4 weeks.

If you wish to donate then you can at

If you have access to a 3D printer and wish to help, please fill out this form

if you wish to get in contact, you can email us at

Thank you.

The Benchspace Team.