We have a packed month this year for the annual Cork Craft Month
Kicking off on August 3rd with Sean from Badly Made Books making a return to Benchspace with a Book Binding workshop
Following on from this current Artist in Residence Adrien Segal is holding a Spoon Carving Masterclass on August 10th.
August 31st we’ll be moving offsite to Mark Donnellys workshop on the edge of the city for a weekend long Green Woodworking course
We’ll be holding out annual exhibition / summer social on August 24th and also on August 31st we’ll be holding a Benchspace Bites: Live Edge Clock class for those among you who want to try woodworking but aren’t quite ready to commit to a weekend/night course.
We are also pleased to announce the Dearcán Bursary. Cork County Council Arts Service and South Cork Local Enterprise Office in conjunction with Benchspace Cork are offering a bursary to any craft maker, artist or designer currently resident in County Cork working in the medium of wood, or wood in combination with other materials. The bursary will provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to make a significant step forward in their professional career, whether they be recent graduate, new start-up or seasoned professional. To facilitate this, it will support a twelve month period in the Benchspace workshop in Cork City to include workshop fees, a living allowance and an allowance towards locally sourced materials. More details can be here
Any questions, feel free to contact us.
The People’s Parklet
The People’s Parklet on Douglas St will officially be opened this Wednesday, July 24th at 4pm. The Parklet is the first long term, purpose built in Ireland and is a space for people to sit, relax and linger. As an amenity combining elements of seating, planting and bike parking, it offers an alternative experience of the city and the street. It is an open and public space, that invites residents and passers-by to interact socially, and to foster a sense of place, community and environment.
This parklet is moveable and can be relocated to different areas in the city centre. It is hoped that it will enhance whatever public space it is placed in, bringing a pop of natural materials, green planting and vibrant artwork to what might otherwise be a concrete, overlooked or neglected space.
The best and brightest of Corks groups including Benchspace Cork, The Transport and Mobility Forum, Mad about Cork, The Douglas Street Business Association, Cork Flower Studios and the build team led by Rory Drinan collaborated to bring Siobhan Keogh’s design to life. Supported and funding was kindly given by the Cork City Council Placemaking Fund 2019.
It is constructed by cladding a steel and timber frame in Siberian Larch which like the vibrant pollinator friendly planting will age beautifully over its lifetime, it will remain in place until September 29th (including Parking Day on Sept 20th).
Location: Douglas side of Douglas Street (outside Cork Flower Studios)
Follow the Parklet at https://www.instagram.com/thepeoplesparkletcork/
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Benchspace are hiring!!
We are looking for a talented/driven individual on a part time basis to help promote and manage our Co-Making space.
Applications to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us why we should hire you (max 200 words, please attach a CV outlining previous experience)