Cork County Council Arts Service and South Cork Local Enterprise Office in conjunction with Benchspace Cork offers 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.

Benchspace Cork is a co-making workshop located in Cork City. It was established to provide affordable access to workbenches and professional standard machinery for local furniture makers and designers, particularly to graduates and early career professionals. It was established as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) in 2017 and operates as not-for-profit social enterprise.


The Award includes a Stipend of €10,000 for the year, a workstudio rental at Benchspace of €4200, and materials generously sponsored by Stephen Pearson


The bursary is open to:

  • Practicing artists, craft makers and designers in all disciplines who are currently living and working in the Cork County administrative area
  • Applicants should show significant achievement and/or potential in their chosen field
  • Applicants must demonstrate how undertaking the bursary placement will have a significantly impact on their professional practice
  • Applicants must be over 18 years



The award aims to provide the following benefits to the successful applicant:

  • Time to research, explore and develop their practice supported by a stipend phased over twelve months
  • A dedicated workspace in shared wood workshop, use of machinery and also our laser and 3D Printing equipment, (with consideration for scheduled classes and events) access with parking and on site security close to a major urban centre
  • A supportive creative environment with opportunities to collaborate with other makers, whether it’s just a helping hand, a sounding board or partnering on projects
  • Connectivity and visibility through our growing network of public and industry bodies to improve commercial opportunities
  • Assistance finding a sector specific mentor to advise on professional practice
  • Promotion of the successful candidate through exhibition events, retail opportunities, workshops and projects
  • Locally sourced materials will be provided as part of the bursary

Prior to taking up the bursary, the successful candidate will agree with Benchspace Cork:

  • A long term measurable goal to be achieved during the placement
  • Some interim milestones by which progress can be gauged
  • A commitment to engage and contribute to the shared workshop ethos
  • Engagement with mentors and advisors
  • Sign up the Benchspace user contract, The expected duration of the Bursary is one year.



Each application must be accompanied by:

  • A detailed CV
  • A clear statement of expected accomplishment within the 12 month period at BenchspaceCork, and how that success would be measured
  • Images of recent work, with a short description
  • Any other relevant information, for example, equipment, business, or training needs
  • References or other forms of support from established figures must be submitted. Referees may be contacted at the discretion of the Arts Office or Benchspace Cork.
  • The closing date for applications for the 2019 Benchspace Dearcán Bursary Award is 5pm Friday, August 30th 2019.
  • Enquiries to: Benchspace –