Benchspace Designer in Residence 2021 | Open for Application

Posted 06.04.21

Benchspace invites applications from established and emerging creative professionals and artists, working in all materials including wood. The current Designer in Residence Programme combines workshops and public talks, collaborative creative work and mentoring, of which the delivery is adaptable in light of social restrictions. Applications are also welcomed from academic staff of noted programs in any discipline seeking a period of return to a studio environment. The Programme offers participants the latitude and creative environment to explore new bodies of work or methodologies.

The Designer in Residence Programme is designed to bring established and upcoming designer makers or artists to Cork, Ireland, to showcase their work to a local audience and to contribute fresh perspectives to the Resident Makers at Benchspace.

The Programme will afford the successful candidate the opportunity to create a new body of work or facilitate the exploration of innovative methodologies. It is hoped that it will also provide an in-depth opportunity for Benchspace makers and the wider community to learn from the Designer in Residence during workshops, lectures, and special programs.

The resident will arrive during Cork Craft Month, mid-August 2021, with a presentation of their body of work to the public. There will also be an opportunity to share the ongoing work with a wider audience on Cork Culture Night at the end of September. Finally the residency will culminate in the completed work being displayed in an associated Gallery space.


  • €3500 expenses to cover travel and accommodation.
  • Access to the Benchspace studio & workshops 24/7 with allowances made for classes. 
  • Interaction with other makers in a creative environment.
  • Locally sourced materials will be provided for a significant project (maximum: €500).

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Closing Date
The closing date for applications is 5th May 2021.

Download further information HERE and visit the Benchspace website here.

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