Benchspace Gallery & Workshop

Benchspace is a gallery and workshop for investigating contemporary practices of making in the shifting creative landscape of the 21st century. More than simply a place to display finished objects, this innovative flex space is about engaging in critical dialogue and pushing at disciplinary boundaries.

Concerned with modes of production – how skill, process, materials, and ideas are assembled, Benchspace provides a valuable opportunity for artists, makers, designers, students, academics and the public to engage in collaborative practice.

All events are free and held at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design's Benchspace Gallery & Workshop unless otherwise noted.  We are located at 67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC. Our gallery hours are 10-6pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Please contact us directly for more information at 828.785.1357 or by e-mail info@craftcreativitydesign.org.

Program Advisory Council

Namita Gupta Wiggers

Board Liason, Critical Craft Forum

Elissa Auther

Windgate Research Curator, Museum of Arts & Design/Bard Graduate Center

Jenni Sorkin

Assistant Professor, History of Art and Architecture Department, University of California Santa Barbara

Helen Kearney

Project Manager, Barbican Centre and PhD Candidate, Royal College of Art

Libby O'Bryan

Artist and Owner of Sew Co.

CURRENTLY ON VIEW

Crafted Strangers

On view: September 15, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Framed within the Native American and immigrant experience, Crafted Strangers explores how craft is used as a tool for alienation and self-making.

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COMING UP

Forging Futures: Studio Craft in Western North Carolina

June 29 - August 25, 2017

Forging Futures surveys 24 emerging and established artists shaping the future of studio craft in western North Carolina.

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RECENT NEWS

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design launches “Craft City”

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) debuts a new program series this summer that honors Asheville as “Craft City.” At three outdoor pop-up studios this summer (July 7, August 4, and September 1) people of all skill levels and backgrounds can make a take-home craft under the guidance of a visiting artist.

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VISIT: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design | 67 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801 | map it | Phone: 828.785.1357 Fax: 828.785.1372 | email us | Gallery hours: Tue - Sat 10-6