The Bench

The Bench

Zetland, NSW 2017
Member since 2020

  • 34 Classes
  • 168 Students
  • 38 Reviews

Description

The Bench is a modern, industry standard workshop focusing on education and training for the industry and community. Director and principle tutor Erin Keys established The Bench because she wanted a place for a community to grow together and share their knowledge and experience. With little start up money and no regular funding, we raised funds to build a relaxed and friendly place to learn traditional and contemporary jewellery techniques, a space to develop ideas and projects such as ring making, silver jewellery and stone setting gems. We provide concept based jewellery classes to the absolute beginner, the aspiring maker and to the professional jeweller.

The Bench offers the community the following:
Jewellery Classes, jewellery specializations, professional jewellery development, private jewellery lessons, corporate team building and jewellery related activities.

Why learn to make jewellery at The Bench?
When you become a student at The Bench you are contributing to the viability and sustainability of our workshop, including the general maintenance. By learning to make jewellery at The Bench, you are supporting the establishment of a creative community, and are helping The Bench to evolve & experiment with new programs.

The Bench Jewellery School and Workshop is dedicated to building an unparalleled jewellery centre that delivers quality programs for the betterment of the community and the jewellery industry. The Bench is an open window to learn, design and share by creating experiences and fostering the next generation of makers. It is a place to learn, work, and discuss ideas and share knowledge, a laboratory for the creation of jewellery.

The Bench is a safe working and learning environment, complete with a wide inventory of tools and equipment. The Bench cultivates inclusive, creative and accessible spaces for everyone to have the opportunity to feel safe and welcomed. Our programs and activities offer opportunities for artists and audiences with disability to engage and participate.

Established in 2020, The Bench is located at the exquisite historic site, Joynton Avenue Creative Centre in Green Square. The former South Sydney Hospital comprised a group of brick buildings dating from 1911. Within the precinct, the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre occupies the Esme Cahill building, which was the nurses’ accommodation block, opened in 1938. The Joynton Avenue Creative Precinct by Peter Stutchbury Architecture (PSA), in association with Design 5 – Architects as heritage consultant, completed for the City of Sydney. Easily accessed by Bus, Train, Ride, Walk and with Wheelchair accessibility.









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5.0 (38 reviews)
Timothy
15 June 2021Stone Setting - Design & Manufacture
Had a great time over the long weekend learning how to create gypsy/flush settings as well as Bezel set stones.
Carolyn
13 June 2021Create til Late – An Individual Approach
The Bench is the best jewellery workshop in Sydney, with a great space and relaxed vibe. I've been doing evening classes with Erin since she started The Bench and it's the highlight of my week making jewellery & connecting with a creative group of people. Erin is a skillful teacher and maker who tailors her approach to her individual levels and project types. I have seen a vast improvement in my jewellery skills and couldn't recommend The Bench more!
Timothy
10 June 2021Learn to Make Jewellery – Stage 1 Beginner
I enjoyed Learn to Make Jewellery – Stage 1 Beginner SO MUCH that it went by in a blink of an eye. Erin Keys is a fantastic tutor and i am very, very excited to continue on with my Jewellery journey.
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Refund Policy

BOOKINGS - PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY:

The Bench focuses on high quality teaching and small groups which do not exceed 10 students. The Bench is obliged to pay tutor fees regardless of your attendance, this means that cancellations can cause problems for both the student and teacher. The following policy is, therefore, strictly adhered to.

- Payment. Is required in full at the time of booking and are non-refundable. Your place in the class is not confirmed until payment is received.  Thereafter, you will receive an email to confirm your booking.

- Refund and transfer requests. All course fees are non-refundable. Transfers or credit will not be processed if you cancel within 5 business days of the class or event commencing. To request a transfer or credit, The Bench requires at least 5 business days notice via email prior to the start of a class or event and this is redeemable within 12 months. Please email jewellery@thebench.sydney to organise.

- Partial refunds. The Bench has the right to issue a partial refund, (i.e., A % of the total order) and to retain any booking and processing fees associated with the order.

- Missed classes. The Bench does not offer refunds, transfers, or makeup sessions for missed classes. If you can't make a class, please inform your tutor at The Bench.

- Cancelled class/event. In the event that a class is cancelled by The Bench, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund, transfer or credit. Class cancellation is advised as soon as possible. However, please note that The Bench is not responsible for additional expenses incurred, such as airfares or accommodation.

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at The Bench or organised by The Bench must agree to these terms and conditions.

1.) LIABILITY WAIVER

I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by The Bench. We take your health and safety seriously. The following are general guidelines when you participate in a class.
Always follow the instructions of the teacher at all times. Do not touch or operate any equipment you have not been shows how to operate. If you use glasses for reading and /or close up work please remember to bring them along. If you have long hair, please bring along something to tie it back with.
We will be working with hot, sharp and heavy tools, so please wear shoes, which will protect your feet. Avoid wearing loose flowing garments. Eye/ ear and face masks that are required for a class will be provided and you must wear them at all times if instructed to do so. Please advise if you are pregnant prior to a class.

2.) PHOTO & VIDEO

I agree to give The Bench unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at The Bench classes and events or on The Bench premises. (For use of The Bench marketing materials).

3.) REFUNDS

All course fees are non-refundable. Transfers or credit will not be processed if you cancel within 5 business days of the class or event commencing. To request a transfer or credit, The Bench requires at least 5 business days notice via email prior to the start of a class or event and this is redeemable within 12 months. Please email jewellery@thebench.sydney to organise.

4.) CANCELLATIONS

In the event that a class is cancelled by The Bench, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund, transfer or credit.

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