The National Centre for Craft and Design

The National Centre for Craft & Design
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The National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire is the largest venue in England entirely dedicated to the exhibition, celebration and promotion of contemporary international craft and design.

The venue hosts a range of internationally significant makers, designers and artists across four gallery spaces.

NCCD also has a retail space with a range of gifts from over 30 makers and a wonderful Riverside Café serving drinks and light bites.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Heritage site

Opening hours

Open daily 10am-5pm
(10am–4pm on Bank holidays)

Our café is open 10am–4pm
(10am–2pm on Bank holidays)

We are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Admission charges

Admission free

Getting there

By Car

Lincoln, Newark, Boston and Grantham are approximately a 20–30 minute drive away. The A15 and A17 routes pass directly through Sleaford linking to the A1 within 20 minutes.

Use NG34 7DW for sat navs and follow the brown signs which are displayed on all approaches to the town.

Parking

Eastgate car park is directly adjacent to the Centre and between Monday and Saturday the first hour parking is FREE, then £1.50 for 1-3 hours and £3.50 all day. On Sunday and Bank Holiday parking is FREE. Disabled parking spaces are also available.

By Train

Sleaford is approximately 2 hours from London Kings Cross, 1 hour from Nottingham and 30 minutes from Lincoln Central. NCCD is a 5 minute walk from Sleaford train station.

By Bus

National Express coaches run a service between Sleaford and London and from other major cities and towns. Sleaford is locally serviced by Centrebus and Stagecoach.

By Air

Our nearest airports are Doncaster Robin Hood International, Humberside and East Midlands which are all less than 1 hour 30 minutes by car from NCCD.

Additional info

Accessibility & Facilities
NCCD is a fully accessible building with lift access to all floors, with accessible toilets on three floors of the building. All floors of the building are also wheelchair and buggy friendly and mobility scooters are available on request.

There is a café on the ground floor of the building serving hot and cold food and drink. Baby changing facilities are also available.

If you have any specific access questions or requirements please ask a member of staff and we will endeavour to assist in any way possible. Please contact reception in advance of your visit on 01529 308 710 or email shop@nccd.org.uk

We do not have a permanent collection providing instead, a seasonal programme of dynamic exhibitions ranging from international to innovative new work created by local and regional artists and shown across our four diverse gallery spaces.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Circus Act, Rope Acrobatics

Circus Performers, Politics and Pop Culture

  • 28 April — 8 July 2018 *on now

Join us for a balancing act of live performance and aerial acrobatics, film, photography, circus ephemera and design.

The exhibition presents elements of circus design through posters, pop culture and costume. Different viewpoints on the subject are uncovered through thematic exploration including Politics; Women in Circus, Equality and Inclusivity. The impact of circus on pop culture is highlighted through film, literature and music. Static exhibits are complemented by an ongoing programme of live aerial acts with star attraction pieces by performers in residence, Claire Crook aka Madam Mango and Rio Willett.

Free drop-in taster sessions will enable you to have a go at your own performance using aerial hoops led by the artsNK Dance Team!

Acts include:

Performers in Residence:

Claire Crook (Madam Mango)

Rio Willett



Costumiers:

Tina Bicât

Becky Truman

Rhiannon Matthews



Visual arts:

Peter Lavery

Luke Stephenson

Posters from the Richley Archive

Liliana Robins

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/exhibitions/circus

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Aerial hoop acrobatics

Rio Willett - Aerial Intro Hoop Workshop

  • 21 May 2018 6-8:30pm *on now

Participants will learn beginner aerial hoop positions and movements in this traditional circus art form, which will develop physical fitness, core strength and flexibility as well as pushing your creativity. The workshop will stretch out the entire body, is great for building confidence, as well as being fun and a very different challenge from your average workout or workshop!

Admission

£25, 18yrs+, please book

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/events/rio-willett-aerial-intro-hoop-workshop

Aerial Acrobatics on rope

May Half-Term - Free Aerial Taster Workshops

  • 26 May 2018 11am-12pm
  • 31 May 2018 11am-12:30pm, 1:30-3pm
  • 3 June 2018 11am-12pm

Drop into the gallery to try out exciting circus techniques with our specially trained aerial dance teachers. Test your fitness, strength and flexibility on the hoop and the silks - two long pieces of fabric which you wrap around yourself whilst you create striking poses in the air.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop-in sessions, everyone welcome

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/events/may-half-term-free-aerial-taster-workshops

Printmaking, children

May Half-Term - Family Workshops: Street Fashion

  • 28 May — 1 June 2018

Join us for a week of drop-in activities with artist Dave Bramston where visitors can have a go at printing fabric using ‘fly-tipped’ objects that will be made into garments for our exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop-in sessions, everyone welcome

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/events/may-half-term-family-workshops-fly-tipped-fashion

family wprkshop, twin boys

May Half-term - Circus Acrobats!

  • 29 May 2018 10am-2pm

Join our school holiday specialist Emma Britton for fun, free, fabulous circus craft! Explore the 'greatest show on earth' and transform yourself into a life-size cardboard acrobat.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop-in session, everyone welcome

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/events/may-half-term-circus-acrobats

Claire-Crook-Cascade

Circus Life Drawing at NCCD

  • 2 June 2018 10am-3pm

Circus exhibition special – sketch our circus performer-in-residence, Claire Crook, rehearsing aerial rope work live in the gallery, with drawing expert Martyn Blundell.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£30, 16yrs+, paper provided, please bring your own drawing implements

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/events/circus-life-drawing

Claire-Crook-Cascade

Aerial Intro Rope Workshop with Claire Crook (Madam Mango)

  • 3 June 2018 1:30-4pm

Participants will learn introductory positions and movements on the 'corde lisse' (rope), one of the most simple and beautiful pieces of circus aerial arts equipment. Increasing core strength and flexibility, this workshop is not for the faint-hearted, but participants will feel a huge sense of achievement and well-being as well as having been challenged creatively.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£25, 18yrs+, please book

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/events/aerial-intro-rope-workshop-with-claire-crook-madam-mango

Getting there

By Car

Lincoln, Newark, Boston and Grantham are approximately a 20–30 minute drive away. The A15 and A17 routes pass directly through Sleaford linking to the A1 within 20 minutes.

Use NG34 7DW for sat navs and follow the brown signs which are displayed on all approaches to the town.

Parking

Eastgate car park is directly adjacent to the Centre and between Monday and Saturday the first hour parking is FREE, then £1.50 for 1-3 hours and £3.50 all day. On Sunday and Bank Holiday parking is FREE. Disabled parking spaces are also available.

By Train

Sleaford is approximately 2 hours from London Kings Cross, 1 hour from Nottingham and 30 minutes from Lincoln Central. NCCD is a 5 minute walk from Sleaford train station.

By Bus

National Express coaches run a service between Sleaford and London and from other major cities and towns. Sleaford is locally serviced by Centrebus and Stagecoach.

By Air

Our nearest airports are Doncaster Robin Hood International, Humberside and East Midlands which are all less than 1 hour 30 minutes by car from NCCD.

The National Centre for Craft and Design
Navigation Wharf
Carre Street
Sleaford
Lincolnshire
NG34 7TW
England

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/

E-mail

shop@nccd.org.uk

Telephone

01529 308710

Fax

01529 308711

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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