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

Daily from 10.00-5.00pm.

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Admission charges

Admission free

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.
Porcelain lichen

Exhibition: Kathryn Parsons: 'Found in the Fields'

  • 16 January — 24 April 2016 *on now

After focusing on plants and lichens found growing in semi-wild places, Found in the Fields is a series of works inspired by poet John Clare. These collections of found materials, photographs and intricate porcelain sculptures tell of the plants’ fascinating structures, textures and forms.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=found+in+the+fields#kathryn-parsons-found-in-the-fields

3 contemporary triangular necklace designs

Exhibition: 'Symbiosis' by Continued Collective

  • 16 January — 21 February 2016 *on now

Continued Collective are Natalia Sarrazin, Amy Peace Buzzard, Ruth Conway, Fran Onumah, Hazel Baker, Harriet Rose Knight, Peter Clark, Abbie Williams, Sanna Eskola & Hayley Beckley.Crossing disciplines, combining materials, collaborating and interacting.

In their second group exhibition, Continued Collective present works made in response to these themes to reach beyond the boundaries of the jewellery field. Through their collective disciplines they engage a wider audience whilst celebrating their diversity as a collective and the broad range of skills they combine.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=symbiosis#symbiosis-2

Purple silk scarf with moth motifs

Exhibition: Made in the East Midlands

  • 16 January — 21 February 2016 *on now

Ranging from ceramics and jewellery to glassware and textiles, there is sure to be something for all tastes in this eclectic exhibition that celebrates local talent.
All work is for sale.

Artists:
Lynn Baker, Jane Bevan, Kate Bajic, Rachel Carter, Vivien Duggan, Bob Emmett, James Faulkner, Craig Fellows, Diane Griffin, Zoe Hillyard, Iain Hodgkinson, Deborah Hopson-Wolpe, Laura Mabbutt, James Mathieson, Jon Paine, Sejal Ceramics by Sejal Patel, Ann Povey, Kathleen Smith, Maggie Smith, Bethany Walker, Knit Me a Stitch Ceramics by Emily Patricia Wiles, Petra Wright.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=made+in#made-in-the-east-midlands

Chinese jewellery

Exhibition: The Other Mountain: Contemporary Chinese Jewellery

  • 27 February — 24 April 2016

Over the past twenty years an increasing number of
Chinese students have had the opportunity to study in
the West and many of them have returned home to China,
developed their careers as artists, designers, and teachers,
and are now influential in the education of succeeding
generations of students.

The exhibition is jointly created by artist, curator and
consultant, Professor Norman Cherry and Mr Wang Kezhen,
Head of Jewellery and Metalsmithing in the College of Design
at Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China and features
work by the following artists:
Bifei Cao, Xiang Dai, Ming Gu, Xin Guo, Jun Hu,
Xiaowang Huang, Qian Jiang, Xiao Liu, Honggang Lu,
Xianou Ni, Jie Sun, Fei Teng, Zhenghong Wang,
Chungang Wang, Kezhen Wang, Man Yang, Fan Zhang.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=the+other+mountain

Autonomously produced clay

Exhihibition: Anton Alvarez Alphabet Aerobics

  • 19 March — 5 June 2016

Following his Masters at the Royal College of Art, London, Alvarez dedicated three years to one project The Thread Wrapping Machine but in 2015 he embarked on a new ceramics project. Alvarez has embraced the challenge of designing an autonomous manufacturing system that goes one step further than The Thread Wrapping Machine by removing the artist from the making process entirely; liberating him and questioning the role of maker, artist and curator.

The exhibition provides visitors with a unique opportunity to witness ground-breaking innovations in craft and design. Pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a sculptor, Alvarez's machine will make a sculpture a day in the gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=anton#anton

Photo shows the work by jennie Parry called organic growth, with includes hanging paper weaved into patterns

Paper : Beyond the Fold

  • 14 May — 26 June 2016

The exhibit presents a wide selection or artists, makers and designers who work with paper. This includes the use of paper pulp, paper ceramics, paper weaving, cut paper hangings and paper pulp based electronics.

The exhibit includes the work of the following artists:
Debbie Wijskamp, Rebecca Wilson, Sue Shields, Marcelo Coelho studio, Mayumi Kaneko, Jennie Parry, Hannah Lobley (from Design factory) and Rachel Lovatt ( from Design Factory).

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.
Child holding an 'I love craft' badge to the camera

Clubs: Tots Tuesdays!

  • 16 February 2016 10am-12pm
  • 23 February 2016 10am-12pm
  • 1 March 2016 10am-12pm
  • 8 March 2016 10am-12pm
  • 15 March 2016 10am-12pm
  • 22 March 2016 10am-12pm
  • 29 March 2016 From 10am

Bring your babes along to NCCD every Tuesday morning where youngsters (and their families) can have a go at our changing activity zones and worksheets without worrying about how much noise and mess is made.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=tots+tuesda#tots-tuesdays-free

Felt Making

Evening Classes: Feltmaking with Laura Mabbutt

  • 8 March 2016 6-8:30pm
  • 12 April 2016 6-8:30pm
  • 10 May 2016 6-8:30pm

introduction to wet feltmaking. Suitable for beginners, the sessions will start with simple, flat felt pictures using a variety of coloured wools and other natural fibres before moving on to explore seamless hollow forms such as a bag or vase, exploring various techniques throughout the sessions. There will also be time to discuss or work on specific techniques that you wish to explore.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£60 for 4 sessions, basic materials included. Please book

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=felt#feltmaking-with-laura-mabbutt

Silversmithing

Evening Classes: Silversmithing with Andrew Poole

  • 8 March 2016 6-9pm
  • 12 April 2016 6-9pm
  • 10 May 2016 6-9pm

Learn the basic techniques such as soldering, sawing, hammering, joining, polishing and finishing. The group will start with a basic project to learn the necessary skills and then have opportunity to develop their own design ideas with Andrew.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£80 for 4 sessions, Basic materials included and precious metals available to buy in the sessions. Please book.

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=silversmithing

Painting tools

Classes: Painting: Towards abstraction with Phil Bowman

  • 20 February 2016 10:30am-3pm
  • 19 March 2016 10:30am-3pm
  • 16 April 2016 10:30am-3pm

Participants will develop paintings based on landscape, still life and figuration with a live model. Rhythmic, patterned, gestural and abstract styles of painting will be explored.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£25pp. Basic materials and easels provided.

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=painting#painting-towards-abstraction-with-phil-bowman

gold ring

Exhibition: New Designers One Year On Award Winners: Flora Bhattachary and Robyn Hinchcliffe

  • 27 February — 24 April 2016

Based at Goldsmiths’ Centre in London, fashion jeweller and designer, Flora Bhattachary specialises in contemporary bespoke carved gems in rich colours and textured precious metals. Each distinctive design is hand-crafted, combining traditional fine jewellery techniques with modern technology and aesthetics.

Robyn Hinchcliffe is a London-based textile product designer specialising in knitted textiles for the home. Challenging the more traditional aesthetics of knit, she combines machine knitting and hand weaving techniques to create supple and inviting textiles with a playful depth of pattern and texture.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=new+designers#new-designers-one-year-on-award-winners-flora-bhattachary-and-robyn-hinchcliffe

Chinese jewellery

Special Event: Curators Talk

  • 5 March 2016 From 11am

Over the past twenty years an increasing number of Chinese students have had the opportunity to study in the West and many of them have returned home to China, developed their careers as artists, designers, and teachers, and are now influential in the education of succeeding generations of students.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=the+other+mountain#future-nccd-touring-show-the-other-mountain

Anton Alvarez

Meet the Artist: Anton Alvarez

  • 19 March 2016 From 11am

Anton Alvarez will be in conversation with Head of Exhibitions, Bryony Windsor, to enlighten audiences and inspire budding machine makers. Hear Anton talk about his exhibition, Autonomous Manufacturing System 1.0 that was specially commissioned
for NCCD’s Main Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=anton#anton

Photo shows porcine plate

Ceramics workshop with Anna Collette Hunt

  • 23 April 2016 10am-5pm

The first half of the day includes a tour of the exhibit to help gather inspiration. You will then use plaster moulds to create ceramic vessels and decorate them using your gathered source material.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£40 per person
12yrs +

Photo shows examples of the various embroidered book covers from famous classic novels.

A good read by the Sleaford Embroiderers

  • 30 April — 8 May 2016

The exhibit will include their recent book cover project featuring beautifully embroidered book covers from famous classic novels.The exhibit will be featured in our roof gallery, and during the week members from the group will be found in our 4th floor spaces, running interactive activities and demonstrations of various textile techniques for visitors.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/

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

Website

www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk

E-mail

info@nationalcraftanddesign.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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