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. Except Bank Holidays: Closing at 4pm

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.
jen v wright

Jen V Wright - Innovation Award Winner 2016

  • 9 September — 5 November 2017 *on now

Winner of NCCD’s Innovation Award at Lustre 2016, Jen V Wright presents her graduate collection.

Graduating from Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery in 2016, Jen’s current collection is inspired by various forms of documentation, including some pieces that include personal draft notes. Rather than using paper Jen writes notes on plywood, and instead of throwing notes that are no longer needed away, she laser cuts the wood and creates wearables, giving her once important notes a new lease of life. Other pieces focus on the marks made through the process of making them.

Jen combines wood, metal and fabric to create her pieces, and highlights textures and the beauty in interesting markings that can build up through the making process. From the handwritten qualities and the colours created by heating the metal, a collection is created where every piece is unique.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry, Open to all. Bank Holiday hours vary, please check in advance to avoid disappointment.

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#chloe-solomon-innovation-award-winner-2015

nigel cheney

Nigel Cheney: Decorated

  • 9 September — 5 November 2017 *on now

Decorated is an ongoing research project that explores the relationships between commemoration and memory through textiles. This new body of work is inspired by Cheney’s family origin at Naseby, Northamptonshire and their connection with the war memorial in the village.

Naseby’s copy of the Menin Gate Lion bears the name of 11 servicemen who didn’t survive the war and one of Cheney’s uncles devoted many years of his life to researching them. Decorated tells the story of these men and brings them to life in the gallery.

Cheney exploits both hand craft, hand operated and computer aided manufacture in textiles; complex grounds are built from layers of scans of hand drawn images, photography, digital manipulations, pattern and the contrasts of stitch qualities.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE. Bank Holiday hours vary, please check in advance to avoid disappointment

laura ellen bacon

Laura Ellen Bacon: Rooted in Instinct

  • 21 October 2017 — 14 January 2018

This Autumn, The National Centre for Craft & Design is proud to present Rooted in Instinct – a new collection of work developed especially for NCCD by Woman’s Hour Craft Prize nominee and British Sculptor, Laura Ellen Bacon.

Rooted in Instinct is a unique exhibition demonstrating an evolution of the intuitive making process that has dominated Bacon’s practice to date. It is a pivotal moment in the artist’s career featuring unexpected and familiar forms in willow and new explorations in thatch, further developing the possibilities of traditional hand weaving and knotting techniques. In response to NCCD’s history as an old seed warehouse, new abstract sculptures create height density and detail, the forms are all at once majestic, immersive and ‘protective’ with a unique sense of connectivity to the heritage crafts and architecture of the Lincolnshire landscape.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome. Bank holiday hours vary, please check in advance to avoid disappointment

laura ellen bacon

In Conversation with Laura Ellen Bacon

  • 21 October 2017 11am-12pm

To celebrate the opening of her new exhibition, shortlisted ‘Women’s Hour Craft Prize’ Laura Ellen Bacon will be discussing her work with the public.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE, everyone welcome

naseem darbey glow

Naseem Darbey: We Are Saved By Loss

  • 11 November 2017 — 7 January 2018

“We are descendants of the stars. Cosmic dust is an eternal element of the body’s cyclical decay and renewal. We are constant process, not complete products. We are Tertullian’s Apologeticus where ‘dead stars come to life’ and ‘everything is refashioned out of death’.”

The eternal concepts of life, loss and hope are explored by artist Naseem Darbey in her exhibition We Are Saved By Loss. Using medical morphology and pathology as the basis for her exploration, Darbey addresses her core concepts through art, science, and philosophy and expresses them through her signature hollow drawings. Through the impact of scale and concept, Darbey invites the audience to evaluate and empathise with these testing themes in her new body of work commissioned for The National Centre for Craft & Design and funded by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE. Bank Holiday hours vary, please check in advance to avoid disappointment.

jahday ford

Class of 2017

  • 13 January — 11 March 2018

As the new year dawns, it brings new opportunity and fresh ideas and we are proud to exhibit some of the UK’s most promising young designers. Class of 2017, showcases the best graduate talent from Britain’s leading institutions for craft and design. This year’s graduates have shown immense ability and passion in their respective fields, resulting in work that is well conceived and executed, ready for industry and art gallery alike. Join us in this celebration of new talent, trend-setting colours, striking forms, and delicate details in ceramics, glass, textiles and more!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free of charge, open to all. Bank holiday hours vary, please check in advance to avoid disappointment

winter and kurth

One Year On: Winter & Kurth and Stephanie Holt

  • 13 January — 11 March 2018

Selected as the standout talent at New Designers, our sister organisation Design-Nation have awarded their annual One Year On prize to design studio Winter & Kurth and contemporary jeweller Stephanie Holt.

We’re delighted to welcome these two emerging talents to exhibit with us in the new year, as an opportunity for NCCD to showcase two rising stars in the world of craft and design.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome. Bank holiday hours vary, please check in advance to avoid disappointment

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!

  • 31 October 2017 10am-12pm
  • 7 November 2017 10am-12pm
  • 14 November 2017 10am-12pm
  • 21 November 2017 10am-12pm
  • 28 November 2017 10am-12pm
  • 5 December 2017 10am-12pm
  • 12 December 2017 10am-12pm

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

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

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

Silversmithing at NCCD

Silversmithing evening course

  • 7 November 2017 6-9pm
  • 5 December 2017 6-9pm

Learn the basics of silversmithing with local jeweller Andrew Poole in this popular workshop that teaches soldering, sawing, hammering, joining, polishing, and finishing to create your own jewellery piece

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£80pp for 3 sessions, basic materials included, 18yrs+
Copper included, silver available to purchase on the day

printers inc

Printers Inc.

  • 12 November 2017 10am-4pm
  • 14 January 2018 10am-4pm
  • 11 February 2018 10am-4pm

Every second Sunday of the month our intaglio print group meets at NCCD to explore printing techniques and to develop new work for a range of exhibitions and projects.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Fees apply - everybody welcome
18yrs+

E-mail harriottbrand@yahoo.co.uk for more details

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#printers-inc

Designer/Maker Portfolio Reviews

  • 13 November 2017 1-5pm
  • 11 December 2017 1-5pm
  • 8 January 2018 1-5pm

Book a 45 minute one-to-one session with our resident craft and design experts from Design Factory.

Free, 18yrs+

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, please book.
18yrs+

laura ellen bacon into the weave

Private View: Laura Ellen Bacon 'Rooted in Instinct'

  • 20 October 2017 6-8pm

Join us for the special opening of Woman's Hour Craft Prize nominee Laura Ellen Bacon's new exhibition created especially for NCCD, 'Rooted in Instinct'.

This Autumn, The National Centre for Craft & Design is proud to present Rooted in Instinct – a new collection of work developed especially for NCCD by Woman’s Hour Craft Prize nominee and British Sculptor, Laura Ellen Bacon.

Rooted in Instinct is a unique exhibition demonstrating an evolution of the intuitive making process that has dominated Bacon’s practice to date. It is a pivotal moment in the artist’s career featuring unexpected and familiar forms in willow and new explorations in thatch, further developing the possibilities of traditional hand weaving and knotting techniques. In response to NCCD’s history as an old seed warehouse, new abstract sculptures create height density and detail, the forms are all at once majestic, immersive and ‘protective’ with a unique sense of connectivity to the heritage crafts and architecture of the Lincolnshire landscape.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE, everyone welcome

karen etherley

Shop Demonstration: Karen Atherley

  • 21 October 2017 11am-3pm

Karen will be demonstrating how she decorates her earthenware with her signature painterly female figures.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome

laura ellen bacon

Half Term Family Workshop: Sculpture!

  • 24 October 2017 10am-2pm

Inspired by Laura Ellen Bacon's exhibition 'Rooted in Instinct', join us to make a giant sculpture and use materials intuitively.

Free, drop-in session, everyone welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop-in session, everyone welcome

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/about/#contact

Life Drawing

Life Drawing with Martyn Blundell

  • 4 November 2017 10am-3pm
  • 2 December 2017 10am-3pm
  • 6 January 2018 10am-3pm

We welcome experienced tutor Martyn Blundell for another season of monthly life drawing classes. Expect to learn something new, gain confidence in your ability and build your drawing toolkit in these tutored sessions.

£30pp each session, basic materials included.
Age 16yrs+

Please Book:

+44 (0)1529 308710
info@nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£30pp each session, basic materials included.
Age 16yrs+

Please Book:

+44 (0)1529 308710
info@nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=life+drawing#life-drawing

maxine greer

Shop Demonstration: Maxine Greer

  • 11 November 2017 11am-3pm

Maxine is a mixed media artist who will be showing us how she creates her mini worlds.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome

naseem darbey

Opening Talk - Naseem Darbey: We are Saved by Loss

  • 11 November 2017 From 11:30am

Naseem Darbey opens her Roof Gallery exhibition with a talk discussing the themes of her work.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE, everyone welcome

silversmithing make a spoon

Silversmithing: Make a Spoon

  • 25 November 2017 10am-4pm

In this one-day workshop, you will learn the basics of silversmithing to make a beautiful spoon for yourself or someone special this Christmas.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£35, 18yrs+, basic materials included, copper included, silver available to purchase on the day

eleanor patton

Shop Demonstration: Eleanor Patton

  • 9 December 2017 10am-4pm

As part of Gifted 2017, Eleanor will be showing us how she breaks and repairs her mirrors used in creating her emotive jewellery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome

nccd christmas

Christmas Craft Trail

  • 9 — 10 December 2017 10am-5pm

Explore the building through Gifted with our annual make and create trail; this year we will be taking our inspiration from our main gallery show Rooted in Instinct by Laura Ellen Bacon.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE, drop-in, everyone welcome

gifted

Gifted 2017: Contemporary Christmas Craft Market

  • 9 — 10 December 2017 10am-5pm

Join us for a special advent weekend of high-quality craft, local specialist food and a family friendly programme of workshops a Christmas craft trail, activities, demonstrations, musicians and exhibitions.

Sat 9 Dec

Forced Perspective Photography – Naseem Darbey
Have fun creating your own forced perspective images, using your own phone or digital camera try out some of the techniques Naseem used in We are Saved by Loss and share on social media.

Make a festive 3D Printed Star – Grace Du Prez
Make your very own festive ornament using a 3d Printing Pen. The perfect handcrafted present for someone who is tricky to buy for!

Sun 10 Dec

Ceramic Crockery Workshop
Local artist Kate Mc Bride shows you how to design and decorate a mug or plate using decals. Another perfect personalised handcrafted gift!

Christmas Craft & Trail
Explore the building through Gifted with our annual make and create trail, this year we will be taking our inspiration from our main gallery show Rooted in Instinct by Laura Ellen Bacon.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, all ages welcome, no need to book
All workshops 10am-4pm
Free car parking all weekend

grace du prez

Make a Festive 3D Printed Star with Grace Du Prez

  • 9 December 2017 10am-4pm

As part of Gifted 2017, make your very own festive ornament using a 3d Printing Pen. The perfect handcrafted present for someone who is tricky to buy for!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE, drop-in, everyone welcome

naseem darbey

Forced Perspective Photography Workshop with Naseem Darbey

  • 9 December 2017 10am-4pm

As part of Gifted 2017, create forced perspective images to share on social media using your own camera-equipped mobile and try out some of the techniques the artist used in Naseem Darbey: We Are Saved By Loss.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE, drop-in, everyone welcome

libby ward

Shop Demonstration: Libby Ward

  • 10 December 2017 10am-4pm

As part of Gifted 2017, Libby will be demonstrating how she uses saw piercing, filling, polishing and riveting to create her jewellery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome

kate mcbride

Ceramic Crockery Workshop with Kate McBride

  • 10 December 2017 10am-4pm

As part of Gifted 2017, local artist Kate McBride shows you how to design and decorate a mug or plate using decals. Another perfect personalised handcrafted gift!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE, drop-in, everyone welcome

bangle

Silversmithing - Make a bangle

  • 16 December 2017 10am-4pm

Learn the basics of silversmithing to make a bangle for yourself or someone special this Christmas
basic materials included, copper included, silver available to purchase on the day, 18yrs+

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£35pp, basic materials included, silver available to purchase on the day

naseem darbey

Textile Workshop: Hollow Drawing and Fabric Manipulation

  • 16 December 2017 10am-4pm

Try out some of Naseem Darbey’s artistic techniques in this one-day workshop. Use drawing and machine embroidery to create and build a portfolio of experimental works. Bring a sewing machine and embroidery foot if you have one.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£40, 16yrs+, basic materials provided, please book

sewing

Pattern Cutting: Trousers

  • 5 January 2018 10am-1pm
  • 12 January 2018 10am-1pm
  • 19 January 2018 10am-1pm
  • 26 January 2018 10am-1pm

Join local sewing expert Sarah Elliott over four consecutive Fridays in the New Year and learn to create a trouser pattern to fit yourself, which will be toiled and amended accordingly. You can then use this pattern to make your own trousers using fabric at home. These sessions cover an introduction to pattern cutting, measuring, drafting patterns, seam allowance, toiling, pockets, fly zips, waistbands, construction, fitting and amendments. Expect to take some homework home too!

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£45 for all 4 sessions, 18yrs+, Please book

georgina barney

Workshop - Writing for Artists: Keeping a Journal

  • 13 January 2018 2-4pm

Writing is an integral part of Laura Ellen Bacon’s practice. Learn techniques for documenting and articulating your own thoughts around making, using visual and written note making. Led by artist and writer Georgina Barney, this session is open to all and ideal for craftspeople, designers and artists.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£20, 16yrs+, please book

andrew poole

Silversmithing Saturdays

  • 13 January 2018 10am-4pm
  • 27 January 2018 10am-4pm

Local jeweller Andrew Poole introduces the basics of Silversmithing in his popular workshops. Participants will learn soldering, sawing, hammering, joining, polishing and finishing and have the opportunity to work on their own projects.

Feel free to attend just one or both Saturdays.

£35pp per session, basic materials included.
Please book.
18yrs+

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Feel free to attend just one or all Saturdays.

£35pp per session, basic materials included.
Please book.
18yrs+

detta textiles

Shop Demonstration: Detta Textiles

  • 27 January 2018 11am-3pm

Berni will be bringing her vintage flatbed-knitting machine and will demonstrate how she creates her scarves, wraps and mittens.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome

Website

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

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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