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.
Porcelain alphabet, sculpture

Exhihibition: Anton Alvarez Alphabet Aerobics

  • 19 March — 5 June 2016 *on now

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


Weaved paper thread hanging pieces

Paper : Beyond the Fold

  • 14 May — 26 June 2016 *on now

This exhibition presents a wide selection of artists, makers and designers who work with paper as their medium. The exhibition explores the versatility of paper and how this ancient material is used in contemporary craft and design. Exhibits include terracotta paper pulp items by Debbie Wijskamp, a new hand cut paper hanging by Sue Shields and Fine Paperware, a collection of paper cups inspired by traditional ceramic styles such as Jasperware by Rebecca Wilson.
The Paper Rhythms collection of paper weave and braid by Mayumi Kaneko (Japan) and Jennie Parry (UK) will also feature as part of the exhibition. Origami and kumihimo techniques are used by the pair with great respect for the purity of form for which the Japanese culture is so revered, shedding new light on this Japanese tradition.

Jennie Parry
Mayumi Kaneko
Sue Shields
Rebecca Wilson
Debbie Wijskamp
Marcelo Coelho
Sharyn Dunn
Kristin & Davey McGuire

Suitable for

  • Any age
Julian Stair: Giant Cinery urns

Cause and Effect

  • 18 June — 18 September 2016

Craft has been used throughout history to give people a voice, offer a creative output in challenging times and rebuild communities, families and lives following a disaster. The contemporary artists selected to exhibit in Cause and Effect take inspiration from personal tragedies, international disasters and unfortunate events - of a more light hearted nature on occasion, such as Anna Barlow’s dropped ceramic ice creams.

The exhibition centres on a body of work by ceramicist Julian Stair from his recent exhibition at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima). Quietus: The vessel, death and the human body explored the containment of the human body after death. Featuring cinerary jars and life size sarcophagi, it was the culmination of ten years’ work. Quietus toured across the UK and assumed very different forms in the various venues. Cause and Effect will host a number of significant pieces by Stair including Reliquary for a Common Man: a single cinerary jar made with, and housing, the ashes of a close family member now in the permanent collection of the Crafts Council.

Anna Barlow
Neil Brownsword
Annie Cattrell
Luke Jerram
James Maskrey
Clare Morgan
Paul Scott
Julian Stair
Emma Woffenden

Suitable for

  • Any age


organic form

Hybrids: Interspecies Collaboration in Craft and Design

  • 9 July — 4 September 2016

Hybrids: Interspecies Collaborations, focuses on the cross species collaboration of human and non-human living creators from a craft and design perspective. We will explore the recent developments in biomaterials and their use in art and design whilst also introducing our visitors to makers who have developed alternative manufacturing techniques. The show will question the relationships that we as humans have with other living organisms. It will raise awareness of ecological concerns and most importantly demonstrate the highest quality craft and design.
Right hand column
Artists include:

- Gavin Munro
- Bioni samp
- Blond and Bieber
- Geoffrey Mann
- Jonas Edvard

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.
Jennie Parry using a Takadai

Demonstration Days: Paper Beyond the Fold

  • 11 June 2016 10am-4pm
  • 18 June 2016 10am-4pm

Jennie Parry and Mayumi Kaneko demonstrate their paper crafting techniques in the gallery during the Paper Beyond the Fold exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Printers Inc.

  • 12 June 2016 10am-4pm
  • 10 July 2016 10am-4pm
  • 14 August 2016 10am-4pm
  • 11 September 2016 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

  • Family friendly


Fees apply - everybody welcome


MArudia with 8 bobbins

Workshop: Jennie Parry - The Magic of Eight Bobbins

  • 25 June 2016 10am-4pm

Enjoy a day with Jennie Parry making attractive and useful braids on the traditional Japanese Marudai using just eight wooden bobbins. Round, square, flat and hollow, they are fun to make and the process is addictive!

Suitable for

  • 18+


£25pp, 10am – 4pm, Adults 18+. Please book.


Silhouette of a homless person under a blanket (made from glass)

Food Bank Donations

  • 23 July — 4 September 2016

Luke Jerram’s Invisible Homelessness in Cause & Effect highlights the growing phenomenon of homelessness and poverty. In response to the piece we are inviting food donations from visitors to create a thought provoking, temporary community artwork. At the end of the summer all donations will go to Sleaford’s Community Larder, a food bank supporting local people in need.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Ice cream forms made from ceramics

Ice Creams in Jeopardy: Ceramics Workshop

  • 25 July 2016 12-4:30pm

Ceramicist Anna Barlow will introduce you to the themes behind her dropped ice-cream cone artwork that features in Cause & Effect. Find out how to "scoop" and pipe clay and combine this with more traditional processes such as slab making, press moulding and hand modelling. Participants can make their own ceramic ice creams that include an element of hazard - think strange flavours, half eaten and dangerous decoration.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£50pp (materials provided), 16yrs+. Please book.


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




01529 308710


01529 308711

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