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.
Julian Stair: Giant Cinery urns

Cause and Effect

  • 18 June — 18 September 2016 *on now

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


Printed textiles

Exhibition: Craig Fellows: Synergistic Design

  • 9 July — 4 September 2016 *on now

Craig Fellows recently completed an MA in Textile Design innovation focusing on investigating symbiotic practices through printed textiles. Craig will be exhibiting some work created during this time in NCCD’s Project space.

Craig explains, “This research project has enabled me to develop a body of work that examines and investigates the relationships that exist between practitioner, traditional craft and digital printing textile practices. I aimed to question the technical application, value and sustainability of both traditional and contemporary printed textiles whilst investigating how relationships may be bridged or reinforced between them. In turn the body of visual research and data that I collated has inspired and informed the choices that I make as a textile practitioner”.

Suitable for

  • Any age


organic form

Hybrids: Interspecies Collaboration in Craft and Design

  • 9 July — 4 September 2016 *on now

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
- Natsai Chieza
- Amy Cogdon

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.

Printers Inc.

  • 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


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

Food Bank Donations

  • 23 July — 4 September 2016 *on now

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


Portrait photograph

Summer Sessions for Young people

  • 1 August 2016 10am-4pm
  • 8 August 2016 10am-4pm
  • 15 August 2016 10am-4pm
  • 22 August 2016 10am-4pm

Working with professional artists and designers, try something new or develop existing skills at a series of creative, all day sessions this summer.

Photographs and Films of works created will be shown on our Mezzanine in a space curated by our Creative Young Minds group.

- Fashion Illustration with Lecturer, Sarah Elliott, Mon 25 Jul
Explore mark making and produce illustrations using a variety of techniques with Fashion & Textiles lecturer from Lincoln Uni.

- Graphic Illustration with Illustrator, Joe Bright, Mon 1 Aug
Develop drawing skills to produce hand-drawn illustrations using pens and paper

- Photography with Photographer, Vika Nightingale, Mon 8 Aug
Explore digital and SLR photography using camera phones and iPads, inspired by the exhibition.

- Film Making with Artist, Sam Metz, Mon 15 Aug
Sam Metz is an artist who uses and produces films as part of her practise. Sam will use the exhibition as stimulus to show you how to make films in the day exploring the themes using a mixture of analogue and digital processes.

- Animation with Animator, Rhian Williams, Mon 22 Aug
Rhian will explore model making and set design and will film from iPads, participants will work in groups.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children


£20 12 - 25 yrs 01529 308710


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




01529 308710


01529 308711

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