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.
laura ellen bacon

Laura Ellen Bacon: Rooted in Instinct

  • 21 October 2017 — 14 January 2018 *on now

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

naseem darbey glow

Naseem Darbey: We Are Saved By Loss

  • 11 November 2017 — 7 January 2018 *on now

“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.
printers inc

Printers Inc.

  • 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

  • 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+

Life Drawing

Life Drawing with Martyn Blundell

  • 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

bangle

Silversmithing - Make a bangle

  • 16 December 2017 10am-4pm *on now

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 *on now

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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