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.
necklace

2020 Visions: Celebrating Twenty Years of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery

  • 14 January — 12 March 2017 *on now

2020 Visions shows the best of the contemporary jewellery and conveys progression in design and techniques over the last twenty years. To mark its 20th Birthday, Association of Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ) has invited twenty of its most prominent and innovative members to exhibit work from 1997 alongside a new piece. The exhibition also features work selected by a prominent panel of advisors. ACJ currently has 500 members so this exhibition promises to explore a range of materials, new technologies, techniques and methods of construction.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome

model wearing 3d printed bangle by lynne maclachlan

3D Printing: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful

  • 28 January — 23 April 2017 *on now

In partnership with the University of Lincoln, The National Centre for Craft & Design presents a thought provoking exhibition exploring 3D printing technology. The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful celebrates innovation, poses ethical questions and considers the future of the manufacturing process.

Works on display explore the innovative, political, social and environmental aspects of 3D printing. The show highlights that whilst the process is opening up new creative possibilities for makers, the technology also raises other complex questions – the role of designer and maker; authorship; our relationships with objects, customisation and mass production; conservation or changing history; environmental or a way of democratising medicine?

The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful is an immersive experience that includes light, sound and touch to create new levels of accessibility for audiences with different needs. The exhibition is part of an ongoing research study by the University of Lincoln into accessibility for visually impaired audiences.

This exhibition has been jointly funded by NCCD, University of Lincoln, DRILL Big Lottery and Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

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.

  • 12 March 2017 10am-4pm
  • 9 April 2017 10am-4pm
  • 14 May 2017 10am-4pm

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
  • 18+

Admission

Fees apply - everybody welcome
18yrs+

Website

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

Life Drawing

Life Drawing with Martyn Blundell

  • 4 March 2017 10am-3pm
  • 25 March 2017 10am-3pm
  • 6 May 2017 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

Silversmithing at NCCD

Silversmithing evening course

  • 7 March 2017 6-9pm
  • 4 April 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

£75pp for 3 sessions, basic materials included, 18yrs+

Designer/Maker Portfolio Reviews

  • 13 March 2017
  • 17 April 2017
  • 8 May 2017

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+

3d printed glasses by grace du prez

Grace Du Prez - Jewellery Making Workshop

  • 4 March 2017 1-4pm

Acclaimed as one of the industry's leading designer-makers, we are delighted to welcome exhibiting artist Grace Du Prez to NCCD for a series of 3D printed pen workshops this season.

A 3D printing pen allows you to daw with plastic in the air. It combines all the excitement of new technology with the care and love of something handmade. Come and learn how to use a 3D Printing pen and design and create your own craft!

In this 3 hour workshop you will learn how to make your own piece of jewellery - a necklace, ring, earrings, brooch or hair accessory.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£49pp, materials and 3D printing pen provided
14yrs+

3d printed jewellery

Professor Anne Chick in Conversation with Lionel T Dean

  • 7 March 2017 6-7:30pm

Join us for an informal talk with exhibition co-curator Professor Anne Chick from the University of Lincoln in conversation with exhibiting artist Lionel T Dean. Lionel has been exploring the creative potential of digital design and manufacturing technology for almost ten years and is at the forefront of digital making. In 2003 he founded FutureFactories, a studio focused exclusively on 3D printing technologies. Pop in for a complimentary glass of wine and enjoy a late night shopping evening in our craft and design shop.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Suggested donation of £5, everyone welcome

Shop Demonstrations: Louise West

  • 18 March 2017 1-4pm

Louise works in both traditional and contemporary bobbin lace, which she uses to inspire her collections of fine silver jewellery. Louise will be demonstrating the craft of lace making.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome

exhibit image

Exhibition Talk: 'What Do I Need To Do To Make It OK?'

  • 18 March 2017 From 11am

Join the curator Liz Cooper for a special preview and informal tour of this roof gallery exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome

NCCD Building

Meet the Curator

  • 6 April 2017 10am-4pm

If you are a designer/maker looking to exhibit your work then come along and meet our curatorial team for a day of insight into planning, curating and managing exhibitions

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5pp

Shop Demonstration: Samantha Robinson

  • 8 April 2017 1-4pm

Samantha works with a subtle combination of ceramics, metals and textiles to produce an exciting and creative take on commonplace objects.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome

lady wearing 3d printed hat at ascot

Grace Du Prez - Live 3D Printing Demonstration

  • 8 April 2017 1-4pm

Acclaimed as one of the industry's leading designer-makers, we are delighted to welcome exhibiting artist Grace Du Prez to NCCD for a series of 3D printed pen demonstrations, workshops and events this season.

A 3D printing pen allows you to daw with plastic in the air. It combines all the excitement of new technology with the care and love of something handmade.

Come and see Grace demonstrate how the 3D Printing pen works, and watch her create a piece of millinery exclusively for our exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome

lady wearing 3d printed hat at ascot

Grace Du Prez - 3D Printing Pen Millinery Workshop

  • 9 April 2017 10am-4pm

Acclaimed as one of the industry's leading designer-makers, we are delighted to welcome exhibiting artist Grace Du Prez to NCCD for a series of 3D printed pen workshops this season.

A 3D printing pen allows you to daw with plastic in the air. It combines all the excitement of new technology with the care and love of something handmade. Come and learn how to use a 3D Printing pen and design and create your own craft!

Explore different techniques to make your very own hat or headpiece.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£80pp, materials and 3D printing pen provided.
14yrs+

3d printed glasses

Grace Du Prez - 3D Printing in Design: Young People's Workshop

  • 10 April 2017 10am-4pm

Acclaimed as one of the industry's leading designer-makers, we are delighted to welcome exhibiting artist Grace Du Prez to NCCD for a series of 3D printed pen workshops this season.

A 3D printing pen allows you to daw with plastic in the air. It combines all the excitement of new technology with the care and love of something handmade. Come and learn how to use a 3D Printing pen and design and create your own craft!

This workshop is for the budding designers and makers of tomorrow. Experiment with 3D surface design, colour, pattern, composition and detailed structures.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£20pp, snacks and drinks included, materials and 3D printing pen provided.
12-25yrs

michael eden yellow vortex 3d printed vase

Michael Eden: The Hand and The Glove - Gallery Tour and Q&A

  • 10 April 2017 11am-1pm

We are delighted to welcome exhibiting artist Michael Eden to NCCD to talk about his practice that explores the relationship between established digital processes and the use of new technologies. Michael's talk will be followed by an audience Q&A with the exhibition curators.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£20pp
(£10 for Design Factory members and students)
Booking essential

Silversmithing Saturdays

  • 15 April 2017 10am-4pm
  • 22 April 2017 10am-4pm
  • 6 May 2017 10am-4pm
  • 13 May 2017 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 all 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+

Shop Demonstration: Kate Bajic

  • 13 May 2017 1-4pm

Drawing on interests in both natural form and science, Kate focuses on lichen as the main theme to her new collection. She will be demonstrating jewellery making techniques.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome

shiftWorks by Seam Collective

Make a shift dress in a day with Julie Heaton

  • 15 July 2017 10am-4pm

Interested in making your own clothes or want to learn how to follow a pattern? In this fast paced one day workshop you will make your very own swinging shift dress! Bring your own fabric and sewing machine (if you have one). Suitable for beginners and intermediates.

£55pp, 14yrs +

Admission

£55pp, 14yrs+

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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