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.
Here & Now text in pink on grey background

Here & Now

  • 1 October 2016 — 15 January 2017 *on now

Showcasing the breadth of international talent and most innovative approaches to the medium, the show challenges the notion that tapestry is a dying craft and marks a point in time for the artform.

Alongside British tapestry weavers, the exhibition features artists from Australia, Norway, Latvia, Japan and the USA with over 20 artists represented overall.

Here & Now has been curated in partnership with Lesley Millar, Professor of Textile Culture and Director of the International Textile Research Centre at the University for the Creative Arts, UK.

The show has been partly funded by the Daiwa Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

A fully illustrated catalogue is available to purchase from the exhibition.

Australia - Valerie Kirk
Canada - Barbara Heller
Finland - Aino Kajaniemi
Japan - Ayako Matsumura; Misao Watanabe; Yasuko Fujino; Ai Ito, Saori Sakai
Latvia - Rolands Krutovs, Ieva Krumina
Norway - Kristin Sæterdal; Tonje Høydahl Sørli
UK - Caron Penney; Fiona Rutherford; Sara Brennan; Jilly Edwards, Fiona Hutchinson, Joan Baxter, Pat Taylor, Philip Sanderson
USA - Erin M Riley

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free if charge, Open to all


shiftWorks Seam Collective

shiftWorks by seam collective

  • 12 November 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

To coincide with our season of textiles, we host shiftWorks in our Mezzanine gallery. shiftWorks is a celebration of the shift dress; the first mainstream adoption of the shift dress was in 1965 and this touring exhibition highlights its importance. Twelve textile artists, designers and makers from seam, a textile collective, are creatively exploring their craft to showcase contemporary textile design using the shift dress as a canvas for their ideas.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free of charge, open to all


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.
Ann Richards Triple Spiral neckpiece

Soft Engineering

  • 12 November 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

Soft Engineering brings together the work of three well established textile artists for the first time; Deidre Wood, Alison Ellen and Ann Richards. Having pursued separate careers in knitting and weaving, the artists found many common threads that have inspired them to work together to create this joint exhibition. These makers are all vigorously engaged in experiment and are passionate about materials, processes and the new forms emerging from them. Despite employing different techniques and structures, they find that their approaches interconnect and cross over in intriguing and sometimes surprising ways.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Silversmithing - Make a bangle

  • 17 December 2016 10am-4pm

Learn the basics of silversmithing to make a bangle for yourself or someone special this Christmas
basic materials included, silver available to purchase on the day, 16yrs+

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


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


Christmas Holidays – Embellish a shift dress drop-in session

  • 21 December 2016 — 4 January 2017

Drop into our mezzanine every day and have a go at embellishing a shift dress from the Shiftworks collective
drop-in session

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, drop-in session

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




01529 308710


01529 308711

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