The National Centre for Craft and Design

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

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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

Opening hours

Daily from 10.00-5.00pm.

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.

ARTIST ROOMS: Vija Celmins

  • 21 March — 28 June 2015 *on now

The NCCD brings the work of acclaimed American artist Vija Celmins to Sleaford in this ARTIST ROOMS exhibition.

Born in Latvia in 1938, Vija Celmins is best known for her intricate, monochromatic images of a select range of subjects in a host of media including a variety of printmaking methods, charcoal and drawing.

In 1966 Celmins began to use photographs as the subject for her works, creating what she described as ‘impossible images’ taken from a found source rather than from first hand observation, which remind us of the complexity of the simplest things and prompt us to question our place in the universe that surrounds us.

The work on loan to the NCCD includes a range of subject matters including the ocean, the desert, the night sky and spiders’ webs. Through these works, the show explores the variety of printmaking techniques used by Celmins, which each take up to a year to complete.

Alongside this show, there will be a number of events to get involved in, inspired by and exploring Celmins’ work and techniques.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#artist-rooms-vija-celmins

Emilie Osborne

  • 21 March — 28 June 2015 *on now

Emilie Osborne is a UK based Paper Artist, specialising in three-dimensional surface manipulations for creative environments and commercial settings.

Emilie creates innovative geometric designs exploiting optical illusions and effects using shape, depth, colour and perspective. Emilie graduated from Arts University Bournemouth in 2013 and was awarded the New Designers One Year On award in week 2 of New Designers 2014, resulting in her exhibition at NCCD.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/

Sound Matters: Exploring Sound through Form

  • 28 March — 5 July 2015 *on now

Sound Matters considers the connections between craft practice and sound art. Seven contemporary works have been selected to illustrate ways in which these two distinct practices collide. Exploring the physicality of sound, the works are characterised by both their sonic properties and materiality

The makers and artists represented in this exhibition demonstrate how an engagement with sound also implicates an engagement with matter. Drawn from across creative disciplines, each work is indicative of a different approach: looking to traditional craft heritage and processes such as weaving and woodturning to create new sound forms, playing with shared technologies and language and revealing the sounds of materials.

With its equal emphasis on sound and form, Sound Matters offers a new and multi-sensory engagement with craft, with each work demanding to be heard as well as seen. With works of varying scale and volume, it is as important to listen as to look to fully experience the show.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/

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.

Listen, Make and Create

  • 25 May 2015 1-3pm

These popular and energetic workshops are led by professional storyteller Kirsty Mead of Rhubarb Theatre, who combines storytelling, music, movement and making within her fun and interactive sessions.

Each creative session will start with a story and end with every child having created something to take home and enjoy.

Suitable for

Admission

£6 per child

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/

Dinky Designers

  • 12 May 2015 10:30am-12pm

Little ones under 5 love our fun craft and design sessions. Run each month, they will be encouraged to explore one of our inspiring exhibitions, followed by lots of messy and creative play. The hands-on activities are designed to build on their interests, develop their abilities and celebrate their ideas. Each child will always have a ‘make’ to take home, no matter how experimental they’ve been!

Please note parents/carers are required to stay to supervise the children throughout the session. Tea, coffee and juice are provided.

Suitable for

Admission

£6 per child

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/

Artist in Residence: Ruth Singer

  • 29 April 2015 11am-4pm
  • 29 May 2015 1-3pm

Later this year, our Roof Gallery will host an exhibition by textile artist Ruth Singer exploring how we respond to and interact with textiles in our daily lives.

Join Ruth to see her at work and talk about the forthcoming exhibition on the following dates:

24 Feb, 11am - 4pm
30 Mar, 1 - 3pm Family-friendly Easter drop-in activities
29 Apr, 11am - 4pm
29 May, 1 -3pm Family-friendly half term drop-in activities

Suitable for

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#artist-in-residence-ruth-singer

Young Designers Saturday Drop-in

  • 2 May 2015 1-4pm

Do you love to design, make and create?

NCCD Young Designers offers young people (ages 12 upwards) the chance to work with amazing artists and designers to explore craft and design, develop skills and confidence, have special access to NCCD exhibitions, and the potential to develop exhibitions and events of your own.

Get involved with our FREE monthly drop-in sessions, held at NCCD on the 1st Saturday of the month, 1-4pm.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/

Life Drawing Class

  • 2 May 2015 10am-3pm

Join artist Phil Bowman as he leads another series of life drawing classes. As an essential ingredient in developing skills of observation and drawing these sessions are perfect for beginners and practiced artists alike. Models will vary each session and a range of materials will be available for use. If you would like to use something specific please bring along your own supplies to avoid disappointment.

A limited number of easels are available for use.

Suitable for

Admission

£22

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#life-drawing-class-6

Art Foundations: Observation: Drawing from Life

  • 18 April 2015 12-4pm *on now

Get back to basics throughout the spring season with artist Kate Robotham for a series of workshops aimed at exploring a different element of the foundations of art and design each month.

These sessions are the perfect opportunity to develop your creative drawing skills and also your portfolio. Suitable for beginners and improvers of all ages and abilities.

This session focuses on drawing from observation.

Suitable for

Admission

£22pp (or £80 for all 4), Young Person's concession £15

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/

Art Foundations: Creating Compositions

  • 23 May 2015 12-4pm

Get back to basics throughout the spring season with artist Kate Robotham for a series of workshops aimed at exploring a different element of the foundations of art and design each month.

These sessions are the perfect opportunity to develop your creative drawing skills and also your portfolio. Suitable for beginners and improvers of all ages and abilities.

This session focuses on creating compositions.

Suitable for

Admission

£22pp (or £80 for all 4), Young Person's concession £15

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/

Shadow Puppets

  • 30 May 2015 1-3pm

This half term join Rhubarb Theatre for a fun Saturday afternoon drop-in workshop making your own shadow puppets and acting out their characters.

Suitable for

Admission

£15pp

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/

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