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.

Artists:
Anna Barlow
Neil Brownsword
Annie Cattrell
Luke Jerram
James Maskrey
Clare Morgan
Paul Scott
Julian Stair
Emma Woffenden

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

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

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#craig-fellows-synergistic-design

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.
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Artists include:

- Gavin Munro
- Bioni samp
- Blond and Bieber
- Geoffrey Mann
- Jonas Edvard
- Natsai Chieza
- Amy Cogdon

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#hybrids-interspecies-collaboration-in-craft-and-design

Chloe Solomon, Short Fat Black Body Brooch, Jewellery

Chloe Solomon - - Innovation Award Winner 2015

  • 10 September — 5 November 2016

Winner of NCCD’s Innovation Award at Lustre 2015, Chloe Solomon presents her ‘S K I N’ collection. Chloe Solomon is a Bristol based jeweller, designer and maker. Her current collection, 'S K I N' has been inspired by the human form and the textures and colours found in skin have been the catalyst for this new body of work. Delicate pastel hues and crackled white surface textures make up a translucent material that Chloe has developed; these strips of ‘skin’ are then housed in silver linear forms.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry, Open to all

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#chloe-solomon-innovation-award-winner-2015

Claire Mc Partlan Infusion Brooches

Class of 2016

  • 10 September — 5 November 2016

We are proud to present Class of 2016 showcasing our pick of the best graduate talent from Britain’s leading institutions for craft and design. Once again we dedicate our top floor to Britain’s rising stars to encourage and support those that are pushing the boundaries and making innovative and exquisite objects and products.

Artists:
Adam Lamb
Charlotte Alexander
Charlotte Street
Claire McPartlan
Emily Henriques
Harriett Grist
Bonnet Lui
Maia Rowan Hellawell
Maja Bjork
Miranda Estevez-Baker
Molly Hutchinson

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free of charge, open to all

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#class-of-2016

Tonje Bloom, They say that in Life We Make Our Own Luck

Here and Now

  • 1 October 2016 — 15 January 2017

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.

Artists:
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

Admission

Free if charge, Open to all

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#here-and-now

shiftWorks Seam Collective

shiftWorks by seam collective

  • 12 November 2016 — 8 January 2017

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

Admission

Free of charge, open to all

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=shift#shiftworks-by-seam-collective

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.

  • 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

Admission

Fees apply - everybody welcome

Website

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

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

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#food-bank-donations

What Broken Pot?

Ceramic Conservation workshop – What broken pot?

  • 3 September 2016 10am-4pm

In this one day workshop you will be led through the basics of ceramic restoration by Leah & Terri of WHConservation. Learn the techniques of reassembling, bonding and gap-filling as they apply to earthenware and porcelain objects. No prior experience necessary.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Adults 18+, £35pp, materials provided.

Please book:

+44 (0)1529 308710
info@nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#ceramic-conservation-workshop-what-broken-pot

Ewa Szypula

Life Drawing

  • 10 September 2016 10am-3pm

Develop your skills of observation through our popular life drawing classes suitable for beginners and practised artists alike. On Sat 10 Sep join artist and tutor Ewa Szypula for a guided session exploring a variety of approaches to drawing the female form.

Basic materials and easels provided. Female model.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£30pp, basic materials and easels provided.

Please Book:

+44 (0)1529 308710
info@nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk

Website

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

Life drawing at NCCD

Life Drawing

  • 1 October 2016 10am-3pm

Phil Bowman returns for four taught Life Drawing sessions to help hone your skills of observation

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£30pp

textile eye

In conversation with Lesley Millar and featured artists

  • 1 October 2016 10:15-10am

Join us on the opening day of Here & Now for an informal talk with our Head of Exhibitions in conversation with guest curator Lesley Millar, featured artist Caron Penney and other selected artists
Free, everyone welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, everyone welcome

Website

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

Caron Penney Golden Handshake

Tapestry Weaving with Caron Penney

  • 1 October 2016 10:15am-4pm

Learn the basics to tapestry weaving with master weaver Caron Penney in this one day workshop
£49pp, materials provided, Adults

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£49pp, materials provided

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/?s=weaving#tapestry-weaving-caron-penney

Drawing like a child workshop with Martyn Blundell

  • 2 October 2016 10am-3pm

Artist Martyn Blundell will challenge your way of thinking and defy traditional methods of drawing in this one day workshop.

Materials and lunch included, 16yrs+

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£49pp

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/about/#contact

NCCD Building

Sewing Essentials

  • 3 October 2016 10am-2pm

If you’ve got a sewing project on the go then pop along for tea, chat, advice and guidance with our textile expert Emma Ronald

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£12pp per session, £40 for 4 sessions

Silversmithing at NCCD

Silversmithing evening course

  • 4 October 2016 6-9pm

Learn the basics of silversmithing in this popular workshop that teaches soldering, sawing, hammering, joining, polishing, and finishing to create your own jewellery piece

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£70pp for 3 sessions, basic materials included

Running Threads drop-in workshop (Big Draw)

  • 8 October 2016 10am-5pm

Visit Made in Sleaford, grab a sketchbook and help us create a Tapestry that depicts the industrial and contemporary heritage of Sleaford and create your own sketched print to take home.

Free, drop-in session, all ages welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

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

Special Event: Made in Sleaford

  • 8 October 2016 10am-5pm

NCCD is proud to host and partner the annual Made in Sleaford expo which celebrates the importance and value of manufacturing, design and engineering in the town.

Free, everyone welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

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

Weekend drawing masterclass with Martyn Blundell

  • 22 — 23 October 2016 10am-3pm

Sat 22 (Gallery drawing) and Sun 23 Oct (Textiles and the body)

Here & Now acts as the stimulus for this workshop where you will be guided through two days of sensitive observation and experimentation with materials to create new drawings.

materials and lunch included, 16yrs+

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£49pp per day, £85 for both days call 01529308710

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/about/#contact

Half Term - Drawing with textiles workshop

  • 24 October 2016 10am-4pm

Spend the day with Fashion and Textile Lecturer Sarah Elliott and experiment with textile techniques (snacks & drinks included)

12yrs+

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£20pp, 12yrs+ To book a place, please call 01529308710

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/about/#contact

Family learning

Half Term - Family workshop

  • 25 October 2016 10am-2pm

Explore the themes of our Here & Now exhibition through designing and making in this family workshop aimed to children, young people and families

Free, drop-in session, 5-16yrs

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Free, drop-in session, 5-16yrs

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/about/#contact

Meet the artists : Join Deirdre, Ann and Alison

  • 11 November 2016 5-7pm

Join Deirdre, Ann and Alison, from the soft engineering exhibit, for a special free preview at 5pm on Friday 11 November for a first look at the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Weaving Taking Shape

  • 12 November 2016 10am-4pm

Learn how to make a warp and set up a backstrap loom in this innovative approach to weaving. Perfect for making bracelets, table mats and wall hangings.
£37.50pp, please book, materials provided.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£37.50pp, please book, materials provided.

Website

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

Ann Richards Triple Spiral neckpiece

Soft Engineering

  • 12 November 2016 — 8 January 2017

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

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#soft-engineering

NCCD Building

Meet the Curator

  • 15 November 2016 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

shiftWorks by Seam Collective

Make a shift dress in a day with Julie Heaton

  • 19 November 2016 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!
£55pp, 14yrs +

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£55pp, 14yrs+

Website

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

Memory Threads - Dementia Friends Training

  • 21 November 2016 2-3pm

NCCD has teamed up with the Alzheimers Society to offer workshops to local Dementia carehomes and free dementia friends training to all
Free, no need to book, all ages welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, no need to book, all ages welcome

Website

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

Silversmithing

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+

Admission

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

NCCD Logo

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

Admission

Free, drop-in session

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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