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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Artist in Residence: Ruth Singer

  • 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

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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.

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




01529 308710


01529 308711

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