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.
jahday ford

Class of 2017

  • 13 January — 11 March 2018 *on now

As the new year dawns, it brings new opportunity and fresh ideas and we are proud to exhibit some of the UK’s most promising young designers. Class of 2017, showcases the best graduate talent from Britain’s leading institutions for craft and design. This year’s graduates have shown immense ability and passion in their respective fields, resulting in work that is well conceived and executed, ready for industry and art gallery alike. Join us in this celebration of new talent, trend-setting colours, striking forms, and delicate details in ceramics, glass, textiles and more!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free of charge, open to all. Bank holiday hours vary, please check in advance to avoid disappointment

winter and kurth

One Year On: Winter & Kurth and Stephanie Holt

  • 13 January — 11 March 2018 *on now

Selected as the standout talent at New Designers, our sister organisation Design-Nation have awarded their annual One Year On prize to design studio Winter & Kurth and contemporary jeweller Stephanie Holt.

We’re delighted to welcome these two emerging talents to exhibit with us in the new year, as an opportunity for NCCD to showcase two rising stars in the world of craft and design.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, everyone welcome. Bank holiday hours vary, please check in advance to avoid disappointment

Red Upholstered Chair

Second Sitters Upholstery: Evolution to Revolution

  • 26 January — 15 April 2018 *on now

Generously supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the exhibition features work from UK based upholsterers who are redefining the traditional preconceived role of the upholsterer, combining traditional craft skills with contemporary thinking.

Taking the form of a physical timeline the exhibition maps the changes and developments within the craft to include techniques, materials and upholsterer’s stories. The works included are multidisciplinary; furniture, photography, film and are used to explore activism, social commentary, materiality and the throwaway culture.

Featured upholsterers include:

Jude Dennis, Hannah Stanton, Polly Granville, Miss Pokeno, Electra Read-Dagg, Mick Sheridan, Rachael South & Michael Brown, Alex Law, Vanessa Butt, Josie Ainscough, Sonia White (White Bespoke), Pia St. John, Bettina Langlois (Bette Noire), David Heke, Anita Vozic and Eleanor Bemand

Second Sitters is Hannah Stanton and Jude Dennis, both practising upholsterers. Together they promote independent UK and international upholsterers through publications, exhibitions, collaborative working and education days.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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




01529 308710


01529 308711

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