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.

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.
Porcelain alphabet, sculpture

Exhihibition: Anton Alvarez Alphabet Aerobics

  • 19 March — 5 June 2016 *on now

Following his Masters at the Royal College of Art, London, Alvarez dedicated three years to one project The Thread Wrapping Machine but in 2015 he embarked on a new ceramics project. Alvarez has embraced the challenge of designing an autonomous manufacturing system that goes one step further than The Thread Wrapping Machine by removing the artist from the making process entirely; liberating him and questioning the role of maker, artist and curator.

The exhibition provides visitors with a unique opportunity to witness ground-breaking innovations in craft and design. Pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a sculptor, Alvarez's machine will make a sculpture a day in the gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Photo shows the work by jennie Parry called organic growth, with includes hanging paper weaved into patterns

Paper : Beyond the Fold

  • 14 May — 26 June 2016

The exhibit presents a wide selection or artists, makers and designers who work with paper. This includes the use of paper pulp, paper ceramics, paper weaving, cut paper hangings and paper pulp based electronics.

The exhibit includes the work of the following artists:
Debbie Wijskamp, Rebecca Wilson, Sue Shields, Marcelo Coelho studio, Mayumi Kaneko, Jennie Parry, Hannah Lobley (from Design factory) and Rachel Lovatt ( from Design Factory).

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.
Felt Making

Evening Classes: Feltmaking with Laura Mabbutt

  • 10 May 2016 6-8:30pm

introduction to wet feltmaking. Suitable for beginners, the sessions will start with simple, flat felt pictures using a variety of coloured wools and other natural fibres before moving on to explore seamless hollow forms such as a bag or vase, exploring various techniques throughout the sessions. There will also be time to discuss or work on specific techniques that you wish to explore.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


£60 for 4 sessions, basic materials included. Please book



Evening Classes: Silversmithing with Andrew Poole

  • 10 May 2016 6-9pm

Learn the basic techniques such as soldering, sawing, hammering, joining, polishing and finishing. The group will start with a basic project to learn the necessary skills and then have opportunity to develop their own design ideas with Andrew.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


£80 for 4 sessions, Basic materials included and precious metals available to buy in the sessions. Please book.


Photo shows examples of the various embroidered book covers from famous classic novels.

A good read by the Sleaford Embroiderers

  • 30 April — 8 May 2016 *on now

The exhibit will include their recent book cover project featuring beautifully embroidered book covers from famous classic novels.The exhibit will be featured in our roof gallery, and during the week members from the group will be found in our 4th floor spaces, running interactive activities and demonstrations of various textile techniques for visitors.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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




01529 308710


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.