The National Centre for Craft and Design

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




01529 308710


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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.

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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.

Lesser Known Architecture

  • 22 November 2014 — 20 March 2015 *on now

The NCCD are excited to premiere the full version of this Design Museum touring exhibition focusing on the hidden architectural gems of the UK. The British landscape is rich with forgotten architecture: extraordinary buildings, structures and ideas that helped define the landscape of their time, and the technology of the future, but which are often unknown to the general public. Lesser Known Architecture – an ongoing photographic research project by Theo Simpson – seeks to document these structures, bringing their existence (and sometimes their plight) to a wider audience and acknowledging the architects and engineers who created such incredible work.

Featuring more than 30 sites not only in the capital, but across the United Kingdom as a whole, including Lincolnshire, Lesser Known Architecture will present an architectural epitaph for a forgotten era.

Helen Pailing: Object a Day

  • 22 November 2014 — 29 March 2015 *on now

Pailing’s practice involves the transformation of everyday materials into sculptural objects, installations and interventions. The work is formed out of a playful, intuitive collaboration between maker and materials. She searches for something in an action rather than presenting a desired permanence.

Consequently, the objects created exist in a space between the made and the unmade: some are bound, restricted, fixed; others appear more precarious as though they could unwrap or unravel at any given time.

For the Window Collection Pailing presents her ‘Object a Day’ series; a large body of work made during the course of her residency with Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC).


Space Craft

  • 22 November 2014 — 20 March 2015 *on now

The second of our architecturally themed exhibitions; Space Craft,
is a Crafts Council Touring Exhibition that explores the relationship between craft making and our built environment.The exhibition brings together two disciplines, often considered as separate, and presents work by makers inspired by architecture, and architects that are deeply connected to making.

The exhibition was inspired by a 2010 Crafts magazine by architect Robin Sjoholm, which outlined frustration at how technology had transformed the process of creating buildings – decoupling design from an understanding of materiality and even physical space. He was not alone in his dissatisfaction, and recently a slew of young firms have emerged that put the physical act of making at the heart of their work; examples of which can be seen in this exhibition.
Makers have long been intrigued by architecture and space.

As Edmund de Waal once said, when a pot is thrown ‘you’re making a volume in a very short space of time; you’re creating an internal space.’ The engagement with architecture of the makers featured in this exhibition isn’t expressed in the depiction of buildings or drawing of cityscapes. Their work is architectural in an abstract sense, using materials and techniques to build form and create a sense of space.


Jane King: Incident

  • 6 December 2014 — 8 February 2015 *on now

King’s slick surfaces and bright colours bring a level of perfection not normally associated with hand-made ceramics. She seeks to combine two extremes within the same object.

When displayed, the sculptures are deliberately poised, conjuring unease and tension. King treads upon new grounds with new works which aim to play on these tensions by spilling from the plinth on to the floor. King is keen to explore and learn from constructive critique from NCCD visitors.


The Handmade Home

  • 6 December 2014 — 8 February 2015 *on now

The Northampton Guild of Designer Craftsmen team up with The Örebro Crafts Guild from Sweden to bring crafted objects back into our homes. The vitality and quality of a finely made craft object transcends fashion and style. A skilful craft worker is able to imbue even the most humble object with individuality, beauty and quality that raise it far above the merely functional.

The Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen take great pride in the practice of their craft and are committed to uphold and develop traditional skills, but above all they are dedicated to the ideas of quality – that subtle combination
of knowledge, sensitivity, creativity and fine materials which
enriches the lives of us all.