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.
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Made in the Middle

  • 13 May — 9 July 2017 *on now

Showcasing some of the best contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands, Made in The Middle is a recurring touring exhibition featuring both recent graduates and makers with an established reputation. This exhibition offers an insight into the skill, creativity and innovative practice within our region.

Selected by an expert panel through open entry, the exhibition reflects the latest developments and trends in craft. The eighth in the series, the show will explore the value of craft both economically and socially. Presenting ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and textiles; the exhibition provides a great opportunity to purchase and commission work from some of the best makers in the region.

As part of Craftspace􀍛s 30th anniversary programme, Made in The Middle is a partnership between Craftspace and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, in collaboration with The National Centre for Craft & Design.

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Aimee Bollu
Aneta Brudokowska
Anna Lorenz
Chloè Smith
Clare Pentlow
Clare Wilson
Dauvit Alexander
Emily-Kriste Wilcox
Hayley Beckley
Interlace: Bethany Walker and Ruth Singer
Jane Littlefield
Jennifer Collier
John Grayson
Karina Thompson
Kate Mead
Kay & Cynthia Williamson
Libby Ward
Melanie Tomlinson
Michala Gyetvai
Rachel Butlin
Rachel Carter
Rajesh Gogna
Robyn Smith
Sally Collins
Sandra Owens
Spencer Jenkins
Sue Dyer
Theo Wright
Tim Boswell
Vicky Shaw
Zoë Hillyard
Zoe Robertson

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#made-in-the-middle-contemporary-craft-from-the-midlands

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Hannah Tounsend

  • 20 May — 25 June 2017 *on now

Hannah Tounsend was selected by our sister organisation Design-Nation as the winner of One Year On at New Designers 2016.

A ceramicist and printmaker based in Chichester, Hannah's ceramic vessel pieces are formed using a hybrid making technique of slip-casting and throwing. Hannah said, "Winning this award greatly raised my profile and gave me the opportunity to work towards the challenge of creating this solo exhibition".

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#hannah-tounsend

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Made in the East Midlands: The Collectors

  • 20 May — 25 June 2017 *on now

This year our annual showcase Made in the East Midlands celebrates four regional ceramic artists.
Following a six-month collaboration with NCCD and Design Factory, The Collectors present a new body of work specially commissioned for this exhibition. Each featured maker is a collector in one way or another and this emotionally charged exhibition will let you explore an artists' love of collecting and where it leads them. A fantasy dinner set, a coral garden, a nest of bones or an assemblage of ceramics vessels. What might you collect from this show?

Continuing NCCD's goal to be a more inclusive venue for those with a visual impairment, this exhibition will include a selection of objects that visitors can handle.

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Ann Povey
Jennie McCall
Paula Briggs
Kathryn Parsons

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#made-in-the-east-midlands-the-collectors

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Printers Inc. Ovals and Circles

  • 8 July — 3 September 2017

Ovals and Circles is a response by local group Printers Inc. to Jane Perryman’s exhibition Containing Time. Printers Inc. is a print group based at NCCD that specialise in Intaglio printing. The group has been thriving for four years and comprises 16 artist members.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

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Kate Bajic: Practice : Develop, Develop : Practice

  • 8 July — 3 September 2017

British jeweller Kate Bajic graduated from Loughborough University in 2003. Living and working in a rural village in the East Midlands, Kate uses the countryside around her as inspiration for her beautiful contemporary jewellery.

For her showcase at NCCD Kate has chosen to display two separate strands of her creative practice; development work from a year-long residency at the University of Lincoln's Maker Lab, and selected finished pieces from her present jewellery collection.

The intention is to show the diversity of approach, and how research and experimentation has fed into her jewellery practice.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#kate-bajic-practice-develop-develop-practice

row of bowls

Jane Perryman: Containing Time

  • 8 July — 3 September 2017

Spanning a year in the form of a weekly diary, Containing Time examines interlocking themes of materials, environment, time and journeys through an exploration of a spontaneously and randomly found material.

Containing Time comprises of frottages (pencil rubbings) and photographs of found objects which later become the artist's material, poems describing the artist's initial moment of finding the material and 52 ceramic bowls created from clay mixed with the found material.

Exhibition Opening Event
Sat 8 Jul, 11am - 2pm
Join artist Jane Perryman for the opening of her new exhibition Containing Time
Free, everyone welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#jane-perryman-containing-time

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The World is Your Dressing Up Box

  • 22 July — 8 October 2017

Exploring costume design, fashion design, millinery, jewellery and shoes, The World is Your Dressing Up Box will transform our gallery into a space where extravagant opulence is celebrated. The exhibition will provide an interplay between the pieces that one can only stand back and admire and the ones that you can try on.

Artists featured will include powerhouses of fashion, trailblazing graduates in fashion and costume design, jewellers who are creating must-have pieces for everyone’s dressing up box and extravagant milliners and footwear designers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#the-world-is-your-dressing-up-box

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.
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Limestone Sculpture Carving with James Sutton

  • 3 June 2017 10am-4pm
  • 10 June 2017 10am-4pm
  • 17 June 2017 10am-4pm

In this introductory course you will design and create your own sculpture to take home. Please wear old clothes and expect a challenge!

Day 1 – Tools, techniques, creating different surface finishes and design.
Day 2 – Carving your stone and creating form.
Day 3 - Perfecting your sculpture, adding detail, surface pattern and polishing.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£180 for 3-day course, 16yrs+, materials included, please book.

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#limestone-sculpture-carving-with-james-sutton

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Life Drawing with Ewa Szypula

  • 3 June 2017 10am-3pm
  • 1 July 2017 10am-3pm
  • 5 August 2017 10am-3pm

Ewa teaches a variety of drawing techniques, allowing you to develop your own artistic practice and style.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Sessions can be enjoyed as a one-off or taken consecutively.

£30, 16yrs+, basic materials provided, please book

01529 308710

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#life-drawing-with-ewa-szypula-2

More 2 LOV & NCCD – Young People’s Outreach Day

  • 10 June 2017 10am-4pm

Boston Road Recreation Ground, Sleaford

Join us for a day of creativity! Zest Theatre will be showing their new production. Created for public spaces and influenced by video games and reality TV, 'First Person' is a quirky fusion of fast paced narrative, physical theatre and silent disco technology.

Grab your headphones, predict your winner and cheer them on to the finish line. NCCD and Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) will also be delivering a range of creative activities. Come and fall in LOV with your local arts venue!

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

Boston Road Recreation Ground
Boston Road
Sleaford
Lincolnshire
NG34 7HH
England

Additional info

public toilet

Admission

Free, 12-25yrs

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#more-2-lov-nccd-young-peoples-outreach-day

shift dresses

Pattern Cutting: Make a Shift Dress in a Day!

  • 15 July 2017 10am-4pm

Interested in making your own clothes or want to learn to follow a pattern? In this fast paced one day workshop by Julie Heaton you will make your very own swinging shift dress! Ideal for making a special wedding outfit or summer holiday dress. Bring your own fabric and sewing machine (if you have one).

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£55, 14yrs+, please book

01529 308710

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#pattern-cutting-make-a-shift-dress-in-a-day

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Make a shift dress in a day with Julie Heaton

  • 15 July 2017 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! Bring your own fabric and sewing machine (if you have one). Suitable for beginners and intermediates.

£55pp, 14yrs +

Admission

£55pp, 14yrs+

Website

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

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Family Workshops – Awesome Apparel

  • 25 July 2017 10am-2pm
  • 1 August 2017 10am-2pm
  • 8 August 2017 10am-2pm
  • 15 August 2017 10am-2pm
  • 22 August 2017 10am-2pm
  • 29 August 2017 10am-2pm

During the holidays tots, older children and families can explore and respond to the themes of our exhibition through designing and making. This summer holiday we will be making awesome apparel:

25 Jul - Marvellous Millinery
1 Aug – Statement Shoes
8 Aug – Glowing Gear
15 Aug - Wonderful Wigs
22 Aug - Character Costumes
29 Aug - Printed Pattern
Free, drop-in session, everyone welcome

Arts Award

We are offering a fabulous opportunity for children to do their Discover and Explore Arts Award during these sessions. If you are interested in a place, please email learning@nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk for more information. Places will be on a first-come-first-served based!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#family-workshops-awesome-apparel

Paper art

Summer Sessions

  • 31 July 2017 10am-4pm
  • 7 August 2017 10am-4pm
  • 21 August 2017 10am-4pm

This summer we have an inspiring series of fun, exploratory creative sessions for young people to work with and learn from professional artists. Each session will begin with the artist talking about their career and throughout the course of the day you can ask questions and find out more about working in the creative arts.

Metalsmithing with Hayley Beckley

Mon 31 Jul, 10am-4pm
Applied artist and costumier Hayley Beckley will introduce you to metalsmithing and its potential applications. Mark-make on metal with hammers, drills, piercing saws and heat to texture and shape it.

Paper Cutting & Manipulation with Clare Pentlow

Mon 7 Aug, 10am-4pm
Explore and discover how versatile paper is as a design material through cutting and folding, manipulation and forms.

State & Style with Beth Lambert

Mon 21 Aug, 10am-4pm
Fashion is a mode of self-expression. In an ever-changing political era explore how politics influences craft and use the exhibits from The World is your Dressing Up Box to explore the issues that you care about. This is a @Craftivist workshop, join the online conversation #crafterthoughts.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£25 per session, 12-25yrs, bring your own lunch or enjoy 10% off in our café, snacks and cold drinks included, please book

01529 308710

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#summer-sessions

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Shakaila Forbes-Bell founder of ‘Psychology of Fashion’ Blog Talk

  • 14 August 2017 1-2pm

With social media increasingly overpopulated it’s easy to suffer from the Chameleon Effect: sounding and looking like everyone else! Find out from a PR and Marketing Director what brands look for when partnering with influential bloggers & vloggers and how to utilise psychological tools to maintain your authentic identity and stand out from the online crowd.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12pp, £10 for under 25’s, everyone welcome, please book

01529 308710

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#shakaila-forbes-bell-founder-of-psychology-of-fashion-blog-talk

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Dress Up Drawing

  • 7 October 2017 10am-3pm

Come and try your hand at fashion illustration and let Martyn Blundell guide you through this fun take on Life Drawing. Inspired by The World is Your Dressing Up Box, life model Julie will dress up in a range of outfits and strike poses for you to draw within the main gallery exhibition.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£30, 16yrs+, Basic materials included, please book

01529 308710

Website

http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/whatson/#dress-up-drawing

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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