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

Open daily 10am-5pm
(10am–4pm on Bank holidays)

Our café is open 10am–4pm
(10am–2pm on Bank holidays)

We are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Admission charges

Admission free

Getting there

By Car

Lincoln, Newark, Boston and Grantham are approximately a 20–30 minute drive away. The A15 and A17 routes pass directly through Sleaford linking to the A1 within 20 minutes.

Use NG34 7DW for sat navs and follow the brown signs which are displayed on all approaches to the town.

Parking

Eastgate car park is directly adjacent to the Centre and between Monday and Saturday the first hour parking is FREE, then £1.50 for 1-3 hours and £3.50 all day. On Sunday and Bank Holiday parking is FREE. Disabled parking spaces are also available.

By Train

Sleaford is approximately 2 hours from London Kings Cross, 1 hour from Nottingham and 30 minutes from Lincoln Central. NCCD is a 5 minute walk from Sleaford train station.

By Bus

National Express coaches run a service between Sleaford and London and from other major cities and towns. Sleaford is locally serviced by Centrebus and Stagecoach.

By Air

Our nearest airports are Doncaster Robin Hood International, Humberside and East Midlands which are all less than 1 hour 30 minutes by car from NCCD.

Additional info

Accessibility & Facilities
NCCD is a fully accessible building with lift access to all floors, with accessible toilets on three floors of the building. All floors of the building are also wheelchair and buggy friendly and mobility scooters are available on request.

There is a café on the ground floor of the building serving hot and cold food and drink. Baby changing facilities are also available.

If you have any specific access questions or requirements please ask a member of staff and we will endeavour to assist in any way possible. Please contact reception in advance of your visit on 01529 308 710 or email shop@nccd.org.uk

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.
Stained glass lantern

Glassumimass

  • 10 November 2018 — 6 January 2019

In 2010, a community group based at NCCD came together to design and create three large glass lanterns inspired by the churches along the Spires & Steeples Arts & Heritage trail between Lincoln and Sleaford.

The project name comes from the words ‘glass’, ‘illumination’ and ‘mass’ inspired by the churches which inform the artwork.

The lanterns are made using kiln formed and stained glass techniques and ironwork custom-made by blacksmith Ian Caudwell from Billinghay Forge.

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Margot Charlton
Joan Dalton
Sarah Graves
Cecelia Gray Smith
Carol Hornby
Ann Hughes
Carole Oliver
Liz Pearson
Ruth Pigott
Marion Sander
David Wing
Gillian Wing

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/exhibitions/glassumimass

NEON Architectural Sculpture The Wind Catherdral

Fantastical Architecture, Art and Design NEON: In the studio

  • 21 July — 7 October 2018 *on now

This five year retrospective of NEON's artistic practice demystifies the design process behind their major projects including Pump House Pavilion, The Wind Cathedral and NEON x Seoul Shoe Street. The residency forms part of Ridges & Furrows, a project which has brought NEON to Sleaford over the past three months to look at the town’s changing built environment through creative activities and interventions.

NEON will continue their research using the exhibition as a test-bed to cultivate new ideas for NCCD and a new artwork for Sleaford, developed with the community, for the community.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/exhibitions/fantastical-architecture-art-and-design-neon-in-the-studio

handmade guitar

The Craft of Music

  • 8 September — 4 November 2018 *on now

What does a £5,000 guitar look like and what makes it worth that much? Or how were the instruments that entertained Henry 8th constructed?

Join us for Bagpipes, Crumhorns, Shawms, Lutes, Citterns, Guitars, Violins and many more instruments that you may know but can’t pronounce, lovingly made by British and local craftspeople.

Linked to this exhibition we are delighted to have talks and performances from Sonophilia Festival, Lincolnshire’s Celebration of Sound. Come and find out how craft influences the sound of music.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/exhibitions/craft-of-music

Stained glass art

Art of Glass

  • 20 October 2018 — 20 January 2019

Art of Glass presents the outstanding work of leading glass artists in Britain today. Over the last 50 years, Britain has had a significant impact on how glass is perceived as an art form. Both national and international artists have based themselves here, drawn to the teaching and world-renowned facilities the UK offers.

The National Centre for Craft & Design and National Museums Scotland have worked in partnership to bring Art of Glass to fruition and to examine the diverse work of established and emerging glass artists working in Britain today.

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Griet Beyaert & Paul Miller
Heike Brachlow
Anna Dickinson
Erin Dickson
Matt Durran
Rhian Hâf
Pinkie Maclure
Geoffrey Mann
Gayle Matthias
Helen Maurer
Harry Morgan
Jeffery Sarmiento
Karlyn Sutherland
Richard Wheater
Emma Woffenden

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/exhibitions/art-of-glass

Glass vessel.

Colour & Form

  • 10 November 2018 — 6 January 2019

This exhibition features the work of some of the most innovative and exciting designer/makers working in craft and design practice today. All exhibitors are selected members of Design-Nation and produce works for trade, retail and commission.

A true celebration of colour and form, this exhibition showcases a range of techniques and features a wide variety of functional and decorative works in glass, including vessels, tableware, sculpture, lighting and jewellery. All works are for sale making this exhibition
the perfect Christmas shopping destination!

As a leading network for the support and development of craft and design practice, Design-Nation is committed to nurturing and developing emerging talent to established and internationally known artists and designers. NCCD is proud to present Design-Nation’s first dedicated selling showcase of works in glass.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/exhibitions/clour---form

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.
MartynBlundell_life-drawing

Life Drawing with Martyn Blundell

  • 6 October 2018 10am-3pm
  • 3 November 2018 10am-3pm

Our popular, regular life–drawing class returns this season and is suitable for all abilities. Participants will learn a variety of drawing techniques, allowing you to develop your own artistic practice.

Sessions can be enjoyed as a one-off or booked consecutively for deeper learning.

paper provided, please bring your own drawing implements.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£30, 16yrs+, paper provided, please bring your own drawing implements.

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/events/life-drawing

Sarah-Elliott-Pattern-Cutting

Pattern Cutting: Trousers with Sarah Elliott

  • 29 September 2018 10am-1pm
  • 6 October 2018 10am-1pm

In this short course over four Saturday mornings you will learn how to create a trouser pattern to fit yourself. Participants will learn measuring, drafting patterns, seam allowance, toiling, pockets, fly zips, waistbands, fitting and amendments.

Participants must attend all four sessions and also expect some homework!

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£50 for all 4 sessions, 14yrs+, please book

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/events/pattern-cutting-trousers-with-sarah-elliott

SilversmithingAndrewPoole2

Silversmithing Saturday with Andrew Poole

  • 22 September 2018 10am-4pm *on now
  • 20 October 2018 10am-4pm
  • 10 November 2018 10am-4pm

You will be introduced to the basics of silversmithing and will learn soldering, sawing, hammering, joining, polishing and finishing. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on your own projects.

Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Basic materials included - Copper included, silver available to purchase on the day.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£35, 18yrs+

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/events/silversmithing-saturday

Rebecca-Pymer_Wells-Beach-hut

Colour and Perspective — Drawing Architecture Workshop with Rebecca Pymar

  • 29 September 2018 10:30am-4:30pm

Working with best-selling painter and illustrator Rebecca Pymar, this workshop will explore the techniques in her popular designs. Inspired by the colours and artworks in NEON: In the Studio and exploring the architecture of NCCD, participants will learn about perspective and colour, and how to apply different techniques to create dynamic images of the built environment.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£40, 18yrs+, please book

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/colour-and-perspective-drawing-architecture-workshop-with-rebecca-pymar-tickets-48122781535

stripped-1930’s-chairs-with-Pink-vinyl

Upholstery Evening Class with Hannah Weston Smith – Dining Chair

  • 2 October 2018 6-9pm
  • 9 October 2018 6-9pm

Building on the success of the footstool masterclass earlier this year, Hannah Weston Smith returns to demonstrate the skills and techniques needed to strip down and traditionally re-upholster a dining chair using horse hair and hessian, over two evening sessions.

You will need to bring your own chair with a drop-in seat pad and 1m of fabric to cover the seat. All other materials and tools are provided.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£75 including all materials, 18yrs+, please book

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/events/upholstery-evening-class-with-hannah-weston-smith-dining-chair

Sarah-Elliott-Pattern-Cutting

Pattern Adaption Workshop with Sarah Elliott

  • 27 October 2018 10am-4pm

For those who have a basic understanding of pattern cutting and want to broaden their skills by learning techniques to adapt the basic block into creative garments. Materials will be provided.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£30, 14yrs+, please book

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/events/pattern-adaption-workshop-with-sarah-elliott

Getting there

By Car

Lincoln, Newark, Boston and Grantham are approximately a 20–30 minute drive away. The A15 and A17 routes pass directly through Sleaford linking to the A1 within 20 minutes.

Use NG34 7DW for sat navs and follow the brown signs which are displayed on all approaches to the town.

Parking

Eastgate car park is directly adjacent to the Centre and between Monday and Saturday the first hour parking is FREE, then £1.50 for 1-3 hours and £3.50 all day. On Sunday and Bank Holiday parking is FREE. Disabled parking spaces are also available.

By Train

Sleaford is approximately 2 hours from London Kings Cross, 1 hour from Nottingham and 30 minutes from Lincoln Central. NCCD is a 5 minute walk from Sleaford train station.

By Bus

National Express coaches run a service between Sleaford and London and from other major cities and towns. Sleaford is locally serviced by Centrebus and Stagecoach.

By Air

Our nearest airports are Doncaster Robin Hood International, Humberside and East Midlands which are all less than 1 hour 30 minutes by car from NCCD.

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

Website

http://nccd.org.uk/

E-mail

shop@nccd.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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