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

As part of our phased re-opening, our opening hours have changed:

Mon - Closed
Tue - Closed
Wed - Closed
Thu - 10am to 4pm
Fri - 10am to 4pm
Sat - 10am to 4pm
Sun - 10am to 4pm

Please use the Eastgate Green entrance to enter NCCD.

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.
Ruth Pigott Puppets

Theatrical Property

  • 19 September 2020 — 10 January 2021 *on now

Lou Jones is a versatile designer/maker with over 20 years of experience working in theatre, television, museums, event production and community arts.
Louise has a BA in Theatre Design at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design and an MA in Scenography. She has worked extensively in repertory theatre, designing, prop making, puppet making, scenic painting and Designing large scale costumes. In line with NCCD’s new season of Stage Design, Lou will create new work for NCCD’s window collection.’
Ruth Pigott is a theatre and event artist and is also a graduate with a BA in Theatre Design. She makes puppets, props and costuming for theatre shows and outdoor events.

Ruth loves the movement and uniqueness puppets can bring, adding a spark of magic to stories and tales.

The window collection showcases some of the smaller puppets Ruth makes. Anouk Squirrel and Clarence Fox were produced for a CREATE-on project with Transported Art. Pip was created for a suitcase theatre show, ‘Pip and Pops’, and Candy Floss was made to experiment with techniques of puppet making.’

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/exhibitions/theatrical-property

StagingPlaces

Staging Places

  • 19 September 2020 — 10 January 2021 *on now

In partnership with the Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) this exhibition celebrates the diversity of performance designs made locally, nationally and internationally by designers based throughout the UK across a wide range of spaces and genres.

The exhibition shares their processes via set models, costumes, props, photos, drawings and videos and acknowledges the impact of their work on a wider sense of place-making and community.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/exhibitions/staging-places

Interactive Poetry Machine, Jo Fairfax

Jo Fairfax: Play

  • 23 January — 16 May 2021

Jo extracts current technological principles and weaves them into his projects, bringing a sense of the human touch to wonderful technology. Working as a public artist since 1995, his practice includes mechanical works, light, poetry machines, interactive film projections and interactive walls of tiles.

Play will include a new kinetic sculpture ‘Pea Run’ created specifically for The National Centre for Craft & Design. The work draws on the history of the Sleaford area and the buildings that have housed NCCD, both our current home which was once a seed warehouse, and our first home at The Pearoom in Heckington.

Jo has taken inspiration from a photograph that he found in the Lincolnshire Archives, which shows women workers at the ‘moving’ work table in the pea sorting warehouse at the Pearooms in 1950’s.

The work promises to be a mesmerising experience allowing visitors to rediscover the history of our local industry and architecture, as our building undergoes its latest transformation.

For more information about Jo Fairfax visit www.jofairfaxstudio.com

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/exhibitions/jo-fairfax-play

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.
Paper Cut Tunnel Book Workshop with Mandy Keating

Paper Cut Tunnel Book Workshop with Mandy Keating- Online Workshop

  • 19 September 2020 — 10 January 2021 *on now

Mandy Keating will take you through the processes in this online step by step workshop. Discover the exciting possibilities to design and create your own book inspired by a story or poem.

We have provided an optional craft kit to purchase, that includes:
A4 Cutting Mat
Bone Folder
Metal ruler
10 x 220gm card
Craft Knife

Cost of craft kit: £12 per kit + £2 postage UK only or free collection from NCCD.

16 yrs+, please book following the booking link on NCCD website.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£10

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/events/paper-cut-tunnel-book-workshop-with-mandy-keating

introtpropmakingwithlouisejones

Introduction to Prop Making with Lou Jones- Online Workshop

  • 20 September 2020 — 10 January 2021 *on now

Discover and learn techniques to shape moulds and paper mache casings to create a small animal trophy head.

This method can also be adapted to any 3D design.

Craft materials are provided to collect from NCCD or for a fee to cover the cost of delivery.

16yrs+, please book following the booking link on NCCD website

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£10

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/events/introduction-to-prop-making

Creative Dance for Adults with Disabilities-

Creative Dance for Adults with Disabilities- Online

  • 24 September — 31 December 2020 *on now

Sessions will champion physical activity, creativity, social inclusion, friendship, and teamwork within a safe and supportive environment. Please note, support from a guardian/support worker is advised to participate.

There will be 4 weekly creative dance sessions lasting 40 minutes each. The classes will be available via Vimeo from September for you to access in your own time. This can be done as a group in a communal area of your centre or individually at home.

As this is a funded project it is completely FREE for all. We aim to offer a fun way of exploring dance and movement whilst encouraging activity, exercise and creativity.

Who is it for:
• Those in day centres/assisted living facilities
• Individuals
• Local and Community Support Groups

For more information, please visit our website

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

FREE

Seated Dance Video Programme

Seated Dance Video Programme- Online

  • 24 September — 31 December 2020 *on now

Suitable for older adults and/or those who have restricted mobility or limited space at home. Aimed at those who have been isolated during lockdown due to ill health, age and living situation.

There will be 6 weekly seated dance sessions lasting 30 minutes each. The classes will be available via Vimeo from September for you to access in your own time. This can be done as a group in Care Home communal areas or individually at home.
As this is a funded project it is completely FREE for all. We aim to offer a fun way of exploring dance and movement whilst encouraging activity, exercise and creativity.

Who is it for:
• Care Home Residents
• Individuals at home
• Dance for Parkinson’s Groups
• Local and Community Support Groups (ie. Parkinson’s UK, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Cafes)

Please visit our website for more information

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

FREE

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/events/seated-dance-video-programme

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

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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