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.
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Barrie Tullett: The Typographic Dante

  • 6 July — 13 October 2019 *on now

Tullett has created 100 typographic illustrations, each of which responds to a canto of Dante’s unfolding narrative, giving an opportunity to experience the whole journey of the Divine Comedy in one visual experience. Each work was made using a different ‘obsolete’ technology: wood and metal type, a typewriter and Letraset.

The Divine Comedy is a poem by Dante Alighieri. Written between 1308 and 1320, it describes Dante’s journey, led by Virgil, through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, and, at a deeper level, represents the soul’s journey towards God.

Barrie Tullett is Programme Leader for Graphic Design at the University of Lincoln and is the author of Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology (Laurence King Publishing, 2014).

Suitable for

  • Any age
Child drawing. Artist stitching stool, artist hammering.

Hatch '19

  • 20 July — 22 September 2019 *on now

Hatch '19 is a summer art school for all; a chance to learn about different creative experiences and skills across a wide range of art forms from craft and design to music and dance.

Experiment with materials and movement and be ready to embrace the unexpected; hatch new ideas; see the beauty in making mistakes; and most of all have fun!

Our gallery will be transformed in to a making space with weekly artists in residence. Look out for our lively programme of workshops, talks, drop in activities and demonstrations too.

Visitors can also find out about what it takes to become a designer or maker in our zone charting the fascinating journeys and different career pathways of some of Britain's talented artists and designers.

Who knew Art School could be so much fun!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/exhibitions/hatch-19

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Hatch ‘19 Artists in Residence

  • 2 August — 22 September 2019 *on now

Sat 20 Jul - Sun 22 Sep
Free, everyone welcome

Richard Knight
Fri 2 Aug – Sun 4 Aug
Writer and sound artist Richard will help visitors record a script and sound piece inspired by Lincolnshire history & stories.

Kate McBride
Mon 5 Aug – Sun 11 Aug
Meet our resident local ceramicist and decorate a unique 3D flower to add to a new large porcelain vase.

Charlie Birtles
Mon 12 Aug – Sun 18 Aug
Charlie will explore new thatching techniques for a large site-specific sculpture using materials linked to NCCD.

Alison Walling
Mon 19 Aug – Wed 21 Aug
Alison will use new weaving techniques to create seed forms using willow and Lincolnshire plants as inspiration.

Nicki Jarvis
Thu 22 Aug – Wed 28 Aug
Have a go at traditional quilt making and create a patch to add to a new large-scale patchwork.

Marion Sander
Thu 29 - Fri 30 Aug
Join Marion for two days of creative activities.

The Pattern Gallery
Sat 31 Aug – Sun 1 Sep
The Pattern Gallery will share their fashion illustration skills to create a range of designs using novel techniques.

Ruth Pigott
Mon 2 Sep – Fri 6 Sep
Artist and theatre designer Ruth will create paper flowers in memory of lost friends, forming a large remembrance archway.

Open Studios
Sat 7 - Sat 21 Sep
Come and meet some of our local artists and arts groups.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/events/hatch-19-artists-in-residence

UniversityofLincoln

University of Lincoln: Book Arts from the School of Design

  • 14 September — 13 October 2019 *on now

First and second year students from the School of Design, University of Lincoln have been busy designing, printing and creating handmade books.

Taking a chapter from Flatlands (a novella about a two dimensional world, first published in 1884) and other texts as starting points, 1st and 2nd year students from the University of Lincoln School of Design have created playful and experimental books in different formats including, concertina; pamphlet; and glue bindings.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Jerwood Makers Open 2019

  • 5 October 2019 — 19 January 2020

This exhibition showcases new works and installations in textiles, ceramics, wood and metal, by five contemporary artists. The artists were selected from over 300 applicants in response to a national call for proposals from Uk-based makers and collaborators.

The award and exhibition, which will tour to venues throughout the UK, feely allows makers to develop their creative ideas, constituting a fresh and exciting direction in their work. Each artist has received a bursary to support experimentation and the making of new work for this exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/exhibitions/jerwood-makers-open-2019

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Design-Nation Picks

  • 19 October 2019 — 5 January 2020

Championing new and emerging talent is at the heart of Design-Nation’s work and each year the organisation co-judges the One Year In Development Award at New Designers, the UK’s leading graduate design show.

This exhibition features the two 2019 winners, plus an emerging furniture maker selected for a new award at The Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design exhibition in Cheltenham.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Porcelace

PorceLace: A Special Installation for Pattern & Sequence

  • 19 October 2019 — 5 January 2020

In conjunction with Pattern & Sequence, Design-Nation presents PorceLace, a collaborative project between members Jayne Childs and Samantha Robinson. Their collection of lighting installations plays with repeated pattern in motif and layout and includes elements which are available to purchase.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/exhibitions/porcelace-a-special-installation-for-pattern-sequence

MoonJarsHeidiHarrington

Patterns & Sequence: A Selling Showcase from Design-Nation

  • 19 October 2019 — 5 January 2020

Following the success of last autumn’s Colour & Form glass exhibition, Design-Nation is delighted to return to NCCD with a new selling showcase of beautiful work drawn from their portfolio of over 200 UK designer-makers.

This year the theme is Pattern & Sequence, and includes ceramics and mosaic, jewellery and metalwork, paper and wire, rugs, wallpaper and textiles for interiors. All work is available to buy and commission, making this the perfect pre-Christmas shopping experience.

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.
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Lincoln College: Extended Fashion Diploma

  • 14 September — 13 October 2019 *on now

This exhibition presents a selection of Final Major Projects from students on the UAL Level 3 Extend Fashion Diploma a Lincoln College. Students worked to different themes including; Environment, Encounters, Experience, Peculiar, Provoke and Protect.

The course provides the opportunity to discover and develop a range of skills associated with fashion, including Illustration, garment design, pattern cutting, garment construction, surface decoration and garment styling for fashion photography. Students are encouraged to investigate experimental styles as well as consider commercial design. The course prepares students for further study or for self-employment as a creative practitioner.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Resident History of Art Specialist

  • 19 September 2019 10am-5pm *on now

Meet art historian Ben Stoker to learn more about the stories behind great art and artistic movements.

Free, drop-in session

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/events/hatch-19-creative-futures-5

linoprint

Lino Printing Workshop

  • 21 September 2019 11am-4pm

Learn the basic skills of lino printing and create prints using your own unique designs.

16yrs+, all materials provided, suitable for all abilities

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£32

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/events/lino-printing-workshop-3

barrietullett

Artist Talk with Barrie Tullett

  • 12 October 2019 10:30-11:30am

Exhibiting artist Barrie Tullett will discuss his work and provide an insight into how he constructs his ideas and their meanings.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/events/artist-talk-with-barrie-tullett

katielowe

Slip Casting with Katie Lowe

  • 19 October 2019 10:30am-4pm
  • 2 November 2019 10:30am-1:30pm

Over this 1.5 day course, you will learn slip-casting methods to make and design your own uniquely decorated cylinder vase using embellishment techniques and glazes.

18yrs+, all materials provided

Please book
01529 308 710
shop@nccd.org.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£50

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/events/slip-casting-with-katie-lowe

Octoberhalfterm

October Half Term Workshop

  • 22 October 2019 10am-2pm

The whole family can join us to create your very own artworks inspired by our Jerwood Makers Open exhibition.

Drop in workshop, all children must be accompanied

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2 per child

Linoprinting

Lino Printing Workshop - Christmas Cards

  • 16 November 2019 11am-3pm

Create your own set of 10 Christmas cards using lino print and collage. Participants will learn the basic print making techniques, following their own design.

16yrs+, all materials provided, suitable for all abilities

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£32

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/events/lino-printing-workshop-christmas-cards

Angieparker

Weaving workshop with Angie Parker

  • 24 November 2019 10:30am-4:30pm

Explore colour, texture and pattern under the guidance of weaver Angie Parker. Learn how to set up and weave a scarf or wall hanging on a back strap heddle loom.

16yrs+, all materials provided

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£45

Website

https://nccd.org.uk/events/weaving-workshop-with-angie-parker

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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