The National Centre for Craft & Design
The National Centre for Craft & Design sits at the heart of the market town of Sleaford in Lincolnshire in the beautiful riverside setting of Navigation Wharf. It is a world class venue, the largest in England, entirely dedicated to the exhibition, celebration and promotion of international and national craft and design.
The Centre boasts four exciting gallery spaces producing a highly respected seasonal exhibitions programme of the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists practising within the craft and design arena today.
Tailored around each exhibition there’s something for everyone to learn and enjoy through a lively public programme of talks, workshops, conferences, clubs, groups, activities, lectures, seminars, screenings, short-courses, and public demonstration days.
Our very tempting Shop sells an inspirational collection of contemporary craft and design products to suit all pockets and our delectable Riverside café is a popular haven for local families and business people seeking a creative respite.
Enjoy the NCCD for FREE
There are plenty of things to see, experience and learn for FREE at the National Centre for Craft & Design. Here are a pick of our favourites:
look.learn gallery trail
Our gallery trails have been specially designed to spark your imagination, encourage new ways of looking and to increase your knowledge and understanding of contemporary craft and design. Pick one up from reception and see what you can learn.
Our Explorer Backpacks have been specially created with under 5’s in mind to help you and your little ones explore and investigate the gallery as a family. Pick one up from reception and see what you can discover.
Bags of inspiration
Designer/makers regularly visit museums and galleries to gather bags of inspiration, so why don’t you? Pick up a template during your visit and use this to record ideas, drawings and observations before transforming it into a funky bag.
We work closely with the NCCD curatorial team to ensure we make exhibitions as interactive as possible. This season you will have the opportunity to contribute to a growing geometric quilt, develop your ceramic skills with an open studio and get hands on with real objects.
Join one of our friendly and knowledgeable gallery assistants for a 30 minute walk and talk tour of our Main Gallery exhibition every Friday and Saturday at 12 midday.
See our special events page for more information
Tel: 01529 308710
The nearest car park is Eastgate car park. Disabled spaces available and the building is accessible to all. For sat navs use NG34 7DW
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