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 five 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.
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Lincolnshire One Venues is a network of arts venues across the county who are working together to bring the people of Lincolnshire the very best in arts & culture. 

Everyday, 10am—5pm

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.


Explorer Packs

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.


Gallery tours

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

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