NCCD is seeking artist facilitators to propose unique and exciting curriculum based workshops that complement our forthcoming exhibition 3D Printing: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful.
The exhibition runs from 28 Jan – 23 April 2017. Our education programme will be promoted to schools and colleges prior to the exhibition opening with the aim of securing bookings for workshops throughout the exhibition period. We also offer CPD evening for teachers.
Proposals should clearly show how the workshop will complement the exhibition and enrich our learning offer for pupils and teachers.
Application forms can be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by hard copy to:
National Centre for Craft & Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, NG34 7TW.
The deadline for all proposals is 5pm on Mon 12 September 2016. Applications received after this time will not be accepted.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries or questions, either by email or phone: email@example.com 01529 308718
Please download the information pack and application form below:
An exciting opportunity have arisen to join our team. We are looking for bright individuals with a genuine enthusiasm for arts and culture, to join our exhibition team and support our exhibitions programme and its increasing activity. Exhibiting work of an international standard, we present up to 20 exhibitions a year and have a national touring programme as part of our portfolio of activity.
Meets National Minimum Wage
22.5 hours/3 days per week (including weekends)
The post of Gallery Assistant will suit those hoping to start their career in the gallery/museum sector. It will provide a broad overview of working within a contemporary exhibition venue and has a key focus on customer service and the successful applicant will become part of our front of house team.
If you are passionate about craft, design and the arts, and would relish the opportunity to enrich the service of a cultural venue, we want to hear from you.
Deadline for applications is 12noon, Mon 29 Aug 2016.
Lincolnshire Young Designer of the Year returned for a second year to celebrate the creative talent of young people across Lincolnshire. Founded by St George’s Academy and The National Centre for Craft & Design, Lincolnshire Young Designer of the Year requires students to present a strong design product which best shows their creativity, independent thinking and most innovative, high quality concepts and designs.
The competition was open from February – May 2016 to young people across Lincolnshire in KS2 – KS5. We received over 90 applications from 9 schools showing different disciplines in design technology. Shortlisting took place in May with an independent judging panel and 35 entries were selected to exhibit in our Roof Gallery and be with in a chance to win the awards.
Along with the coveted title of Lincolnshire Young Designer of the Year 2016, four awards are presented each year for innovation; artistic excellence; exceptional research and development; and most inspirational concept.
This year’s exhibition was kindly supported by Grantham-based QFC and Cathodic Protection Co. Ltd. CPCL Managing Director Rob Holden and Technical Manager Marcus Hardy were highly impressed with the standard of the students projects, commenting “Not only did many of the design elements of the products on display really stand out, but the quality of the workmanship was astounding”.
“Cathodic Protection Co Ltd prides itself in the quality of the design of its products, and we were delighted to support an event which showcases the incredible talent we have among young people in Lincolnshire.”
Anna Sippel, QFC’s Marketing Assistant enjoyed the awards evening on Fri 1 Jul, “it was a great event and amazing to see so many talented designs. We are looking forward to having Oliver here for the day.” Oliver has been offered work experience with QFC for a closer insight into the manufacturing industry.
We wish to formerly announce the winners:
Lincolnshire Young Designer of the Year 2016 award winner
OLIVER MEANS, The Priory Academy LSST, Lincoln
KS5 Project: Russian Birch rocking chair
Judges’ praised Oliver as the well-deserved outright winner for his beautifully designed and manufactured rocking chair. Oliver is soon to be starting a Product Design degree at University and we asked for a statement as the LYDOTY2016 winner:
“Having the chance to show work in the NCCD really was a great experience. After many months of physically demanding and creatively challenging work it all paid off! Having pushed myself out of my comfort zone with the size of the piece and the style that the chair took on, it was no easy ride from beginning to end. Quickly I learnt that structurally some of the more “quirky” ideas were not viable; thus giving me a the challenge of making a rocking chair that really stands out but is structurally sound. This being said though it was never difficult to find motivation to get the job done! I am off to university to study Product Design and hopefully chase a career being a professional designer. The award of Lincolnshire Young Designer 2016 is a great privilege and has fuelled my drive to continue to design and build more things even before my career has begun.”
Artistic Excellence award winner
AMY PHILLIPS, Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy
KS4 Project: Recycled party dress
Amy designed her dress experimenting with the fashion style ‘shabby chic’ and using a range of materials, including second-hand and recycled materials. The judges were impressed with Amy’s consideration for sustainability in the fashion industry with recycling existing materials and also found her execution very strong.
Innovation Award winner
JACK BOND, The Priory Academy LSST, Lincoln
KS 5 Project: Downhill racer
Jack’s design for a contemporary downhill racer was a favourite with the judges as his research and knowledge of the market showed great understanding. His downhill racer has improved level of control and adrenalin, utilising both the ability to steer and tilt under the racer’s bodyweight. The judges praised elements of the design which would optimise the racers function and success, particularly the suspension system.
Exceptional Research and Development award winner
OLIVIA ABLETT, Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Gainsborough
KS 5 Project: Makeup set
The judges expressed how Olivia’s makeup set was very expertly researched for her target audience. Olivia demonstrated thorough research into what a beginners’ guide could and should consist of, with a strong design for the packaging and guide. With the careful consideration of teenagers, the judges felt the product and its aesthetics would fit very well into the cosmetic industry.
Most inspirational concept award winner
GEORGINA GLITHERO, Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, Lincoln
KS5 Project: Elephant clock
Georgina’s spin on a grandfather’s clock shows perfect functionality for a waiting room/area and its users. Inspired by a plain counselling service waiting area, Georgina wanted to create more than just a clock for patients to use and has created a product with multiple functions. The judges commented how the product is cheerful and accessible to all, serving as storage for books, magazines and items of clothing, showing consideration for what a user may need.
A big congratulations to the winners and to each exhibitor as there were such strong contenders throughout; we wish you all well in your creative endeavours. We would also like to thank all the students, schools and partners involved with this year’s competition.
Here some some visitor comments of the exhibition from Sat 2- Sun 3 Jul:
“an inspiring exhibition of emerging talent, which gives some hope for our future after a difficult week in politics!”
“fantastic ideas – I cannot imagine being able to think of things to make let alone make them”
“wonderful exhibition – inspiring ideas”
“amazing well-thought out designs.”
“Feels like hope for the future some of it, doesn’t it?”
“Some very very talented young people out there. Let’s hope they all go on to do great things. We especially like the pleated costume.”
“Fantastic stuff. Some keen woodworkers around.”
“What a lovely way to inspire children’s creativity.”
Lincolnshire Young Designer of the Year will be open again next year so if you are aged 19 or under/a parent/a teacher, keep an eye out for when we open the competition to prepare your applications (February 2017). We are looking forward to showcasing another exhibition of the great potential of young designers in Lincolnshire!
NCCD’s annual showcase of contemporary, innovative craft and design from the East Midlands will be returning in 20 May – 25 June 2017 as an open call to artists.
‘Made in the East Midlands’ demonstrates the best in craft and design from the East Midlands. NCCD looks to continue to exhibit the work of both emerging and wellestablished artists from, or working in, this vibrant area of the UK.
In the past two years NCCD has produced exciting shows which challenge the traditional boundaries of craft and design and celebrate the skill of local makers. In 2016, NCCD opened Made in the East Midlands as a selling show, featuring 26 artists from all disciplines. The exhibition gave visitors the opportunity to take home a piece of contemporary craft at a reasonable price.
NCCD is looking for applicants who have a range of commercial contemporary craft and design products / artworks. We welcome submissions from a broad range of disciplines including Ceramics, Glass, Textiles, Jewellery and Print work. We will not accept photography, drawing, painting or any other fine art specialisms.
How to apply:
Please send the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org before 12 noon on Monday 3rd October 2016. Submissions after this deadline will not be accepted.
• Artist Statement
• Information regarding the work which you would like to put forward for the exhibition. Please include what the work is made from, size, any special requirements needed to exibit the piece e.g. an electrical outlet.
• Indication of retail prices.
•A selection of images.
• Contact details including a website address and/or any social media platforms.
Terms and Conditions:
• Exhibitors must be 18 or over and have a professional career as an artist practitioner.
• The work submitted must not have been previously exhibited at NCCD.
• All works must be available for sale during the exhibition.
• Works should not retail higher than £200 (NCCD takes 50% commission on all sales).
• Works for the exhibition will be selected by NCCD.
• If selected exhibitors are responsible for arranging the delivery of work to NCCD.
Call out for performers
Congregation, June 17th, The National Centre for Craft and Design
At the opening of our Cause & Effect Exhibition on Fri 17 Jun, Congregation – a special performance developed in collaboration with artist Sam Metz will take place. We are looking for individuals who would like to take part in a series of workshops and the final performance.
The Congregation workshops are free to join and are open to anyone over the age of 18. No performance training is needed to participate, although we would also like to work with dancers and performers.
During our movement workshops you will be invited to workshop ideas around the idea of ‘giving presence’ and what that might mean through physicality. The piece will last for 1 hour, so performers should be prepared for durational work (although the piece will not be at high energy for the entirety of the piece).
The workshops will inform the performance’s rehearsals and a performance at The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford on the 17th of June to coincide with the Private View of Cause & Effect, which you will be a part of. All individuals will contribute something different and exciting to the piece.
If you would like to participate please send an email suggesting why you might be interested in the idea of ‘giving presence’ in a congregation movement piece (no more than 250 words) – to email@example.com
We will read your statement of interest and if appropriate suggest some rehearsal dates. Rehearsals will be held in Nottingham, Leicester and Sleaford during May and June – attendance will depend on your location and availability and some travel costs may be covered.
Availability: You must be available from Mon 23rd May – Fri 17th June (evening event).
Deadline: Please send your statement by 12 noon on Fri 20th May.
Alphabet Aerobics is now open!
International artist, Anton Alvarez, recently installed his new machine in our Main Gallery, transforming it into a working ceramics factory. Without any intervention from the artist, the Alphabet Aerobics machine will extrude clay through letter templates that Alvarez has designed to form unique sculptures.
The exhibition space will change throughout the show, growing as more clay sculptures are produced. The gallery space is open 10am to 5pm daily and the machine will be in action three times a day, producing a sculpture at 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm.
*Date for your diary* Look out for the closing party for Alphabet Aerobics on Sat 28 May. More details to follow!
Our Activity Zone has also been transformed into an Art Factory!
Younger visitors can join our production line and help create new artworks and warning signs to keep it a safe, creative space. You can also be inspired by Anton’s alphabet and mould, cut and design your own letters out of salt dough.
CraftNet networking event for East & West Midlands
Wed 23 Mar, 1-4.30pm Birmingham City University
‘CraftNet, the national craft leadership network in partnership with the Crafts Council and Birmingham City University invites you to have your say in a Craft Network for the East and West Midlands’
CraftNet invites anyone with a professional interest in craft to discuss contemporary craft in the midlands. The key areas up for discussions are:
This event is free but please register to attend.
Anton Alvarez – Alphabet Aerobics
This March, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Swedish-Chilean artist, Anton Alvarez to NCCD. Alphabet Aerobics will be opening on Sat 19 March and Alvarez will be at NCCD for a one-off ‘Meet the Artist’ event from 11am.
This new project will take his previous Thread Wrapping Machine work to a new level, removing artistic intervention in the making process with the development of a new machine especially for NCCD, turning the exhibition space into a working factory.
Alvarez’s work traditionally focuses on the creation of systems, tools and processes for producing objects. Alphabet Aerobics builds upon the artists’ previous work and attempts to re-define the method of making and question the role of the artist in the creative process.
Traditionally associated with furniture, Alvarez will use clay as his medium for the first time. The Alphabet Aerobics machine will make ceramic sculptures with no intervention from the Artist and sees the exhibition space constantly changing and evolving. Viewers will see the daily creation a new sculpture, each unique in form, size and aesthetic. Clay is extruded by the machine through the shape of letters that Alvarez has designed to create an alphabet of works.
The exhibition will challenge the viewer’s preconceptions of making, ceramics, craft and design by treading the line of conceptual art and craft. The installation will offer an exciting and unique opportunity to witness the creation and exhibition of works at the same time.
Special Events during the exhibition:
Meet the Artist, Sat 19 Mar 11am
Visitors can learn more about Alphabet Aerobics directly from the artist, who will be travelling from his studio in Stockholm, Sweden to NCCD for a FREE event on 19 March 2016 at 11am. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet Anton Alvarez and hear him discuss the concepts behind his work in conversation with Head of Exhibitions at NCCD, Bryony Windsor.
Ceramics Workshop with Anna Collette Hunt, Sat 23 Apr, 10am – 5pm
Join Nottingham based ceramicist Anna Collete Hunt for a day creating and decorating ceramic vessels. Be inspired by the exhibition and explore it’s themes of process, multiples and automated design.
Relief Stone carving masterclass with James Sutton Sculpture, Sat 7 May 2016, 10am-4pm
Get to grips with limestone and learn stone carving techniques and tools. In contrast to the modern exhibition, participants will use traditional skills and techniques to create their own unique artwork out of limestone.
Please book for workshops and events on 01529 308710 or emailing us.
The National Centre for Craft & Design is once again inviting applications from talented designer/makers and specialist food suppliers for its popular Gifted Contemporary Christmas Market.
Gifted celebrates its 5th Anniversary this year, returning in December and kicking off an exciting programme of seasonal activities.
To mark the occasion, we’re throwing open our doors for a NEW TWO DAY event that will take place on Sat 3 and Sun 4 Dec 2016.
Gifted has grown into a landmark event attracting over 3000 shoppers and visitors from far and wide each year. The event prides itself in providing the highest standard of craft and food makers to ensure a special and unique Christmas shopping experience. We are proud to work in partnership with Design Factory and Design-Nation to present our largest ever market in 2016.
We welcome applications from designer/makers of all disciplines of high quality British contemporary craft and design, and makers and suppliers of high quality specialist local food produce.
The closing date for applications is 31 May 2016
Happy new year from all of us here at The National Centre for Craft and Design!
We’re looking forward to another great year in 2016, bringing you the best in craft, design, workshops and events.
In our main gallery, furniture exhibition Methods of Making continues to run until Sun Feb 28 and in the Roof gallery Ruth Singer: Narrative Threads enters its final week, closing on Sun Jan 10. Ruth will also be at NCCD this Saturday and Sunday running a textile masterclass. If you’d like to create your own textile story there’s still a few places left. Book on 01529 308710.
Looking forward, our fourth floor will soon be home to THREE new exhibitions; Made in the East Midlands; a collection of 23 of the finest designer makers of various crafts from the East Midlands (Sat 16 Jan – Sun 21 Feb). Symbiosis by Continued Collective;stunning contemporary jewellery and Kathryn Parsons: Found in the Fields will also be running alongside this show.
Moving on to February, we’re excited to launch a NEW series of workshops covering four different disciplines. The workshops will be be held monthly on selected Saturdays and Tuesday evening. Choose from Towards Abstraction with painter Phil Bowman (Sat 20 Feb, 19 Mar and 16 Apr. 10am-3pm, £25pp, Adults only), Wood working with Mark Clarke, Feltmaking with Laura Mabbutt or Silversmithing with Andrew Poole (Tue 9 Feb, Tue 8 Mar, Tue 12 Apr and Tue 10 May, four sessions £60 – £100).
Also in February, two of the Methods of Making artists will be at NCCD to share their skills. Jay Watson will be helping visitors to make their own ‘Read all about it’cube constructed entirely from recycled newspaper (Thu 18 Feb 1pm-4pm £15pp) and Gareth Neal will be holding a CPD day for artists, academics & educators (Tue 16 Feb 11am–4pm £15 Design Factory Members,£20 General Admission).
In March, the NCCD will be welcoming the acclaimed Chilean-Swedish artist Anton Alvarez in to the Main gallery, which will be home to his ground-breaking Autonomous Manufacturing System 1.0, a machine commissioned especially for this exhibition and which will create and decorate work for the show in situ, without human intervention (19 Mar – 15 Jun). Anton Alvarez will also be at NCCD for a one-off ‘Meet the artist’ event (Sat 19 Mar, 11am FREE), to discuss his work and concepts.
Running alongside this exhibition, Anna-Collette Hunt is holding a ceramics workshop exploring the themes and processes of the exhibition (Sat 23 Apr 10am–5pm £40pp, 12yrs+). and you can learn traditional stone carving techniques, with James Sutton in his Relief Stone Carving Masterclass (Sat 7 May 10am–4pm £50pp, 16yrs+).
As always we also have all our regular events and workshops running as normal, such as Tots Tuesdays, Sewing Club, Life Drawing, Printers Inc. and our after school club; Creative Young Minds. We look forward to welcoming both new and familiar faces to the NCCD in 2016 and we hope that there’s something for everyone to enjoy in a our packed exhibition and learning programme.
Next spring we’re launching a series of brand new workshops in silversmithing, wood-working, felt making and painting. These sessions will run from February to May in 2016 and are aimed at adults and children aged 12+ (feltmaking only).
Painting: Towards abstraction with Phil Bowman
Sat 20 Feb – Landscape
Sat 19 Mar – Still life
Sat 16 Apr – Figuration
Experienced painter and owner of Gallery at St. Martins, close to the Cathedral quarter in Lincoln, Phil Bowman will lead the painting course, Painting: Towards abstraction, which will run for three sessions covering landscape, still life and figuration with a live model. During the workshops participants will be given the opportunity to experiment with a number of different mediums and under the expert guidance of Phil, encouraged to explore a variety of painting techniques and styles. The cost of the workshops is £25pp, with basic materials and easels provided.
Silversmithing with Andrew Poole
Tue 9 Feb, Tue 8 Mar, Tue 12 Apr, Tue 10 May
Silversmith Andrew Pool has a wealth of experience in his field, beginning his own education studying jewellery and silversmithing in 1989, Andrew now teaches his trade at Grimsby Institute on a part-time basis. In the four workshops at the NCCD, he will demonstrate the basic techniques of silvesmithing, including soldering, sawing, hammering, joining, polishing and finishing. On completion of the course, participants should be able to utilise the skills learned to create their own design. The course of four workshops costs £80pp, basic materials are included in the price and precious metals can be purchased during the sessions.
Feltmaking with Laura Mabbutt
Tue 9 Feb, Tue 8 Mar, Tue 12 Apr, Tue 10 May
The oldest man made textile, felt is often misunderstood and under appreciated. Design factory member and Lincoln based feltmaker, Laura Mabbutt will aim to show those wishing to explore the possibilities of the material the full potential of felt. Over the course of the four sessions, various techniques will be explored to create both flat and seamless 3D wet felted pieces. With the assistance of the artist, participants will be able to create all manner of objects by the completion of the course, such as jewellery, bags and vases. The cost of the course is £60pp for four workshops and includes the cost of basic materials.
Wood-working with Mark Clarke
Tue 9 Feb, Tue 8 Mar, Tue 12 Apr, Tue 10 May
The final workshop from the new series, is a course in wood working with local sculptor Mark Clarke. Through the sessions with Mark, basic wood work skills, along with an introduction of design and an understanding of the various materials will be examined. By completing the series of workshops, those taking part will be capable of creating a helix sculpture, similar to those Clarke has become famous for, after attempting to create the world’s largest hanging wooden helix, standing nearly 20ft tall. The cost of the workshop is £100pp for four sessions and all basic materials are included in the price.
For more information or to book please call us on 01529 308710
We’re full of festive cheer this December following another successful gifted event!
Thank you to all the wonderful stallholders, facilitators and musicians who made this year’s Christmas market possible, not to mention everyone that came along and enjoyed the day with us. Look out for more information about gifted.16 to be announced in the New Year.
Design the NCCD Christmas Card Competition – The Result
Thank you to everyone that entered our competition. We had a fantastic response and lots of very strong designs. It’s been a tough decision but we have a winner and some runners up to announce…
Look out for the winning design on our e-Christmas card going out next week!
An opportunity has opened up, for five young artists(16-25) working or studying in Lincolnshire or local artists engaging with young people, to receive a bursary of up to £1,000. Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) are offering this fantastic chance for a young and/or local practitioner to develop their own artistic practice and engage with young people in their area, in collaboration with one or more of the 11 LOV venues.
The successful artists can have a background in any visual or performing art and should plan their project to involve getting young people in Lincolnshire engaged with arts in some way. The bursary can therefore be used for a number of purposes, such as research, development and creation of new work, paying for materials, professional development or to bring in support to help produce your work or event.
Artists will be given 12 months in order to use the bursary and will also see the successful applicants receive support from LOV venues and staff and possible access to workshops, artists or other industry professionals, as well as other support that the supporting LOV venue maybe able to offer the chosen artist.
How to apply
Download the full brief, FAQ’s and you application form. Completed forms should be emailed to Lovadmin@litc.org.uk with ‘Bursary application’ written clearly in the subject box.
Deadline for proposals: 4pm, Fri 11 December 2015.
If you have any questions please contact the LOV team via Facebook, Twitter or contact Emily Bowman: firstname.lastname@example.org, 07713 200782
Short-listed applicants will be invited to pitch their proposals to a panel of LOV stakeholders in the new year.
It’s nearly time for our fabulous contemporary Christmas market, gifted.15!
Join us on Sat 28 November to get in to the festive spirit and pick up some beautiful gifts from a whole host of quality designer-makers.
As well as craft stalls, we’ll also be showcasing some great local musical talent, FREE activities and a range of tasty, festive sweet and savoury treats.
Music will be flowing inside and outside of NCCD with a wide range of musical talent to entertain you, from the classical singer Sophie Hurst, Jazz pianist Kit Dello, acoustic guitar duo Maisie & Joseph, Waiting for Will, Scarlett Rowland and Ukulele Orchestra will also be putting their spin on modern and classic hits.
For anyone looking to get creative, we’re offering something to keep all ages and abilities happy. Younger visitors can enjoy FREE badge making, a Christmas craft trail and they’ll also be an activity zone in the Main Gallery where visitors can help create a festive canvas. They’ll be a unique opportunity to assist artist Kate McBride to give the crockery in the NCCD cafe a makeover, learn how to make your own wooden pyrography Christmas cards with Susan Robey, see hand knitting from Ruth Rignall and hand-engineered sculptures with BLOTT WORKS. Adults can create their very own amulet with exhibiting artist Ruth Singer whilst younger visitors can enjoy a festive making session with Karen Slade.
If making’s not your thing, then there’s the chance to get up close and personal with some beautiful birds of prey, with a FREE falconry display on Eastgate Green and Aswarby Sawmill will be at this years market with fresh cut Nordmann Fir and Norway Spruce available from £25. They will also be selling pot grown trees, ranging from 2-6ft, as well as a selection of wreaths and tree stands.
To keep your appetite at bay as you soak in the Christmasy atmosphere, they’ll be a real feast on offer. Amberfield Hog Roast will be serving up the finest Gloucestershire Old Spot hog roast and Gourmazin will be on hand to deliver international gourmet food from the back of their classic 1968 Citroen H van. A selection of artisan breads, made from local ingredients will be on offer from Greenfield Bakery and Navigation House will also be selling jams, chutneys and plum bread. If you’re after something sweet, then The Whole Sweet Experience has sweets, fudge and doughnuts and the NCCD Riverside Cafe will be open and selling mulled wine and mince pies. To wash it all down Poachers Brewery will be back with their selection of locally produced cask beers.
For those of you looking to pick up some quality gifts for loved ones for Christmas, you’ll be spoiled for choice. To give you a helping hand we’re showcasing a NEW ‘Best of British’ design installation to inspire your Christmas dinner table with work from Design Factory and Design Nation members. This year’s display includes Ashley Thomas, JC Middlebrook, Janie Knitted Textiles, Kate McBride, Maggie Williams, Sharyn Dunn, Stuart Akroyd, Jane Bevan, Clavering Bespoke, Emma-Jane Rule, Kit Anderson, Clare Gage, Ann Povey, Melanie Porter, Linda Bloomfield, RALLI Design, Snowden Flood and Loophouse Design.
Jewellers Stephanie Hopkins, Victoria Hewson-Huges (LovEve Jewellery), Emma Goward, Anna Backman, Jessica Withington, Manasi Ravatia, Abby Wainman, Ruth Lyne, Bryony Stanford, Kate Holdsworth, Anya Miles, Janet Wass and Angela Ibbs.
Don’t miss gifted.15 on Saturday 28 Nov, it’s set to be a festive day out for all the family!
Creative Careers Day Visit
On Tuesday 27 Oct, three students from the Sorrell Foundation took a day off from their half term holiday in order to visit us and learn more about working in the creative industries.
All of the students who attended are currently studying for their GCSEs and one day hope to pursue a career in the arts. After being given a tour of the exhibitions and meeting staff, they were set the task of interviewing the member of the NCCD team who they thought could offer advice on breaking in to the arts world.
Exhibition assistant Dale was interviewed by Ellie, who discovered that he his job at the NCCD helps inspire his own artistic endeavors outside of work. Marketing consultant Heather revealed to Chloe and Anastasia, that her background in graphic design has led to her current position at the NCCD.
Ellie interviewed Exhibition Assistant Dale
“Dale started working at the NCCD in Feb 2014 as an Exhibition assistant. When he first started, a lot of people had just left, so there was a lot of work in order to get everything running smoothly. His job mainly involves handling art work and setting up exhibitions.
Before joining the NCCD, Dale worked mainly on a freelance basis to support his own artwork. He worked in a number of roles including in a bar, as a waiter and as a gardener.
Being in an inspiring and innovative industry is Dale’s favourite aspect of his job because the atmosphere and environment is buzzing and it elevates the role above an average desk job. He also gets a lot of opportunities within his role an example of which was when he was sent to London last year to make a film about an artist exhibiting at the NCCD.
Film making is Dale’s passion and what he spends most of his time outside of his career doing. He has his own practice designing websites, making films and creating performance art with his partner. He feels that his artwork allows the artist to interact with the audience, making art more enjoyable and memorable.
His top tips for anyone who wishes to work in a creative industry is to get out there and involved in anything they can, in order to build up confidence and experience. He says ‘You don’t necessarily need a degree, because dedication is the only qualification you need’ ”
Chloe & Anastasia interviewed Marketing Co-ordinator Heather
“We chose to speak to Heather because she studied graphic design at university and we want to do the same thing. She took a year before university to get a feel for what she wanted to do. She did web design as a focus and did live projects with companies.
Heather’s interests include textiles and print making, which took her further within the creative industry and gave her inspiration for later life.
We as a group enjoyed the exhibitions at the NCCD very much, especially the Michael Brennand-Wood show. It has given us a lot of inspiration for the work we are currently doing at school and within the Sorrell Foundation.”
Thank you to the students that visited and good luck with your future creative careers!
Sat 28 Nov, 10am – 4pm
There’s now less than 4 weeks until our contemporary Christmas Market! We’ll have festive treats for the whole family with live music, craft activities, delicious local food and lots of Christmas shopping to be had in our craft tent.
Plus this year we’re looking forward to more falconry displays, real Chirstmas trees on sale and BBC Radio Lincolnshire will be at NCCD throughout the day to join the fun.
gifted.15 has free entry and parking and everyone is welcome!
Craft Tent Stallholders at gifted.15
LovEve Jewellery, Emma Goward, Anna Backman, Jessica Withington, Sara Boyle, Lydia Aizlewood, Manasi Ravatia , Abby Wainman, Stephanie Hopkins, Ruth Lyne, Bryony Stanford, Angela Ibbs, Kelly McRobie, Kate Holdsworth, Anya Miles
The next few months are full of special events here at NCCD! We’re looking forward to visits from TWO textile artists PLUS our annual Christmas event…
Michael Brennand-Wood’s next masterclass is Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec, 10am-4pm. Join him for this two-day ‘Architecture of Ideas’ workshop which focuses on how ideas are built.
gifted.15 is back for our fourth annual Christmas market! Get festive with us on Sat 28 Nov, 10am – 4pm and enjoy Christmas shopping in our craft tent and food market, live music and festive craft activities throughout the day. As always, entry and parking is free and everyone is welcome to pop along and get into the Christmas spirit!
And finally, looking ahead to December, exhibiting artist Ruth Singer will be back at NCCD for her masterclasses on the weekend of Sat 5 & Sat 6 Dec, 10am-4pm. Join her and experiment with natural dyes on day one and embroidery and fabric manipulation throughout day two. These classes work very well together and are a perfect pre-Christmas treat!
To book your place on any of our artist-led masterclasses, call us on 01529 308710 or email email@example.com
NCCD’s annual contemporary Christmas market, gifted.15 returns
Sat 28 Nov 2015, 10am – 4pm at NCCD. Free entry & parking, everyone welcome.
Our 4th contemporary Christmas market is back this November bringing everything you need for a festive, family day out!
As in previous years we’ll have a delicious selection of local food for you to indulge in and a craft tent brimming with unique handmade gifts for you to peruse. This year’s craft market will be even bigger than usual with more stalls selling beautiful contemporary glassware, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and more.
All this plus live music and festive craft activities to keep the whole family into the Christmas spirit!
Tuesday Treats at NCCD!
Launching Tue 6 Oct 2015
Next month, we’re launching two new creative sessions happening EVERY Tuesday for our autumn/winter season. From Tuesday 6 October, children will be our special guests every Tuesday morning and evenings will be dedicated to our young designers group for 12-25 year olds.
Families and children are always welcome at NCCD but during ‘Tots Tuesdays’, younger visitors are our special guests! Every Tuesday from 10am to 12noon, children can enjoy free activities and exhibition tours in all our gallery spaces and mezzanine. We also have a baby changing facilities on the ground floor and a feeding station in our café with a microwave and bottle warmer plus on Tuesdays there will be children’s meals deals and offers for families to enjoy too.
All this and you don’t need to worry about how much mess and noise is made!
Also launching on Tuesday 6 October is our new young designers club; NCCD Artists Anonymous. Meeting every Tuesday 4-5pm (4-6pm on the first Tuesday of the month), 12-25 year olds can come along and get involved in a range of creative opportunities. Whether you’d like to work with artists, organise events or create new artwork this is a chance to join in and take control of your own creative direction.
One Million Visitors to NCCD!
Over the August bank holiday our visitor count passed one million. To celebrate we offered the lucky individual that tipped us over a prize of a craft hamper. Thank you to everyone that visited NCCD over the weekend, especially those that had a go in our photo booth. The lucky winner was Andy Pallister!
Here he is along with some others that got into the spirit of things! Look out for TWO millionth visitor competition…
Here’s a teaser for our forthcoming exhibition Methods of Making, opening on Sat 12 Dec in our Main Gallery.
This will the first furniture exhibitions at NCCD since 2008 and will feature work from ten artists as well as eight specially commissioned films showing them at work in their studios.
Ahead of our forthcoming exhibition Furniture: Methods of Making in December, our Exhibitions team have traveled all over the UK to capture the making environments of the furniture designers featuring in the exhibition.
With the help of the University of Lincoln’s social enterprise New Media Lincs, so far our team have visited Oxfordshire, Shropshire and Cumbria to film makers Jay Watkins, Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley, Ed Teasdale and Gareth Neal.
The studio footage will form eight films to be part of the exhibition opening later in the year. Alongside the beautiful hand crafted furniture from these designers, visitors will also be able to see behind the scenes of their creation and get a glimpse in to the processes involved.
Furniture: Methods of Making opens at NCCD on Sat 12 Dec 2015.
The show will feature work from Edward Teasdale, Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley, Gareth Neal, Sebastian Cox, Studio Swine, David Gates, Jay Watson, Ben Huggins and Nicola Henshaw.
Michael Brennand-Wood ‘Seeds of Memory’
At NCCD until Sun 29 Nov 2015
The new Michael Brennand-Wood exhibition opened in July featuring nine brand new pieces inspired by our Sleaford building. Our Main Gallery is home to these fantastic 3D sculptures and vibrant textile work from internationally renowned textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood until November.
We also have a creative Activity Zone within the gallery space. Younger visitors can use their inspiration to add to our woven wall and have a go at our giant ‘knitting nancy’. There’s also a chance to plant your own ‘seeds of memory’ and watch them grow throughout the exhibition.
Michael Brennand-Wood ‘Seeds of Memory’
At NCCD until Sun 29 Nov
Our Main Gallery is currently home to nine brand new pieces from the international renowned textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood. Hear all about the inspiration and process for creating these intricate works from the man himself…
In February this year, the Lincolnshire Young Designer of the Year 2015 competition was launched to 14-19 year old students in Lincolnshire schools and colleges, with the chance to be part of an exhibition in the NCCD Main gallery and ultimately win the coveted title of Lincolnshire Young Designer of 2015. There were also a further four awards for Artistic Excellence, Innovation, Exceptional Research and Development and finally, most Inspirational Concept. We were taken aback by the vast creativity and innovation of the students’ work, from architectural designs to furniture, engineering and clothing designs.
An independent panel of judges carefully narrowed the entries down from 60+ entries to 30 final pieces. The Lincolnshire Young Designer of 2015 awards were announced on Friday 10th July. Thank you to all who attended the evening and the exhibition over the weekend, we hope you enjoyed seeing your own work and others.
We wish to formerly announce the winners:
LYDOTY Award winner: Lewis Washington, The Priory Academy LSST, Lincoln
Item: Architecture design of a car dealership
Judges’ comments: Lewis shows outstanding model making, with precision and attention to detail and also brilliant research and development supporting his design. He has reinvented the mundane car dealership in an interesting way making it accessible for all. The design could be used for other businesses with small adjustments. We hope this award will help him go forward with a career in architecture.
Innovation Award winner: James Scott- Murphy, The Priory Academy LSST, Lincoln
Item: A sustainable and innovative house
Judges’ comments: The use of sustainable materials and cutting edge technology shows how James has considered the future of building environmentally friendly housing, particularly with the impressive attention to a water recycling system.
Exceptional Research and Development winner AND Inspirational concept winner: Toby Sanderson, Queen Elizabeth’s High School Gainsborough
Item: Lifeguard training equipment
Judges’ comments: Toby has shown great initiative for solving a problem in the swimming world by engineering a simple but fully functional piece of equipment. The Royal Life Saving Society (Drowning Protection Charity) have acknowledged there could be worldwide interest for his design. Through Toby’s extensive research and testing, the mannequin holder has been proven to be easy to use, adjustable to different swimming pools, safe for trainees and can also help reduce the amount of time and any human errors in training sessions/events. Toby has gone above and beyond his project, ultimately helping those to train to save lives.
Artistic Excellence winner: Megan Francis, The Priory Academy LSST, Lincoln
Judges’ comments: The quality of the design and manufacturing of the coat is excellent and very impressive for a high school student. Megan shows great potential at fashion design, with her developing skills for pattern adaptation and design analysis, we wish her well in her aspiration to study fashion at University.
A big congratulations to the winners! And also to the runners up, you were all worthy of being awarded and we wish you all well in your creative endeavours.
Following the success and positive feedback of this year’s Lincolnshire Young Designer, we hope to celebrate the young talent of Lincolnshire on an annual basis and look forward to showcasing more design work next year in 2016.
Bursary Opportunities for Lincolnshire Artists
Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) are offering 5 NEW bursaries for 2015/16 to support emerging artists living, working or studying in Lincolnshire. We are looking for people who have strong creative ideas and want to develop themselves as artists, arts leaders or entrepreneurs. We are particularly interested to hear from people wishing to engage young people in the arts and those aged 16-25.
Whatever your art form – whether you want to develop a new piece of performance, something digital, a visual artwork or kick start a creative business we want to hear from you…
The bursary is part of LOV’s ongoing commitment to both supporting local arts practitioners and young people as producers, artists and entrepreneurs within our 10 venues and developing new opportunities for them to influence the future cultural landscape of Lincolnshire.
WHAT DOES THE BURSARY OFFER
HOW TO APPLY
Write a clear proposal – no more than 2 sides of A4 – telling us:
Deadline for Proposals: 4pm, Friday 31 July 2015
Proposals to be sent to: Lovadmin@litc.org.uk
Any questions please contact the LOV team via: Facebook/lovprojectteam or Twitter @lovypp
Or email Simon Hollingworth firstname.lastname@example.org 07795 416149
Email completed applications to: email@example.com
Short-listed applicants will be invited to pitch their proposals to a panel of LOV stakeholders.
Happy Birthday Design Factory!
2015 is a very special year for one of our partnership organisations, this year Design Factory reaches the grand age of TEN!
They’re celebrating a whole decade of promoting, supporting and helping to develop designer-makers on Sat 4 Jul at the opening of Synchronise II in our Roof Gallery.
The exhibition will be officially opened at 12pm by Clare Edwards, founder of Design Factory. Light refreshments and bubbles, gallery tours and Maker Talks will take place throughout the day, all in the name of ten wondrous years of Design Factory!
Everyone is invited to celebrate with us and enjoy the exhibition.
Half term, Sat 23 – Sun 31 May
This half term we have creative activity for all the family. Come along and enjoy drawing, textile crafts and even venture out to Tate Modern!
Sat 23 May, 12 – 4pm
Art Foundations with Kate Robotham
Develop your observation skills with this drawing session looking at landscapes.
Suitable for all abilities.
£22 pp (Young People £15)
Sat 23 – Sun 24 May
Ridges & Furrows Sharing Event – Sleaford
Bring along your handcrafted memories to share with artists in residence Kate Genever and Katie Smith. Their ‘Moveable Museum’ will be at the following locations over the weekend:
Sat 23 May, 8am – 4pm Sleaford Market
Sun 24 May, 12 – 4pm Sleaford Leisure Centre
Mon 25 May, 1 – 3pm
Listen, Make & Create
Storytelling, moving and music with Rhubarb Theatre’s Kirsty Mead.
4 – 10 yrs, £6 per child (adults free)
Fri 29 May, 1 -3pm
Craft Activities with Artist in Residence, Ruth Singer
Join textile artist, Ruth Singer for an afternoon of drop-in family friendly craft activities.
Trip to Tate Modern, London
Join our Young People’s group for an inspirational trip to London to see work from ARTIST ROOMS Joseph Beuys.
Free for 12 – 25 yr olds, Coach leaves NCCD at 8am and returns by 8.30pm
Sat 23 – Sun 31 May
NCCD Activity Zone
Make some noise with the sound inspired activities in our Main Gallery. Craft your own instrument or create your own sound art on our iPads!
Our Young People’s programme kicks off this Saturday with a film making workshop from the brilliant Jim Boxall.
With over 20 years experience, Jim Boxall’s portfolio covers live visuals, av performances, short films, music promos, installations and album covers. These projects have kept the Nottingham based artist busy in the UK as well as taking him to a global audience. He’s performed at the Tate Modern and Hayward Gallery in London as well as being screened at The Edinburgh Film Festival and The Liverpool Biennial. On top of all this he can boast of being voted a Finalist for the Vimeo+ awards and a nomination for the best production prize at Dublin Fringe Festival.
Jim Boxall is coming to NCCD to pass on his expertise and help 12-25 year olds interpret our ARTIST ROOMS Vija Celmins’ exhibition into their own short films. He’ll be with us this Saturday to get our young people started and will then be back on Sat 27 Jun for the finale event of this exhibition where he will give more advanced finishing touches to the films as well as some valuable critique for our budding film makers.
His workshops will involve all essential aspects of film making with an experimental twist. They will take their outline idea through to story boarding and then learn to shoot and edit this using specific cinematographic lenses.The first session is on Sat 2 May, 1-4pm and Jim will return on Sat 27 Jun, 2-4pm.
Find more information on these sessions and details of how to book a FREE place on Jim Boxall’s workshops here.
We’re delighted to launch a new programme of free activities and workshops this spring at NCCD.
With generous support and funding from the Art Fund and Arts Council England, our new young people’s programme will explore the themes and concepts of the ARTIST ROOMS Vija Celmins’ exhibition through a range of free events and activities, including an inspiring trip to Tate Modern, London.
Artists Anonymous is NCCD’s first young people’s project, for those aged between 12-25 years interested in any form of art, craft or design and the programme opens officially with ‘Smile’ – a Teenage Takeover event on Sat 18 April. This coincides with the private view of the exhibition and from 12-5pm visitors can enjoy live music and take part in creative drop-in workshops with graffiti artist Richard Knight and animator Thomas Cuthbertson.
On Sat 2 May from 1-4pm, young people can take part in a free film-making workshop with Jim Boxall to learn how to use basic film equipment to make a film based on the Vija Celmins’ exhibition. Every Friday from 8 May to 26 June NCCD will deliver free bookable surgeries to help young people develop their films and learn advanced filmmaking techniques. Funding from ARTIST ROOMS will also bring new iPads to NCCD and on Sat 6 June local artist Jason Wilsher-Mills will be running a popular iPad drawing session for young people to learn how to use iPad apps to interpret the exhibition.
On Fri 29 May the young people’s group will be taken to London to visit Tate Modern for further research and inspiration. Coach, lunch and refreshments will be provided for all young people taking part.
The project finale will culminate in EXPOSURE: Vija Celmins’ closing event on Sat 27 June. This lively afternoon will mark the end of the exhibition with a celebration of the creative skills the young people have built up over the spring sessions. Along with a showcase of the final films, there will be live music and refreshments.
The works on display in the Vija Celmins’ exhibition are taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay with additional support from funders, including the Art Fund. The ARTIST ROOMS tour programme, now in its seventh year, is showing at 17 museums and galleries across the UK in 2015. The tour is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and through the continued support of the Art Fund.
Welcome to the newest member of our NCCD team, Martha Glazzard!
Martha Glazzard recently joined NCCD as the new Learning and Engagement Co-Ordinator. After teaching and studying for a PhD in Textile Design practice at Nottingham Trent University, Martha continues to research part time at NTU in electronic textiles and mental health (An Internet of Soft Things). Alongside these jobs she has a print-making practice (Hand Cuts Hand) and organises collaborative music and art events in Nottingham.
“I’m really excited to be a part of the team at NCCD. It’s a very creative environment to work in and I’m looking forward to putting my touch on next season’s programme of activities and events.”
The next season of events kicks off in June and includes our new Saturday Summer School throughout July and August. These creative sessions cover all types of craft and aim to keep the creative juices flowing over the holiday.
As part of their Ridges & Furrows residency, Katie Smith & Kate Genever have now installed their vitrine of handmade objects on the Mezzanine Floor at NCCD. This collection of homecrafted objects have particular significance to their owners and the artists hope to inspire local audiences to share their experiences of home creating and collecting.
Katie & Kate will take their caravan The Moveable Museum to Sleaford to engage with the public on the 23rd & 24th of May. Here, members of the public will be invited to bring everyday craft items of particular value to them to be photographed by Kate and Katie. the owners of the items will be able to download their images and 12 items will be selected by the artists and made into Wet Plate Collodian prints which will result in the creation of a series of images on glass plates.
Items can be old or new, sewn, whittled, moulded, welded, bodge but the key thing is that they have significance to the owner.
The results are in!
Alongside the Lesser Known Architecture and Space Craft exhibition in our Main Gallery, we held a competition for the most popular building.
Visitors were asked to vote for their preferred piece of architecture featured in the collection and we can now announce the winner…
5th – Bryony Windsor 132kv Terminal Tower, Nottinghamshire
4th – Karl Fry Dormant Long South Bank Coke Oven Tower Middlesbrough, Teesside
3rd – Dale Fearnley Barnsley Main Colliery, South Yorkshire
2nd – Laura Mabbutt Hyperbolic Paraboloid Roof, Nottinghamshire
1st place – Beth Lambert Castle Market Sheffield, South Yorkshire
We’re always striving to improve your experience at The National Centre for Craft & Design and to do that we’d like to hear what you think. We value your feedback and so encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day and complete our online survey to help us improve NCCD.
Whether you’ve enjoyed some contemporary craft & design in our galleries, indulged your creativity in one of our craft workshops or simply relaxed in our Café and shop we’d like to hear what kind of experience you had!
To show our appreciation we’d like to reward your efforts with a free tea or coffee on your next visit to the NCCD Café!
*Please make a note of the promotional code given at the end of the online survey and present this at the NCCD Café when you next visit. This promotion is for one free tea or coffee per completed survey. This offer will expire on 30 April 2015.
Membership applications for our partnership organisations.
Promoting and supporting the inspiring creative talent produced by the UK’s very best designer/makers.
Application deadline: 1 April 2015
Join the portfolio of some of the UK’s most innovative designers and craftspeople.
Application deadline: 30 April 2015
Interested in joining both organisations?
Please apply for each separately and if successful you’ll receive 15% discount across the membership fees.
This Easter we have treats for all the family with a FREE craft trail and activities for children as well as creative workshops for adults and young people.
Sat 28 Mar – Sun 12 Apr
Free ‘Discover & Learn’ Craft Trail around the NCCD building. Complete the trail and receive a treat!
Activity zones in our Café and Gallery spaces full of free creative equipment and inspiration.
Sat 28 Mar
Textile jewellery demonstration with Hayley Beckley.
Silver Rings and Cufflinks workshop with Kate Bajic
Mon 30 Mar
Family-friendly craft activities with Artist in Residence, Ruth Singer
Tue 31 Mar
Paper Plumage, make your own feathered friends out of recycled paper with Janet Bates
Thu 9 Apr
Beady Bugs and Flowers, textiles, beads and wire making session with Samantha Robinson
Indulge in some creativity this Easter, we’re open 10am – 5pm everyday.
gifted.15 is on Sat 28 Nov 2015
We’re looking for specialist food producers and design makers to be part of our food and craft market.
Why you should take part?
gifted.15 offers visitors:
gifted.15 offers selected stall-holders:
Stand: £75 craft stall, £40 food stalls
£60 Design Factory/Design-Nation members
The NK Arts Partnership have announced the artists selected for residencies in North Kesteven, Lincolnshire, as part of Ridges & Furrows, an ambitious art project for the area.
The four residencies will take place in North Hykeham, Waddington, Welbourn and Sleaford in May and June 2015.
The selected artists are:
Hanna Nicklin, who will be based in North Hykeham;
Jonathan Turner, based in Waddington;
Lyndall Phelps based in Welbourn;
Katie Smith & Kate Genever who will be working together in Sleaford.
Initiated by The NK Arts Partnership (artsNK, Design Factory, Design-Nation, the National Centre for Craft & Design and the Terry O’Toole Theatre), the residencies form the first part of Ridges & Furrows, a multi-art form project that celebrates the area’s rich heritage and will culminate in a festival across the four locations in 2016. It is hoped that the longer-term legacy of both the residencies and the festival will be the creation of a new arts and heritage trail that links the work of all the partners across the district with a special focus in the participating towns and villages.
The artists will work closely with communities within their residency location to explore the history and identity of the area through workshops, events, walks and talks.
For up to date information please Like the official Ridges & Furrows Facebook page.
Search #ridgesandfurrows on twitter
Are you aged between 14 and 19 years?
Have you got a great design idea?
If so, then you could be Lincolnshire’s Young Designer of the Year 2015 and have your designs exhibited at The National Centre for Craft & Design!
How it works:
Sun 15 Mar: Schools, teacher or guardians must submit an ‘Initial Interest Form’.
Sun 19 Apr: Students must submit their proposed project /idea along with 3 good quality images of their work.
Mon 4 May: An independent selection panel will judge the award entries and select the final winners.
Mon 6 Jul: Winning entries will be displayed for exhibition at NCCD
Fri 10 Jul: Private View of exhibition and announcement of Lincolnshire’s Young Designer of the Year 2015!
For more information please download an application pack.
Please submit all applications to firstname.lastname@example.org uk or post to:
Learning, NCCD, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 7TW
Printers Inc at Whisby Nature Reserve
Fri 23 Jan – Sun 22 Mar 2015
We’ve teamed up with our partnership organisations artsNK and The Natural World Centre in Whisby to showcase the creative talent of North Kesteven. The results are this fantastic exhibition in the newly refurbished cafe at Whisby Nature Reserve.
We’re proud to see the stunning, nature inspired, work of our NCCD regulars; Printers Inc who feature in this first exhibition. This new series of shows will be dedicated to the creative work of regional community groups and clubs in the North Kesteven district.
If you’d like to find out more about Printers Inc and their work then don’t miss their taster day at The National Centre for Craft & Design on Sun 1 Mar, 10am – 4pm.
Vacany: Part Time Duty Manager
Part Time: 8-16 hours per week (Flexible inc weekends and occasional evenings)
Salary: £7.15 per hour
The National Centre for Craft & Design is the largest venue in England entirely dedicated to the exhibition, celebration and promotion of international craft and design. Situated in a former seed warehouse in Sleaford, a Lincolnshire market town, the Centre boasts four exciting exhibition spaces; a vibrant events programme; an innovative craft shop; a licensed café and a roof-top viewing balcony.
We are looking for a bright individual with a genuine enthusiasm for arts and culture, to join our operations team and support all areas of the Centre’s increasing activity.
The Centre is open from 10am to 5pm every day of the year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day). The post of Duty Manager will provide a broad overview of working within a contemporary exhibition venue
If you are passionate about craft, design and the arts, and would relish the opportunity to enrich the service of a leading cultural venue, we want to hear from you.
Please read the personal specification and full job description in the Information Pack and send your completed application and equal opportunities form to email@example.com by Wednesday 18th February.
NEW Job Opportunity: Gallery Assistant
Part Time: 30 hours per week working Friday through to Monday
Salary £10,140 + benefits
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 contemporary and international craft and design.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a part-time Gallery Assistant to join our creative team. The post of Gallery Assistant will suit those hoping to start or consolidate their career in the gallery/museum sector. It will provide a broad overview of working within a contemporary exhibition venue from learning how to handle, install and present artworks and develop exhibitions, through to liaising with artists/members of the public and marketing exhibitions.
If you are passionate about craft, design and the arts, and would relish the opportunity to enrich the service of a renowned cultural venue, we want to hear from you.
For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Laura Mabbutt on 01529 308710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for applications is 12 Noon on Wednesday 18 February 2015 with interviews taking place the following week. Please send the following application documents to email@example.com.
Our fourth annual Contemporary Christmas Market, gifted.15, is set for Sat 28 Nov!
Are you looking for a superb opportunity to showcase and sell your work this Christmas?
In just three years, our contemporary Christmas craft, design and food market has grown into a landmark event. It attracts high quality designer/makers from across the UK and local food suppliers. Shoppers come from far and wide for its special atmosphere and unique high quality handmade gifts.
Over 3000 people attended in its first year, and last year there was a 15% increase in visitors and a 50% increase in maker sales.
The National Centre for Craft & Design and Design Factory is looking for
Why you should take part?
gifted.15 offers visitors:
gifted.15 offers selected stall-holders:
Stand: £75 craft stall, £40 food stalls
This year we have an EARLY BIRD OFFER OF 10% OFF
(craft stalls £67.50, food stalls £36.00 and Design Factory members £60 only for application in by 13th Feb 2015*).
PLUS previous exhibitors from 2014 can receive a further 10% discount
(craft stall £60, food stalls £32 and Design factory members £60)
* A 50% non refundable deposit is required with all accepted applications, full payment will be required by July 2015.
Please download an application form here.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01529 308710
On Sat 14 Feb, we’re celebrating St Valentine is a more creative way to the usual romance. This year we’re looking forward to Kate Bajic’s solo exhibition, ‘Lichenology’ opening in our Roof Gallery and we’re thrilled to also host a ‘Meet the Artist’ with Kate who will be visiting from 11am – 1pm to talk about her work and share her inspirations.
Alongside this the NCCD Shop will also be home to a printmaking extravaganza! We’ll have a showcase of selected prints perfect for Valentine’s gifts from Sunny Todd, John Devolle, Dee Beale, Tessa Pearson, Hazel Nicholls, Chris Andrews and Paul Farrell PLUS exclusive prints from Jonny Hannah who is part of the St Jude’s collective currently exhibiting in out Corridor space.
For an extra special treat, Jonny will be with us from 11am – 4pm with his ‘Darktown Valentine’s Show’ where he will be hosting a card making drop-in and signing copies of his new book Greetings from Darktown.
One final treat for you to enjoy is a Shop Demonstration from Janine Kilroe where you can get a first hand glimpse of her intricate watercolour work that she combines with creative photography to produce her stunning pieces. She’ll be with us from 11am-2pm. If you have any time spare after taking all of that in, there’s also our Main Gallery exhibitions Lesser Known Architecture & Space Craft to enjoy. Don’t miss out on, Lesser Known Architecture photographer, Theo Simpson’s prints that are also available in the Shop. Whether you’re a romantic or not there’s plenty to celebrate!
Job Opportunity at The National Centre for Craft & Design
Learning & Engagement Co-ordinator (Public Programmes)
Part Time 3 days per week (22.5 hours)
£20,000 per annum pro rata
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our artistic team. As Learning & Engagement Co-ordinator you will be responsible for developing and delivering a balanced and dynamic public programme and resource for children, young people, families, adults and professionals.
Candidates for the post will have artistic vision and be well versed in organising a range of participatory events that meet the demands of quality, diversity and audience engagement. They will have experience in gallery-based learning and be dedicated to working collaboratively with colleagues and partners.
If you are passionate about craft and design, and would relish the opportunity to enrich the service of a renowned cultural venue, we want to hear from you.
For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Clare Edwards on 01529 308719 or email clare@nationalcraftanddesign.
Closing date for completed applications is 12 Noon on Wed 4 February 2015. Interviews will take place on Wed 11 Feb 2015.
Click here to download Job Information, Application Form and Equal opportunities Form
The makers of “The Great British Bake Off” are on the hunt for a new kind of talent…Do you live and breathe pottery? Fancy your chances in a nationwide talent search?
Love Productions are scouring the country for experienced amateurs to early career potters who want to share their passion with the nation! In this brand new talent search for BBC2 your entire repertoire of skills will be put the test. If you think you’ve got what it takes, the team would LOVE to hear from you!
How to Apply
Applications close midnight on 4th January 2015
The NK Arts Partnership (The National Centre for Craft & Design, Design Factory, Design-Nation, arts NK and the Terry O’Toole Theatre) are inviting artists and companies who work in ANY art form to apply for a series of new artist-led residencies in May/June 2015, in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire. Each residency has a budget of £5,000 including all fees and costs.
The Ridges + Furrows initiative will draw on and celebrate the history and heritage of North Hykeham, Waddington, Welbourn and Sleaford. The purpose of the four residencies is to develop audiences, ideas and energy for a new multi arts festival to be held in 2016.
The appointed artists/companies will explore and express the local history, communities and landscape; deliver/performances/installations/exhibitions with residents, local groups and schools and then present the ideas and outcomes at a public ‘sharing’ event in each participating location.
How to apply
Please read the Ridges & Furrows Residency Brief for further information.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 16th January 2015. Applications received after this time will not be considered.
Interviews will take place in the week of 9th February 2015.
We will inform all applicants of our decisions.
Please contact Lucy Lumb (artsNK) email@example.com or 07825 048 055 if you have any questions. Please read the brief and application form before contacting us.
Festive Thanks from NCCD
Thank you to everyone involved in this year’s gifted. This was our third annual Christmas event and was a great success. So much so that we’re already looking ahead to next year!
All stallholders, workshop leaders and live acts were fantastic. We hope to see you back for gifted.15 along with some new faces too!
If you’re a designer-maker selling contemporary craft and would like to be part of our craft market or a live music act who would like to join the festivities next year please get in touch. We’re also looking for local food producers who could bring top quality delicious food and drink to gifted.15.
More information can be found on 01529 308 710 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Prize Draw Results
This year’s gifted was an overwhelming success! We kicked off the festive period with a day full of contemporary crafts, delicious food, activities, workshops, live music and even a falconry display. Thank you to everyone involved especially those stallholders that donated to our Prize Draw.
Mary Johnson Ceramics, Jillian Riley Designs, Laura Mabbut Felting, Sweet Silver Jewellery, Boston Sausage, Georgina Fowler, Anna K Casey, Poachers Brewery, Liz Willis Jewellery, AB Glass Art and Abbey Parks Farmshop.
Here are the lucky winners. Please pop by to NCCD to collect your prize.
Live Music at gifted.14, 10am-4pm Saturday 29 November
Our Christmas Market will not only offer a wonderful selection of food and some of Britain’s best contemporary craft, we’ll also have a full day of live music for you and the family to enjoy.
Spread across Navigation Wharf, we’ll have acts in the NCCD Café, Galleries and the Outside Canopy Space. Read more about some of our headline acts below and use the full line up to plan your day at gifted.14!
Bella Diva are a classical quintet which comprises of four classical singers and a pianist. Their repertoire includes opera, musical theatre and musical arrangements to popular songs.
Cafe Manouche are a young Gypsy Jazz & Swing band. Hugely popular, their schedule is jam packed, so we were lucky to bag them for gifted.14.
Lizzie Goddard is a 16 year old girl from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire and is an acoustic artist. She writes her own songs.
Sleaford Concert Band was formed on 9th May 1998 and has developed into one of the leading Wind Bands in Lincolnshire with around 40 members. A combination of amateur and semi-professional musicians rehearse every Saturday morning in Sleaford, producing a very professional sound.
The Bretherton Handbell Ringers started life in 1981 at Ashby de la Launde. They have performed at every Gifted Christmas market. Handbell ringers of Great Britain HRGB was founded in 1967: the society is dedicated to the promotion of the art of tune ringing by handbells, hand chimes and Belleplates. The East midlands was the first of eight regions to be formed.
The Sleaford Ukulele Orchestra was formed in late 2007. The orchestra currently has eleven musicians playing a variety of instruments from the ukulele family. They may be an ‘orchestra’ but don’t expect a performance of instrumentals. They play an eclectic selection of music, modern and not so modern, and may throw in the odd jazz number!
Programme Line Up
Foyer & Galleries
We’ve planned a whole host of FREE activities for you to take part in at our ‘Decoration Station’ in the Craft Studio. No need to book, simply drop in and take part on the day.
10am – 1pm / Wire & bead decorations with Samantha Robinson
10am – 4pm / Felt Angels with Karen Slade (especially good for Dinky Designers and you can find out more about the other sessions we run at the Centre for little ones too)
10am – 4pm / Paper people decorations with Mandy Bray
11.30am – 2pm / Paper stamped bags, wrap and decorations with Carole Miles
11.30am – 2pm / Paper folded decorations with Phiona Richards
1pm – 4pm / Pom-pom decorations with Rhea Clements
In addition, we’ve got badge making in our Roof Gallery; the chance to try graffiti with artist, Richard Knight; a huge Knitting Nancy on the 3rd Floor; drop in activities with University of Lincoln Students; a craft trail around the building and a host of makers demonstrating their craft too!
Don’t forget to pop across to Navigation House where you can willow weave your very own decorations with Jessica Notley from Blooming Crafty in Ruskington (£2 per person to cover materials).
We hope you’ll try your hand at one or more of the activities on the day. Enjoy!
Last weekend, Nottingham Lakeside Arts hosted their fabulous #Lustre event once again.
Every year our Exhibitions Team select a maker from the Young Meteors category at the show to receive our annual Innovation Award.
We are delighted to announce that this year’s winner is the talented Jeweller, Esme Parsons. Esme is a UCA Rochester graduate whose work explores colours and structure through enamels and precious metals.
As part the prize, we will be showcasing Esme’s work in our upper gallery spaces alongside next year’s Class of 2015 Exhibition.
As well as enjoying the contemporary Craft Stalls at gifted.14, make sure you visit our Food Market in Navigation Yard. Open from 10am – 4pm on Sat 29 Nov, you’ll find sweet and savoury treats along with festive mulled wine and real ales to help get you into the festive spirit!
NCCD will be welcoming local food specialists with the highest quality produce to join our Christmas event. Enjoy this fantastic selection along with live music, craft demonstrations, workshops and contemporary craft. Free entry and parking. See you there!
This week we’re focussing on the beautifully handcrafted work of designer-maker Ann Povey.
These unique creations are the result of Ann’s in-depth craft process and the quality reflects her passion for the making process. These glass, metal and clay creations are individually made and are a beautiful example of expert craftsmanship.
If you’re looking for a unique present then our gifted.14 craft market will definitely deliver. Ann is one of over 25 craft stallholders who will be joining our festive celebrations and selling a wide range of contemporary craft.
We are delighted to support the Education Manifesto for Craft and Making, launched at The House of Commons by the Crafts Council on Monday 10 November.
In the last five years participation in craft-related GCSEs fell by 25% and the number of higher education craft courses fell by 46%. This comes when elsewhere around the globe investment in creative education and making is rising.
An education in craft develops creativity, inventiveness, problem-solving and practical intelligence. It also produces the makers of the future.
Craft currently contributes £3.4 billion to the economy and over 150,000 people across the UK deploy craft skills within a number of industries including fashion, film, medicine and engineering.
Craft and making is vital to our society, culture and economy.
Support the campaign and spread the manifesto via your social media channels #FutureInMaking
Inspired by fairytales, her imagination and the surreal, Georgina Fowler creates illustrative surface pattern designs for ceramics.
After studying Contemporary Applied Arts at Hereford College of Arts, her work is now sold in galleries across the county. We’re excited to announce that these beautiful handmade pieces will also be available in the craft market at gifted.14.
Along with contemporary ceramics, our craft market will also be home to jewellery, textiles, glass and metal work. Not forgetting the usual festive fare in our Navigation Yard food market and craft activities throughout the rest of the NCCD building.
gifted.14 will have something for everyone.
Sat 29 Nov 10am-4pm.
On 29 November, we’ll be welcoming over 25 designer-makers to Sleaford for our annual contemporary Christmas market.
gifted.14 will boast some of Britain’s top craft and design talent selling beautiful handmade gifts and design objects. Over the next 6 weeks, we’ll be sharing snippets of this impressive craftsmanship and design, all in anticipation for Saturday 29 Nov.
One of this year’s stallholders is Karen Fox, selling gold and silver jewellery inspired by architecture and urban landscapes, Elizabethan detail, scale and repetition. In her London studio Karen combines silversmithing and textile techniques to create her striking and unique pieces that are ideal for a festive treat.
We’re looking forward to having her at NCCD as part of our gifted.14.
gifted is back!
gifted.14 is the National Centre for Craft & Design’s third contemporary Christmas Market and takes place on Saturday 29th November this year. gifted.14 promises a festive day of craft, live music, workshops and delicious food for the whole family.
Over twenty five contemporary craft stalls will offer a unique range of handmade gifts from some of Britain’s top craft and design talent as well as a delicious selection of local food and drink in a specialist food market.
Find everything from mulled wine and luxury chocolates to handmade textiles, jewellery and ceramics. Enjoy Make & Take workshops in the Craft Studio or falconry and craft demonstrations in Navigation Yard.
There will also be live music throughout the day boasting live jazz, folk and acoustic sets with local band Red Herrings and BBC Introducing artist Lizzie Goddard.
Whether you’re a craft enthusiast, food fanatic or just looking for a special Christmas gift, enjoy the National Centre for Craft & Design’s annual contemporary Christmas market packed full of craft, music, activities and local food for all the family, 10am -4pm on Saturday 29th November.
Saturday 29 November 2014
Free entry and parking.
Our phenomenally successful ‘Bathing Beauties’ exhibition recently opened as part of the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival. When it was on display here it received over 10,000 visitors from the UK and beyond – everyone is hoping for a repeat of those record visitor numbers!
On display until Sat 8 Nov at Arts University Bournemouth, the show presents over one hundred models designed by artists and architects in a witty and absorbing re-evaluation of the British beach hut.
For more information about the exhibition and associated events programme in Bournemouth visit the University website.
We’ve just installed a fantastic new piece of public art!
The work responds to a series of workshops with young people from Sleaford that explored their ideas of culture, identity and place linked to our organisation.
The neon you can see here is a two-part installation. The other is sited at The Collection Lincoln & Usher Gallery and is the result of similarly themed workshops with young people about this institution. Do let us know what you think of the piece/s!
We are pleased to announce and welcome Bryony Windsor as our new Head of Exhibitions here at The National Centre for Craft & Design.
Bryony joins us from The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, where she has been Assistant Director and Curator for six years.
After months of hard work we are finally live and online,
celebrating and promoting our world-class centre and resource
that is dedicated to national and international contemporary craft
Each season thousands of people of all ages enjoy visiting our exhibitions and taking part in our inspiring learning programmes. The aim of this new website is to transfer these experiences online and inspire and inform digital audiences from around the world through our work.
The development of our site will be an ongoing project for us.
The next stage will see us build our archive, including a decade of exhibitions and a resource of online events and activities. We would love to hear what you think and what is popular. Please do get in touch and share your thoughts with us at email@example.com
Finally a big big thank you to SB Studio for their support and commitment in developing a stunning, practical and brand
We love it and we hope you do to!
Our long running touring exhibition “Transplantation: a sense of place and culture” is on show throughout August 2014 as part
of Craft Victoria’s annual Craft Cubed festival. It was curated by jeweller Norman Cherry and features striking work by twelve UK
and Australian-based makers who have considered the impact
and stories around migration, movement and being transplanted.
So if you are in Melbourne, please check it out:
On July 14 prestigious creative agency and membership organisation Design-Nation joined Design Factory and The National Centre for Craft & Design to create a NEW and stronger alliance of organisations that lead across the UK and international craft and design sectors.
This new alliance of brands will unite all three organisations in a joint mission to deliver new opportunities to develop and grow
the UK’s creative community. By bringing together new partners, champions and investment, the alliance will strengthen business
and creative development in the contemporary design and crafts sector across the UK.
It was a little over 10 years ago when North Kesteven District Council’s vision to bring an arts and culture facility to the
district was realised through The National Centre for Craft & Design. The news of this collaboration will undoubtedly enhance that, said Cllr Lindsey Cawrey, NKDC Executive Board Member
with responsibility for arts and culture.
The Design Nation portfolio can be explored here: www.designnation.co.uk.
Each year we have the pleasure of visiting the University of Lincoln’s graduate fashion show, where we select the award for Fashion Innovation.
The winner of the NCCD Fashion Innovation Award 2014 is Louise Watkins, chosen for her multi-functional and colourful Beach to Bar collection. Louise will exhibit her award winning collection
as part of Class of 2014 later this year.
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