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.
If you're a fan of our Lesser Known Architecture exhibition, on tour from the Design Museum, you can now take home a slice of the show with special limited edition prints.
All 27 works by exhibition Photographer, Theo Simpson, are available to purchase from our shop and come in editions of 50 and 100.
There are several prints that depict forgotten architecture, extraordinary buildings and structures within The National Centre for Craft & Design's home region, Lincolnshire, that include:
If you are more interested in images from further afield, these are also available.
These single colour offset lithograph prints are a perfect way to start an art collection or add to an existing one. They would also be great (and affordable) Christmas gifts for architecture and photography fans.
Unframed / £30
Framed / £150
4 Prints for £100
Please get in touch for a catalogue of images or further information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We're hoping to re-join the Own Art scheme very soon, which lets you spread the cost of buying contemporary art and craft. Whether you're a first time buyer or an established collector, if you're interested in receiving news of the re-launch of this facility, let us know and we'll add you to our mailing list.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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