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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