Cause and Effect explores artists’ responses to adversity. Craft has been used…
Cause and Effect explores artists’ responses to adversity. Craft has been used throughout history to give people a voice, offer a creative output in challenging times and rebuild communities, families and lives following a disaster. The contemporary artists selected to exhibit in Cause and Effect take inspiration from personal tragedies, international disasters and unfortunate events – of a more light hearted nature on occasion – such as Anna Barlow’s melted ceramic ice creams.
The exhibition centres on a body of work by ceramicist Julian Stair from his recent exhibition at Middlesborough institute of Modern Art (mima). Quietus: The vessel, death and the human body explored the containment of the human body after death. Featuring Cinerary jars and life size sarcophagi, it was the culmination of 10 years’ work.
Cause and effect will host a number of significant pieces by Stair including reliquary for a common man: a single cinerary jar made with, and housing, the ashes of a close family member now in the permanent collection of the Crafts Council.
Luke Jerram’s Invisible Homelessness in Cause & Effect highlights this growing…
Luke Jerram’s Invisible Homelessness in Cause & Effect highlights this growing phenomenon. In response to the piece we are inviting food donations from visitors to create a thought provoking, temporary community artwork. At the end of the summer all donations will go to Sleaford’s Community Larder, a food bank supporting local people in need.
Sat 23rd July – Sun 4th Sept
Roof Gallery Sat 9 Jul – Sun 4 Sep Hybrids: Interspecies…
Roof Gallery Sat 9 Jul – Sun 4 Sep
Hybrids: Interspecies Collaborations, focuses on the cross species collaboration of human and non-human living creators from a craft and design perspective. We will explore the recent developments in biomaterials and their use in art and design whilst also introducing our visitors to makers who have developed alternative manufacturing techniques. The show will question the relationships that we as humans have with other living organisms. It will raise awareness of ecological concerns and most importantly demonstrate the highest quality craft and design.
Project Space 9 Jul – 4 Sep Craig Fellows recently completed…
Project Space 9 Jul – 4 Sep
Craig Fellows recently completed an MA in Textile Design innovation focusing on investigating symbiotic practices through printed textiles. Craig will be exhibiting some work created during this time in NCCD’s Project space.
Craig explains, “This research project has enabled me to develop a body of work that examines and investigates the relationships that exist between practitioner, traditional craft and digital printing textile practices. I aimed to question the technical application, value and sustainability of both traditional and contemporary printed textiles whilst investigating how relationships may be bridged or reinforced between them. In turn the body of visual research and data that I collated has inspired and informed the choices that I make as a textile practitioner”.
Exchange Space Sat 9 Jul – Sun 4 Sep The Willow…
Exchange Space Sat 9 Jul – Sun 4 Sep
The Willow Horse Project is inspired by the horse as an icon in our collective minds, a symbol of grace and power, something that can be tamed but retaining its wildness.
Horses can be seen in thousands of public places on plinths raising men to a stature of victory over enemies. My horse sculpture celebrates and returns the magnificent form of the horse to its own integrity, certainly passive and quiet at times but also noble independent and free- spirited. This para can come out if space tight.
The Willow Horse Project is the culmination of many years developing many formal and informal basketry skills. The resulting sketches in willow, use the minimum quantity of material (in this case willow) for the maximum impact, this is a process which involves knowledge of the torsion and strength of the techniques, with the natural stems, which give a life-like appearance to the horses’ bodies.
During the school holidays we extend our Tot’s Tuesday session for…
During the school holidays we extend our Tot’s Tuesday session for older children and families to enjoy too.
Tue 16 Aug
Water Play – experiment with cause and effect by building miniature worlds and then submerging them underwater.
Tue 23 Aug
Suitcase Art – Pack your most treasured possessions for a long journey. We will be designing a collaborative artwork to explore the theme of homelessness and displacement.
Tue 30 Aug
Architectural Interventions – using the workshop as our studio we will use vinyl to create drips, leaks and puddles on the floor, walls and furniture.
10am – 2pm
Free, No need to book. Just drop-in.
Join us also on Bank Holiday Monday 29th for a Free Family Workshop
Join local artist Kate McBride and have a go at decorating…
Join local artist Kate McBride and have a go at decorating our café crockery using decals to create some unusual designs and effects.
Bank Holiday Mon 29 Aug
All ages. Free, no need to book.
You may also enjoy our Free Summer Family Workshops every Tuesdays in August.
In this one day workshop you will be led through the…
In this one day workshop you will be led through the basics of ceramic restoration by Leah & Terri of WHConservation. Learn the techniques of reassembling, bonding and gap-filling as they apply to earthenware and porcelain objects. No prior experience necessary.
Sat 3 Sep, 10-4pm
Adults 18+, £35pp, materials provided.
+44 (0)1529 308710
Learn the basics of silversmithing to make a bangle for yourself…
Learn the basics of silversmithing to make a bangle for yourself or someone special this Christmas!
Winner of NCCD’s Innovation Award at Lustre 2015, Chloe Solomon presents…
Winner of NCCD’s Innovation Award at Lustre 2015, Chloe Solomon presents her ‘S K I N’ collection.
Chloe Solomon is a Bristol based jeweller, designer and maker. Her current collection, ‘S K I N’ has been inspired by the human form and the textures and colours found in skin have been the catalyst for this new body of work. Delicate pastel hues and crackled white surface textures make up a translucent material that Chloe has developed; these strips of ‘skin’ are then housed in silver linear forms.
Showing alongside of: Class of 2016 Roof Gallery
We are proud to present Class of 2016 showcasing our pick…
We are proud to present Class of 2016 showcasing our pick of the best graduate talent from Britain’s leading institutions for Craft and Design. Once again we dedicate our top floor to Britain’s rising stars to encourage and support those that are pushing the boundaries and making innovative and exquisite objects and products.
Adam Lamb / Studio Lamb
Becky Jasmine Dennis
Charlotte Eve Lindsey
Showing alongside Class of 2016:
Looking for a confidence boost or just some dedicated sewing time?…
Looking for a confidence boost or just some dedicated sewing time? Run by textile expert, Emma Ronald, our Monthly Sewing Club is a social group of local sewers, all working on their own projects but coming together once a month for advice, guidance and plenty of tea and chat.
Suitable for all abilities, bring your own machine.
6 Jun, 4 Jul, 1 Aug, 6 Sep
10am – 2pm
Adults, suitable for all abilities
£12 pp per session / £40 for 4 sessions
+44 (0)1529 308710
Develop your skills of observation through our popular life drawing classes…
Develop your skills of observation through our popular life drawing classes suitable for beginners and practised artists alike. On Sat 10 Sep join artist and tutor Ewa Szypula for a guided session exploring a variety of approaches to drawing the female form.
Sat 10 Sep
Adults, £30 pp
+44 (0)1529 308710
Local artist Kate McBride teaches you to design and decorate crockery…
Local artist Kate McBride teaches you to design and decorate crockery using decals. Try your hand on our cafe plates and then have a go at designing your own mug, dinner plate or side plate on white Limoge porcelain to take home. Perfect for a personalised gift or for creating your own crockery set.
Sat 10 Sep
£12pp. Take home what you create, cups & plates charged as extra per item.
+44 (0)1529 308710
Mon 29 Aug, Bank Holiday
Here & Now is the first major curated exhibition of contemporary…
Here & Now is the first major curated exhibition of contemporary tapestry in England for over 20 years. Showcasing the breadth of international talent and most innovative approaches to the medium, the show challenges the notion that tapestry is a dying craft and marks a point in time for the artform.
Alongside British tapestry weavers, the exhibition features artists from Australia, Norway, Latvia, Japan and the USA with over 20 artists represented overall.
Here & Now has been jointly curated by Bryony Windsor, Head of Exhibitions at NCCD and Lesley Millar, Professor of Textile Culture and Director of the International Textile Research Centre at the University for the Creative Arts, UK.
The show has been partly funded by the Daiwa Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.
A fully illustrated catalogue is available to purchase from the exhibition.
Tonje Høydahl Sørli
Erin M Riley
Join us on the opening day of our Here & Now…
Join us on the opening day of our Here & Now exhibition for an informal talk with our Head of Exhibitions in conversation with guest curator Lesley Millar and featured artist Caron Penney, plus other selected artists.
Sat 1 Oct
Free, all ages
Learn the basics to tapestry weaving with master weaver Caron Penney…
Learn the basics to tapestry weaving with master weaver Caron Penney exhibiting in Here and Now. This one day workshop is open to complete beginners and those with limited experience of tapestry weaving. You will be able to weave on a pre-warped frame. A combination of plain weave, shape building, blending and hatching will be used during the workshop. Caron will demonstrate techniques while offering a friendly environment to work in. By the end of the workshop students will take home a completed tapestry sample.
Please join us from 10:15am for a free talk in our Main Gallery.
To coincide with our season of textiles, we host shiftWorks in…
To coincide with our season of textiles, we host shiftWorks in our Mezzanine gallery. shiftWorks is a celebration of the shift dress; the first mainstream adoption of the shift dress was in 1965 and this touring exhibition highlights its importance. Twelve textile artists, designers and makers from seam, a textile collective, are creatively exploring their craft to showcase contemporary textile design using the shift dress as a canvas for their ideas.
Join artist Jane Bevan on a creative day of walking, collecting…
Join artist Jane Bevan on a creative day of walking, collecting and making in the Lincolnshire countryside. Enjoy a stroll around the local area and collect interesting examples of nature along the way. Spend the afternoon using your collection to make late summer artworks including golden garlands from leaves, berries and feathers, as well as fruit platters from hedgerow materials and mini artworks to take home.
For DF and non DF members.
£25 / £22 concession.
+44 (0)1529 308710
Sat 22 (Gallery drawing) and Sun 23 Oct (Textiles and the…
Sat 22 (Gallery drawing) and Sun 23 Oct (Textiles and the body), 10am-3pm.
Here & Now acts as the stimulus for this workshop where you will be guided through two days of sensitive observation and experimentation with materials to create new drawings.
Soft Engineering brings together the work of three well established textile…
Soft Engineering brings together the work of three well established textile artists for the first time; Deidre Wood, Alison Ellen and Ann Richards. Having pursued separate careers in knitting and weaving, the artists found many common threads that have inspired them to work together to create this joint exhibition. These makers are all vigorously engaged in experiment and are passionate about materials, processes and the new forms emerging from them. Despite employing different techniques and structures, they ﬁnd that their approaches interconnect and cross over in intriguing and sometimes surprising ways.
Each week babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers can have a go at…
Each week babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers can have a go at activities inspired by our exhibitions. This season we launch a new Tot’s Learning Box that families can use to explore Here & Now.
While you’re here, why not make use of our baby-friendly facilities. We have a bottle warmer and microwave in our baby feeding station in the cafe, and a baby changing facility downstairs. Look out for cafe offers on Tuesdays too.
Free, drop-in session, 0-4yrs
10am – 12 noon
Main gallery, NCCD
FREE, no need to book.
Every second Sunday of the month our intaglio print group meets…
Every second Sunday of the month our intaglio print group meets at NCCD to explore printing techniques and to develop new work for a range of exhibitions and projects.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
11 Sep, Sun 9 Oct, Sun 13 Nov, Sun 8 Jan
10am – 4pm
Fees apply, everyone welcome.
Try out intaglio print with Printers Inc. The group meet every…
Try out intaglio print with Printers Inc. The group meet every second Sunday of the month to explore printing techniques and develop new work. The taster day offers an opportunity for buddying printers, novices or expert, to meet the group and have a go. For more details email: email@example.com
First Tue of every month, 6.30-9pm NCCD is brought to life…
First Tue of every month, 6.30-9pm
NCCD is brought to life every first Tuesday of the month with a potent mix of local musicians and writers.
First Tuesday of every month
Tue 3 May, 5 Jul, 2 Aug, 6 Sep
6.30 – 9pm
Free, everyone welcome.
For more information please call 01529 308710
Learn the basics of silversmithing in this popular workshop that teaches…
Learn the basics of silversmithing in this popular workshop that teaches soldering, sawing, hammering, joining, polishing, and finishing to create your own jewellery piece. Basic materials included.
NCCD is seeking artist facilitators to propose unique and exciting curriculum…
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
Join us for our young people’s group and create artwork and…
Join us for our young people’s group and create artwork and events at NCCD. There will be exciting opportunities throughout the year to work with artists and members of the public. Bring your ideas and take ownership of your young people’s group. Supported by LOV young people’s programme – www.lincolnshireonevenues.com.
Free for young people aged 12 – 25 years
Term time only
Here and Now will be opening 1 Oct – 15 Jan 2017…
Here and Now will be opening 1 Oct – 15 Jan 2017 and is an internationally selected tapestry exhibition which demonstrates the diversity of approaches within contemporary tapestry.
Alongside the British tapestry weavers, the exhibition will feature those from Australia, Denmark, Finland, Japan and Lithuania. In this way the exhibition will demonstrate the breadth of international commitment to contemporary tapestry and the ways in which the narrative heritage of the medium is used to engage with political, aesthetic and personal issues of current discourse.
The pack (free to download – see right) details cross-curricular project ideas and themes to inform prior to and during your visit. We are currently planning our special bespoke offers to complement the exhibition which will be available to school groups/group visits.
If you would like more information or to book a visit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 01529 308710.
We are flexible to every schools needs so please get in touch to discuss your specific requirements and needs.
Learn how to make a warp and set up a backstrap…
Learn how to make a warp and set up a backstrap loom in this innovative approach to weaving. Perfect for making bracelets, table mats and wall hangings.
The National Centre for Craft & Design and Design Factory present…
The National Centre for Craft & Design and Design Factory present a comprehensive and ongoing programme of training and development opportunities for both Design Factory members and the wider creative community. Delivered by experienced and knowledgeable facilitators, the sessions cover a wide range of topics tailored to meet the needs of creative practitioners.
All sessions will take place at The National Centre for Craft & Design unless stated otherwise. Light refreshments are included. For full day sessions you are welcome to bring your own lunch or dine in our café.
Book your place by ringing: 01529 308710
If you would like to create an exhibition at NCCD, there are
three ways to share your ideas with us:
Meet the Curator.
Our curatorial team is on hand to offer support and guidance if
you have an exhibition proposal or an idea that you want to share
To book a slot please contact us via email: email@example.com or by telephone: 01529 308710.
If you have an exhibition in mind that you would like us to consider please download our information pack:
Exhibit With Us
Please email your completed proposal to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a designer/maker seeking critical feedback on your work…
If you are a designer/maker seeking critical feedback on your work or if you are a recent graduate seeking guidance about your development as a creative practitioner, then this for you!
Book a free 45 minute one-to-one session with one of Design Factory’s resident craft and design experts and receive advice on product development and exhibiting or selling work.
These sessions are suitable for everyone at any stage of business and creative practice and offer vital advice and critical feedback to guide ongoing development and growth.
Have you been inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee? If…
Have you been inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee? If you’ve got a sewing project on the go then pop along for tea, chat, advice and guidance with our textile expert Emma Ronald
Mon 3 Oct – Zip Tips – Take the fear out of zips and test your skills on a simple zipped and lined pouch or invisible cushion cover
Mon 7 Nov – Bias Cuts – Challenge yourself with a fun knicker project to help you understand this simple useful dressmaking method
Mon 5 Dec – Piping and binding – Perfect your edges and practise a neater finish with a simple pin cushion, or go large with a bolster or floor cushion project (festive theme optional!)
Mon 9 Jan – Using a Pattern – Start the New Year with a new project in this jargon busting session aimed at getting you going on your own. Either bring your own bought pattern, or use our simple a-line skirt or basic top.
Suitable for beginners and intermediates, bring your own machine
£12pp per session, £40 for 4 sessions
+44 (0)1529 308710
Join our curatorial team at NCCD for a day of insight into…
Join our curatorial team at NCCD for a day of insight into the process involved in planning, curating and managing the exhibition programme.
If you are a maker, artist or potential curator, come along to receive feedback on your exhibition ideas and have your questions answered by our experienced team.
For DF and Non-DF members, £5 pp
+44 (0)1529 308710
To follow on from Design Factory’s successful Synchronise project and exhibition…
To follow on from Design Factory’s successful Synchronise project and exhibition we are continuing to promote the idea of collaboration between designer makers. Join us for a fun day of sharing materials and skills – bring along a box of materials, found objects and a sketchbook and begin to explore ideas with another maker.
These workshops will take place at NCCD and at Unit Twelve Gallery to tie in with their Simpatico exhibition (also on the theme of collaboration).
DESIGN FACTORY MEMBERS ONLY
Thu 29 Sep, 10am – 4pm, NCCD
NCCD is proud to host and partner the annual Made in…
NCCD is proud to host and partner the annual Made in Sleaford expo which celebrates the importance and value of manufacturing, design and engineering in the town.
Free, everyone welcome
Spend the day with Fashion and Textile Lecturer Sarah Elliott and…
Spend the day with Fashion and Textile Lecturer Sarah Elliott and experiment with textile techniques (snacks & drinks included).
With funding from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, we are excited to…
With funding from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, we are excited to bring two of Here & Now’s featured artist’s to the UK this season. Ayako Matsumura and Saori Sakai will explore Here & Now in detail and help you to create a miniature tapestry. Day 1 will be dedicated to Schools and Day 2 will be open to the public.
For all school enquiries email email@example.com
NCCD has teamed up with the Alzheimers Society to offer workshops…
NCCD has teamed up with the Alzheimers Society to offer workshops to local Dementia carehomes to create memory tapestries. We’ll also be offering free dementia friends training to all.
Free, no need to book, all ages
Mon 21 Nov
Go back to basics and explore how to draw working from…
Go back to basics and explore how to draw working from a life model. Artist Martyn Blundell will challenge your way of thinking and defy traditional methods of drawing.
£49pp, materials and lunch included, 16yrs+
Explore the themes of our Here & Now exhibition through designing…
Explore the themes of our Here & Now exhibition through designing and making in this family workshop aimed to children, young people and families.
Free, drop-in session, 5-16yrs
Visit Made in Sleaford, grab a sketchbook and help us create…
Free, drop-in session, all ages welcome
Join the Soft Engineering textile artists for an in depth symposium…
Join the Soft Engineering textile artists for an in depth symposium in the Roof Gallery. The session features a discussion about their collaborative approach and a demonstration of how a bracelet can shape itself during the wet finishing process and is followed by a Q&A.
+44 (0)1529 308710
Interested in making your own clothes or want to learn how…
Interested in making your own clothes or want to learn how to follow a pattern? In this fast paced one day workshop you will make your very own swinging shift dress! Bring your own fabric and sewing machine (if you have one). Suitable for beginners and intermediates.
Celebrating twenty years’ of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ), 20:20…
Celebrating twenty years’ of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ), 20:20 Visions shows the best of contemporary jewellery and conveys progression in design and techniques over the last twenty years. To mark the anniversary, ACJ has invited twenty of its most prominent and innovative members to exhibit work from 1997 alongside a new piece. The exhibition also features a number of works from members selected by a prominent panel of advisors. ACJ currently has 500 members so this exhibition promises much in terms of range of materials, new technologies, techniques and methods of construction.
Drop into our mezzanine every day and have a go at…
Drop into our mezzanine every day and have a go at embellishing a shift dress from the Shiftworks collective
Free, drop-in session, all ages
Its Gifted’s 5th anniversary and to mark the occasion we’re throwing…
Its Gifted’s 5th anniversary and to mark the occasion we’re throwing open our doors with a NEW TWO DAY contemporary Christmas craft and food market.
Free, everyone welcome
Join us for an action packed weekend of Christmas festivities. Take…
Join us for an action packed weekend of Christmas festivities. Take part in our Christmas Craft Trail and make some handmade gifts including a guild Christmas decoration or up-cycled plate.
Free, drop-in session, all ages
In partnership with the University of Lincoln we present our first…
In partnership with the University of Lincoln we present our first exhibition exploring 3D printing technology. The exhibition themed the good, the bad and the beautiful will encourage audiences to discover 3D printing technology and the production process that opens up new creative possibilities, including enabling the maker movement. It is easy to get swept up in the benefits of 3D printing but this technology also has some negative impacts, which the exhibition will consider.
This collection of jewellery is the culmination of a two year…
This collection of jewellery is the culmination of a two year MA in Contemporary Craft at Nottingham Trent University by Alys Power. The project is a personal exploration of family history, people and memories combining elements of modern digital manufacture with hand making. The juxtaposition of modern manufacture techniques and nostalgic imagery and themes exposes and explores questions of individuality and multiplicity, uniqueness, worth and value. Exploiting the ability of contemporary technologies to replicate precise copies and to multiply elements has resulted in a body of work where pieces are the same but different; in singles and multiples, groups and individuals, one and many.
Seeds of Memory looks back over Michael Brennand-Wood’s 40 year career,…
Seeds of Memory looks back over Michael Brennand-Wood’s 40 year career, exhibiting retrospective pieces such as Archive and The Art of Stitch alongside 9 new specially commissioned works by The National Centre for Craft & Design. The New World series was created for touring and has allowed Michael to explore the seeds of his own creativity. We are delighted to present a newly curated version of Seeds of Memory at The Broadway Gallery in Letchworth.
Letchworth Garden City,
2 The Arcade,
NCCD Touring Exhibition ‘Here and Now’ will be the first major…
NCCD Touring Exhibition
‘Here and Now’ will be the first major exhibition of international contemporary tapestry for over 20 years, curated by Lesley Millar in partnership with NCCD.
Showing at NCCD from 1 October 2016 to 15th January 2017.
Available for hire from February 2017.
NCCD Touring Exhibition ‘Black Sheep: The Darker Side of Felt’ comprises…
NCCD Touring Exhibition
‘Black Sheep: The Darker Side of Felt’ comprises of seven felt artists from across Europe and North America pushing this versatile and ancient material to its limits; creating wild costumes and sinister or delicate objects that defy our expectations of traditional feltmaking.
Visitor comment: “Wonderful exhibition, so much more inspiring than the usual felted flowers or bags. Worth the 50 mile trip to see!”
Keep up to date on where the show is touring to and when by visiting our Black Sheep blog: www.blacksheepfelt.wordpress.com
20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe 9 Jul- 29 Oct 2016
2017: Beacon Museum, Whitehaven 8 May – 2 July 2017.
‘Furniture: Methods of Making’ consists of eight specially commissioned films that…
‘Furniture: Methods of Making’ consists of eight specially commissioned films that explore contemporary furniture design and the artists behind it. The films shine a light into the artists’ studios, demonstrating their use of conventional hand-crafting techniques alongside modern technologies. The films have been made in collaboration with the University of Lincoln to capture the artists’ ways of working, thinking, planning and construction.
For more information on this exhibition please download the Touring Pack or don’t hesitate to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Films available for hire.
‘The Other Mountain’ is an innovative jewellery exhibition celebrating contemporary Chinese jewellers. For…
Local jeweller Andrew Poole will introduce the basics of Silversmithing in…
Download our free Cause and Effect Education Pack . The exhibition will…
Download our free Cause and Effect Education Pack . The exhibition will be opening 18 June – 18 Sep 2016.
There are special bespoke offers available alongside the exhibition including quilt making, manga & comic and a ‘Chain reaction’ construction workshop. The pack also details cross-curricular project ideas and themes to inform prior to and during your visit.
If you would like more information or to book a visit, please contact email@example.com or call Caroline directly on 01529 308718.
We are flexible to every schools needs so please get in touch so we can discuss any specific requirements.