The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford

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The National Centre for Craft & Design is an arts centre in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, which holds England's largest exhibition space for craft and design. It comprises space for galleries, teaching, and design workshops for designers in residence.The NCCD began as The Hub in 2003, in a converted Hubbard and Phillips company seed warehouse. In 2011 it changed to The National Centre for Craft & Design, funded by North Kesteven District Council and Arts Council England.The NCCD is part of Lincolnshire One Venues, aided by Lincolnshire Arts Trust to promote, and achieve funding for, ten arts centres within Lincolnshire.EventsIn 2011 the NCCD held an international competition for architects and artists to design beach huts for the Lincolnshire coast; entries came from North America, Europe and Asia in the form of scale models, the winning design being built full size.In January 2012 the Centre became a venue for an international touring exhibition, The Museum of Broken Relationships, with Croatian exhibits of personal relationship mementos.The NCCD co-curated, in collaboration with the Crafts Council and mac (Birmingham), the tri-annual Made in the Middle exhibition of contemporary design, held at the mac centre from February to April 2012. The Arts Council funded Design Factory announced that Made in the Middle would visit the NCCD from April to July 2012.
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  • This centre has a ground floor display of works for sale and these are of a high quality and of a wide range of materials. There is an area fitted out with children's seats and activities. On the nega...  more »
  • Entry is free and if you're stuck for ideas you can have a good wander about and look at some of the interesting work on display. There is a cafe downstairs which I didn't try and a balcony at the top...  more »
  • The coffee shop inside does great coffee and nice food. The Hub side of it I am not too sure about. Mainly as I am yet the find anything I would buy. They showcase different local designers talents. I...  more »
  • Great place to visit. Set in the town centre next to 2 small rivers, this is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours. Exhibition of 3D printed arts & crafts items and some material designs when we visited, but exhibitions change. Lovely café serving a good range of snacks. Polite, helpful & friendly staff. Car park is a council one and can get full easily.
  • A well stocked gift shop, selling arts and crafts by respected craftsmen. There is a coffee shop selling lights snack and a variety of beverages. The centre hosts exhibitions by a variety of up and coming artists, designers and craftsmen. Occasionally there are demonstrations and live performances. There are also educational facilities offering a variety of short courses from time to time
  • Viewing masterpiece of craft with free of charge is worth to visit. Sometes the exhibitions may not be your cup of tea, but you'll be impressed with artists' originality and skills.
  • Quirky cards and gift wrap, lovely gifts and trinkets, displays and talks and best of all the cafe.
  • Some of the most interesting exhibitions in the country. A real centre of excellence. Long may it continue.

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