We are the largest venue in England entirely dedicated to the exhibition, celebration, support and promotion of national and international contemporary craft and design.

Under one roof, our five gallery spaces showcase up to 20 world-class exhibitions every year from the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists to new and emerging talent.

Our stimulating learning programme inspires people of all ages, skills and interest levels and our shop is a cultural haven for the latest contemporary handmade products.

We are also home to Design-Nation, one of the UK’s leading professional development organisations for British designer-makers and artsNK, the country’s largest rural arts development agency that specialises in visual and performing arts projects.

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History

We became the National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD) just a few years ago back in 2011, but our history goes back a lot further than this. Prior to our NCCD rebrand, we spent nine years as The Hub, after transferring from The Pearoom in Heckington which was turned into a heritage, craft and tourism centre for the village in the 1970’s. 

Until our move to Sleaford in 2003, our current home was a seed warehouse from 1939 to 1972 and a storage area thereafter.

Learn more about our long and rich history as a champion of craft and design here.

People

People are at the heart of everything we do and care about here at NCCD, from everyone who engages with our programme, artists who inspire us, volunteers who give up their time and staff who make our events, workshops and exhibitions possible.

Throughout NCCD we are lucky to have a dedicated, talented and knowledgeable team who genuinely care about the organisation and what it stands for. Every member of the NCCD team is constantly striving to provide the best visitor experience possible and at the forefront of that is  our Director, Clare Edwards.

At NCCD we’re also grateful to work closely in partnership with Design-Nation and artsNK, organisations who are also based in the NCCD building and operated by Lincs Inspire.