Photo: Scott Murray

The National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire is the largest venue in England entirely dedicated to the exhibition, celebration and promotion of international national and local craft and design.

NCCD offers enriching arts and cultural experiences across North Kesteven through a dynamic multi-arts programme of exhibitions, festivals, events, performances, dance, community arts projects, retail and education initiatives.

We showcase up to 20 exhibitions each year, from the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists to new and emerging talent. Our creative 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 also have a fantastic cafe that is a great place to meet and enjoy locally produced homemade food and refreshments.

We are also home to Design-Nation, the UK’s leading portfolio network for craft, design and product.

In summer 2020, NCCD will be refurbished to include new gallery spaces, multi-use studios, enhanced conference and event facilities, and a larger cafe-bar and shop.

Find more information on Visiting us

Image: Staging Places, an exhibition by The Society of British Theatre Designers | Photo: Scott Murray

Get in touch

General enquiries — info@nccd.org.uk

To exhibit with us or for information about our exhibitions — exhibitions@nccd.org.uk

Book workshops & events or to stock in our shop — shop@nccd.org.uk

For school or group bookings — learning@nccd.org.uk

For press, advertising & marketing — marketing@nccd.org.uk

The National Centre for Craft and Design
Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford,
Lincolnshire, NG34 7TW

+44 (0) 1529 308 718


People are at the heart of everything we do and care about here at NCCD, from everyone who engages with our programme, the artists who inspire us, volunteers who give up their time and staff who make our programme 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 team is constantly striving to provide the best visitor experience possible and at the forefront of that is our Director, Clare Edwards and Programme Manager, Marion Sander.

Image: Clare Edwards, NCCD Director

Image: Programme Manager, Marion Sander


We became the National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD) back in 2011, but our history goes back a lot further than this. Prior to our NCCD re-brand, 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.

In 2018, artsNK merged with NCCD, bringing together staff, facilities, expertise and resources. The merger of artsNK and NCCD has seen the NCCD building become the home of an expanded multi-arts programme, delivering creative and cultural experiences across North Kesteven through a dynamic multi-arts programme of exhibitions, workshops and education initiatives, events, performances, community arts projects, festivals & retail.

North Kesteven’s arts development team was founded in 1995. A unique team of visual and performing arts specialists, artsNK initiated and supported creative projects across North Kesteven, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. Based at The National Centre for Craft & Design and working in villages and communities, the organisation provided specialist support and expertise to enrich community-based projects and allow more people to take part in meaningful and inspiring arts experiences.

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

Read about artsNK legacy here.

Photo: Electric Egg

Photo: Electric Egg