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 boasts a main gallery and smaller interactive spaces that showcase an ever-changing programme of up to 20 exhibitions each year, from the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists to new and emerging talent.  

Following a merger with artsNK in 2018, NCCD now offers enriching arts and cultural experiences across North Kesteven through a dynamic multi-arts programme of exhibitions, festivals, events, performances, community arts projects, retail and education initiatives.

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.

NCCD, artsNK and Design-Nation are all operated by Lincs Inspire.

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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 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 and Programme Manager, Marion Sander.

All photos: Scott Murray