Image: Cut Mill by Danica Maier

In addition to the multi-arts programme run at NCCD, we are also a hub for arts and cultural activities taking place throughout the North Kesteven district. Our specialist team works with artists, communities and partners to develop bespoke outreach projects, taking people through each stage of project development including creative consultation, research, project planning, fundraising and participatory activity right through to artwork production and celebration/showcase events.

For more information about our community events or to get involved email

Current Outreach Projects

No Wrong Way
Artist Charlotte Tupper will lead arts activities with Church Lane Primary School showing there’s ‘no wrong way’ to be creative. Funded by The Johnson & Mukherjee Trust.

Front Room Art Club
This project will enable people feeling lonely, isolated or house-bound to learn new creative skills. Participants can take part from their own homes, with support, to create an artwork for a special showcase at NCCD. Funded by Lincolnshire County Council.

Mrs Smith’s Cottage
We are working with Design Nation member Nicki Jarvis on her artist residency at Mrs Smith’s Cottage in Navenby, which sits along the Ridges & Furrows Trail (see below). The cottage, which is due to reopen later this year, is a rare time capsule into a bygone era. Its largely unaltered state and long-term resident, the eponymous Mrs Smith, provide a fascinating insight into how people used to live. Nicki Jarvis is responding to Mrs Smith’s life, her diaries and her village, with participatory activity and new artworks that will delicately reflect her thoughts and ethics.

Image: Nicki Jarvis Collaborative Rag Rug Making

Public Art Commissions
We have worked with many different communities to create and produce a fantastic range of public artwork – enriching everyday experiences in this rural part of the country. Many of the artworks sit within the numerous art and heritage walking and village trails that meander through North Kesteven.

Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage Trail
Ridges & Furrows is an arts & heritage trail linking The National Centre for Craft and Design with Whisby Nature Park via the Lincoln Edge. The trail has developed alongside a programme of cultural events and arts experiences exploring and celebrating communities, local heritage and the landscape across key locations along the route. You can find more information on the website about the sculptures by Grennan & Sperandio around the Waddington Heritage Trail and other projects.

Grennan & Speradio, Emblems, Waddington | Photo: Electric Egg
Image: Grennan & Speradio, Emblems, Waddington | Photo: Electric Egg

Download the Ridges & Furrows Trail Map

When in Sleaford… Arts & Heritage Trail
When in Sleaford… is an art trail inspired by the rich heritage of Sleaford. The trail features a series of beautiful bronze roundels, created by artist David Mackie, sited in pavements and on walls around the town. The artworks act as way-markers, mapping out pathways through and around Sleaford and signposting residents and visitors to other public artworks.

Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail
The Spires and Steeples trail, from Lincoln Cathedral to St Denys’ Church, Sleaford, brings together the rich history, heritage and local stories of the area. It has many beautiful artworks, churches, interesting landscapes and picturesque skies.

Photo: Electric Egg

Photo: Electric Egg

Photo: Electric Egg