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 is working with staff and year 5 pupils at Church Lane Primary School in Sleaford throughout the Autumn 2020 school term. Teacher CPD sessions will focus on different ways of using colour and mark-making, and the children are exploring basic materials found in school in new, creative ways. The premise is there is ‘No Wrong Way’ to be an artist! Everyone will be encouraged to take risks, experiment, be messy and have fun! The programme aims to increase wellbeing, build children’s confidence and to feel enjoyment of the process of making – without focusing on a specific outcome. The project has been funded by The Johnson & Mukherjee Trust.

Front Room Art Club
With £3,000 from Lincolnshire County Council’s Historic Places Funding, a new ‘COVID-19 response’ project will be delivered. The original funding/project will be delivered in the future which will involve more hands-on training for volunteer ‘friends’ and face-to-face visits.

The ‘Covid-19 response project’ will be delivered by artists Lee Sass. She will develop a creative activity (or series of activities) that people can take part in to make small, simple artworks from their own homes. The activity will target those who are isolating/shielding or house-bound for other mental or physical health reasons. Due to the heritage nature of this particular funding, artworks will be inspired by significant memories, or special places, encouraging people to think positively about their past and how it might relate to what they are experiencing now.

For more information or if you are interested in taking part in this project please email from mid August.

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.

FREE When in Sleaford trail maps and stickers can also be picked up from NCCD Thu-Sun, 10am-4pm.

Sleaford Civic Trust Heritage Trail

You can join in the trail at any of the locations mentioned below, but the recommended starting point is in Navigation Yard where you will also find Navigation House; this is the starting point for many of the walking trails in and around Sleaford and is an excellent source of local information.

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.

Hiring Facilities at NCCD

Ceramic Kiln Hire

Want to fire your pottery but have no kiln?

We are hiring our kiln to be used by individuals, schools and community groups.

The kilns dimensions are 60cm high x 40cm wide x 60cm deep.

£35 per firing

For more information contact or 01529 308 710

Photo: Electric Egg

Photo: Electric Egg

Photo: Electric Egg