NCCD is committed to supporting learning for all ages.  We have a variety of craft and design workshops and events throughout each season.

We can work with you to develop a bespoke craft and design workshop that meets your specific creative or curriculum needs.

All workshops can involve a talk and tour around our galleries, along with activities designed to accompany the current exhibitions.    

For more information or to book, please contact the learning team on 01529 308718 or email

We welcome all educational groups of all ages

Visiting The National Centre for Craft & Design is a fantastic opportunity to learn not only in context but by personal engagement and discovery. Visitors are able to explore contemporary craft and design of national and international significance by investigation, exploring techniques and processes, critical thinking and an organised practical activity.

Taking inspiration from our upcoming exhibition Body & Mind: Seen & Unseen, we have the following workshops available:



Sculpture inspired by Body & Mind: Seen & Unseen

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Working with materials to create 3-D objects encourages children to develop their skills in creative problem solving and to explore the relationship between material and space. Using Laura Youngson-Coll concept of cells under the microscope as inspiration we will design through making, transforming recycled paper & a variety of materials using stitch, sticking, layering and sculpting into a three dimensional form at NCCD.

£220 for a 4 hour session

Key Stage 1, 2 or 3

Slow Stitch


Taking inspiration from Japanese Sashiko (a form of decorative reinforcement stitching) & Boro (Japanese ancient art of mending textiles, literally translated as rags or scraps of cloth) methods , pupils will learn stitching techniques and applique skills to create a sampler/ coaster. The repetitive motion of slow stitching can help calm and relax the mind, increase fine motor skills and the development of creativity and patience.

£120 for a 2 hours session

Key Stage 1,2 or 3

Creative Careers Talk

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Join our NCCD team for an insight into the roles and processes involved in planning, curating and managing the artistic and talent development programmes at The National Centre for Craft & Design and Design-Nation.  

This session will include a gallery tour focusing on how exhibitions and works are selected with a particular emphasis on the current exhibitions at the Centre. Meet the Design-Nation team and hear their professional advice and guidance on developing your portfolio, exhibiting your work, and becoming a graduate member of their national network. You will also hear about some of the job roles across our organisation.

£2 per student

Wed 11 Mar & 1 April , 11am-12.30pm

Core Offer - Printmaking Workshop

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As an ongoing option throughout the year, we work with locally-based artist Harriott Brand, to deliver a printmaking workshop. Various printmaking options are available, including mono, lino or collagraph printing techniques.

This session works well if the pupils are working on a specific theme at school and want to explore it in more detail with different media. Schools can either bring their own inspiration with them if they are following a specific topic, or can be inspired by our current programme of exhibitions and showcases.

£220 for 4 hour workshop

Key Stage 1,2,3 or 4

Core Offer - Move.Mind.Make


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Move.Mind.Make workshops give children an opportunity to explore mindfulness and creativity through dance and movement. Sessions are designed to develop healthy minds and bodies through child friendly yoga based activities, breathing techniques, relaxation and a chance to make and create dance together.

Combine your Move.Mind.Make sessions with a gallery tour. Using reflection and meditation exercise to engage with the exhibition the tour.

£120 per session

All Key Stages


All offers are subject to availability of the artists.

All prices + VAT.

All workshops include a tour of the exhibition and are adaptable for different age groups and group sizes. Workshops are suitable for all abilities. For prices and availability please contact or ring 01529 308 710

Artsmark Partner

The NCCD is proud to be working in partnership with schools and educational settings who are working towards or are currently on an Artsmark journey to embed arts and culture across the curriculum.

Artsmark is a creative quality standard awarded by Arts Council England, recognising commitment in high quality arts and cultural education.

We can offer the following:

  • The Learning programme at NCCD is written with cross-curricular learning opportunities in mind and meets the learning objectives across the Key Stages.
  • NCCD gives the ‘wow-factor’ of art with our stimulating opportunities available through the vibrant education and public learning programmes.
  • Provides authentic opportunities offering real-world challenges to learners with the range of learning opportunities available.
  • Deliver Arts Award (Discover, Explore, Bronze & Silver)
  • Personal progression opportunities for children and young people.
  • The team at NCCD engages young people, placing them at the heart of programming.
  • Community projects/events that children and young people can access in North Kesteven
  • Signposting to creative opportunities and experts locally, regionally and nationally
  • Specialised art projects for children and young people in the North Kesteven area (e.g. Festivals, public arts projects, etc.)
  • Talks and visits in school about career progression in the arts in the North Kesteven area
  • Talk with the Learning Team at NCCD to help you create your ambition and vision for Artsmark in your school and let us help support you on your journey.
  • Delivers exciting, inspiring and engaging programme that will help you to maximize the number of ‘ways-in’ for learners of different abilities and learning styles.