About

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The Hub delivers an inspiring programme of contemporary craft, design, dance and creative arts experiences, in Sleaford, across North Kesteven and beyond.

Home to the national centre for craft and design, our celebrated exhibitions showcase contemporary artists and makers from around the world. Our shop stocks an ever-changing collection of handmade craft objects and design gifts, and our CaféBar is a great place to enjoy locally sourced specialty food and drink.

The Hub offers a dynamic learning programme of workshops, talks, classes, competitions, special events and performances for all people, ages and abilities. We deliver creative activities in schools, community & care settings and online; and we work with our communities & partners to coordinate participatory arts projects, events, festivals, celebrations and public commissions.

We’re also home to Design-Nation, the UK’s leading portfolio network for designers & makers of craft, design, and product.

The Hub is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, owned and supported by North Kesteven District Council and operated by Lincs Inspire Limited, a Lincolnshire based charity.

Image: Staging Places | Photo: Scott Murray

Get in touch

General enquiries — info@hub-sleaford.org.uk

For information about our exhibitions — exhibitions@hub-sleaford.org.uk

Book workshops & events or to stock in our shop — shop@hub-sleaford.org.uk

For school or group bookings — learning@hub-sleaford.org.uk

For press, advertising & marketing — marketing@hub-sleaford.org.uk

Hub
Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford,
Lincolnshire, NG34 7TW
+44 (0) 1529 308 710

History


Following a £1.2 million refurbishment in May 2021, we re-opened our doors following a year of disruption and closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Alongside a new look centre, we also renamed the centre to the Hub, while maintaining our status as a national centre for craft & design.

As the Hub, the centre now provides a multi-arts offer that incorporates a strong dance programme at the Hub and in the community of North Kesteven. The refurbishment saw us completely reshape and re-purpose the centre with new studio, workshop and gallery spaces on the ground floor, alongside an improved shop and cafe bar that now incorporates a stunning jetty seating area overlooking the River Slea.

Back in 2011 we became the National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD), 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.