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Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 Dec 2017, 10am to 4pm
Then National Centre for Craft and Design's contemporary Christmas market returns this December kicking off an exciting programme of seasonal activities. Following on from the success last year, they open their doors for a two-day event and what promises to be the best Gifted yet.
For those who are new to Gifted, it’s a weekend of high-quality craft, live music, entertainment, family workshops, demonstrations, and local specialist produce. The event offers the perfect shopping opportunity for unique hand-made gifts and food, as well as plenty of live entertainment and festive fun for the whole family.
During this special advent weekend, specialist local food from the region and makers from across the UK will descend on Sleaford for the biggest Gifted Contemporary Christmas Market ever.
This year they’ll be hosting FREE exciting and educational workshops aimed at families. Activities include; learning how to create forced perspective images, exploring the building through a Christmas craft trail, making your very own festive ornament using a 3D printing pen and visitors will also get the opportunity to make their own personalised handcrafted gift using decals to decorate ceramic crockery!
Visitors who feel inspired by the FREE Gifted workshops and exhibitions are also invited to join We Are Saved By Loss artist Naseem Darbey on Sat 16 Dec, 10am-4pm, for a fabric manipulation workshop which includes creating ‘Hollow Drawings’ that Naseem has become synonymous with.
Since its inception, Gifted has grown into a landmark event attracting over 5000 shoppers and visitors in 2016 from far and wide. At NCCD, they pride themselves in providing the highest standard of craft and food makers to ensure a unique Christmas shopping experience. NCCD are proud to be working in partnership with Design Factory and Design-Nation to present our largest ever market in 2017.
Gifted 17 will take over Navigation Wharf in Sleaford over the weekend of Sat 9 and Sun 10 Dec from 10am to 4pm both days.
Staying with Lady Gaga, we also present some of her shoe designers, Kobi Levi and Kermit Tesoro. Levi’s ‘Double Boot’ was used in the ‘Born this Way’ music video whilst Tesoro is also known for his headline grabbing heel-less shoes and towering wedge boots for French-born designer, Florian Jayet, an intern for the late Alexander McQueen.
We take our hats off to London based Bundle MacLaren who shot to fame in 2011 after designing a dozen hats for the Royal Wedding and are lucky to have examples from world renowned milliner, Stephen Jones. For anyone with a sweet tooth, Shoe Bakery will definitely tempt your sweet side, bringing style and whimsy to the world of women’s shoes with unique cupcake, ice cream and cinnamon bun designs.
No show of this nature would be complete without iconic design examples – the towering Union Jack boots worn by Spice Girls, Geri Halliwell and the continuing impact of innovators like Bjork, presented through the work of fashion designer and collaborator with the musician, Marlou Breuls.
We continue our ongoing relationship with artist Grace Du Prez and welcome Vogue featured H E I D I L E E - also using 3D Printing technology. Made in the Middle jeweller, Dauvit Alexander, will show more iron ore and steel pieces inspired by when men more freely wore elaborate and beautiful jewellery.
Primarily about letting the imagination fly, celebrating individualism and self-expression the show also considers environmental and ethical questions and the issues of authenticity and style.
Saturday 24 June, 12 – 4pm
Waddington Village Hall & Redwood Community Centre (free vintage bus running between locations)
Waddington residents are currently delving into their history and sharing memories as part of the Heritage Lottery funded Ridges & Furrows project, which aims to celebrate local heritage and explore what makes this part of Lincolnshire distinct.
The Waddington stage of the Ridges & Furrows project will feature a special event, ‘Portraits and Places: A Waddington Celebration’ taking place at Waddington Village Hall and Redwood Community Centre, on Saturday 24th June. This free, family-friendly summer celebration will feature an exhibition of Waddington portraits created by artists Simon Grennan & Christopher Sperandio, together with their images of special places around Waddington (inspired by memories of the people who live and work there). The event will also include a bird of prey display, bouncy castle, face-painting, a guided walk and vintage bus between the two venues.
Artist duo Grennan & Sperandio were selected to work on the Ridges & Furrows project earlier this year. Since April, Simon Grennan has been working alongside project historian Dave Reeves, to deliver a range of different activities in the village, including conversations, drawing and walking, that help to share people’s knowledge and understanding of local history and personal stories. Grennan & Sperandio’s ‘pop-up’ portraits of Waddington residents will be appearing in shops, cafes and businesses around the village in June ahead of the final exhibition at the Portraits & Places event.
Grennan & Sperandio are also developing permanent artwork for the village inspired by their research, supported by Arts Council England Lottery funding awarded to Waddington Parish Council. The final artworks will form part of the planned Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage trail linking The National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford with the Terry O’Toole Theatre in North Hykeham and passing through many villages and places of interest along the way including Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, the Knight’s Templar Preceptory at Temple Bruer as well as Mrs Smith’s Cottage in Navenby.
To find out more about the Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage Project visit www.ridgesandfurrowstrail.org
Craftspace present a wealth of talented makers from across the Midlands at The National Centre for Craft & Design
From 13 May – 9 Jul 2017, Craftspace’s contemporary craft exhibition Made in the Middle, will be on show at the The National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford. Made in the Middle is a recurring touring exhibition of high quality contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands. The eighth in the series, the exhibition provides a great opportunity to purchase and commission work from some of the best makers in the region.
Made in the Middle is part of Craftspace’s 30th anniversary programme and is a partnership between Craftspace and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in collaboration with The National Centre for Craft & Design.
Featuring both recent graduates and makers with established reputations, there is a wealth of creativity on display, including ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and textiles. Selected by an expert panel through open entry, it promotes the best of contemporary craft from makers living and working in the Midlands or with a strong recent regional connection.
28 makers have been selected by a panel of curators and craft sector specialists. The makers offer an insight into the skill, creativity and innovative practice within the region.
Selected exhibitors include jeweller Dauvit Alexander who creates striking jewellery for men combining found materials and precious gemstones, Aimee Bollu who also takes inspiration from found items which she combines with beautiful minimal ceramic vessels, John Grayson who uses traditional metal forming and enamel decorating processes to create whimsical, humorous and decorative metal objects and Karina Thompson who pushes the boundaries of digital embroidery.
The exhibition will continue its tour to major galleries across the Midlands into 2018 raising the profile of regional makers and giving them the opportunity to sell their work to regional and national collectors. Visitors are encouraged to consider commissioning new work from local makers and a range of more affordable work will be available to buy, whether your budget is a few pounds or a thousand pounds.
A new website celebrating 30 years of Made in the Middle has recently launched. The online exhibition features 30 makers from almost 250 who have exhibited during the 30 year history of the exhibition and draws on the wealth of resources created to tell the story of Made in the Middle from 1988 to the present. madeinthemiddle.org
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