Celebrating Arts and Health 

National Centre for Craft and Design

11th January to 19th April 2020

This January at the National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD) in Sleaford, we are celebrating the healing powers and wellbeing boosts that the arts bring to our lives, in our new season of arts & health exhibitions and events.

From January to April, our gallery spaces will feature four outstanding exhibitions examining the relationship between arts & health, approached from a variety of perspectives. Alongside our exhibitions will be a new wide ranging programme of exciting workshops and events relating to the same theme, giving visitors a taste of how beneficial art can be for our physical and mental wellbeing.


At the heart of our arts & health season is a new exhibition, Body & Mind: Seen & Unseen, which has been curated by the NCCD team and features 12 artists and collaborators working in incredibly different ways, but all exploring what it means to be well. The exhibition explores themes covering memory loss, Parkinson’s disease, mental health and cellular disease, to name a few.

We also welcome three other arts & health inspired exhibitions; Charlotte Hodes: Remember Me - Papercuts and Ceramics, Liz Pearson: Sense of Self and Ellie Turner: Props for Play.

Learning Programme

Our learning programme reflects the broad theme of our arts & health season, showcasing and celebrating activities and practices that promote creativity and wellbeing. Across the season we’re delighted to welcome a new regular craft club, a vegan supper club evening, a spinner ring workshop, mindful creativity session, wood carving, creative textile workshop, the return of our weekly Dance for Parkinson’s sessions and a series of FREE arts and wellbeing activities including mindful stitch, singing for happiness and a human library workshop.

We are tremendously excited to present our new arts & health season at NCCD for the New Year. Our wide ranging programme has been carefully selected to offer thought provoking and imaginative artists’ responses to a central theme that touches all of us, whatever age or background. Apart from our excellent exhibitions on show there will be plenty of activities, tools and opportunities for participation to use creativity in support of our wellbeing. We anticipate in-depth conversations, exploring the value of the arts and its role to make us understand, belong and feel better.”

Marion Sander, NCCD Programme Manager

For further information about NCCD's Arts & Health Season, please visit https://nccd.org.uk/