Touring Exhibitions


The National Centre for Craft & Design reaches new audiences with its touring exhibitions. 2013 marked the first decade of our operation and touring has been an essential part of our activities from almost the beginning. Our high quality, accessible shows have been seen by over 100,000 people in thirty venues across England, Wales, France and Poland, both in art galleries, and less conventional venues: a hotel, a lifeboat museum, artists' studios and a trade fair. NCCD Touring exhibitions are primarily toured to galleries and museums, but we are keen to find new and unusual venues where great and inspiring art can be shown to new audiences, such as festivals, conferences and other special events.

If you are interested in finding out more about any of our existing or planned exhibitions, or discussing partnership working, please contact us: [email protected]


Alexis Rago

Our exhibition "Alexis Rago: Chaos Contained" is now on tour. Rago is an exciting artist who uses ceramics to create dramatic and unusual forms that celebrate and confront theories around art and science, covering diverse subject matter, such as fossils, ritualistic objects and biological theory. His work is dramatic in scale and some times incorporates sound and moving images.

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The exhibition can be seen at the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham from 7 January to 1 March 2014. For visiting information click here.

Our partnership jewellery exhibition continues the Australian leg of its tour. Curated by Professor Norman Cherry of the University of Lincoln, this beautifully presented show explores experiences and ideas around migration and change.

The tour programme follows. Please check individual venues for opening times.
Webb Gallery, Queensland College of Art
226 Grey Street, South Bank, Brisbane, QLD 4101
12 December - 1 February 2014 (gallery closes for two weeks at Christmas)

Macquarie University Art Gallery
Faculty of Arts, Building E11A at the end of Eastern Rd, Macquarie University, NSW 2109
7 February - 16 May

Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre
180 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601
29 May - 12 July 2014

Craft Victoria
31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
1-31 August 2014

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart
Dunn Place, Hobert 7000
19 September - 23 November


Bathing Beauties:
Re-imagining the Beach Hut for the 21st Century
This celebration of architectural design and flights of fancy has almost concluded its UK tour, but there is one touring slot available in spring-summer 2014. Over 100 scale models form a lively show whose design evokes elements of the seaside, and less obvious references: Victorian and Art Deco architecture, Airstream caravans, Nissan huts and Star Wars.

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View the bathing beauties promotional film here


Creating a Scene (available from mid September 2014)

Visual artists and designers have a history of crossing over into theatre and performance. There is much in common: creating a sense of place and touching our feelings and thoughts with stagings and effects suggesting other worlds and experiences to us, that we may not be able to experience in our own lives. Creating a Scene takes us through the theatre curtains to explore rich and dramatic approaches to theatre and film design by bringing together work by leading international artists. The exhibition includes the sketchbooks of avant garde filmmaker Derek Jarman; painter Howard Hodgkins' original artworks for ballet; and artefacts and traces of performance work by provocateur Franko B, amongst many other artists.

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Black Sheep: the darker side of felt (available from mid 2015)
Felt is made of wool, and so is warm and comforting. Or is it? This exhibition explores the darker side of felt, with artists from the UK and beyond investigating the more disturbing and dramatic forms that this age old material can take.

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