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Showcasing excellence, sustainability and diversity

This exhibition captures important milestones in the evolution of Design-Nation’s portfolio of leading contemporary designer-makers from across the UK. A showcase of diverse material-led practices, Our Journey emphasises excellence and beauty of design and craftsmanship, and highlights the sector’s increasingly committed focus on innovative ways to address sustainability and embrace ethical making. The exhibition is being hosted by our sister gallery, The Hub, in Lincolnshire.

Our Journey features 25 individual designer-makers from the Design-Nation portfolio, working in ceramics, digital technologies, glass, leather, metal, repurposed materials, textile and wood. Exhibits include 2D artworks, decorative vessels, jewellery, lighting, mosaics, quilting, throws and sculptures.

Scroll down to access the catalogue, explore the events programme, browse  participating makers, and find out more about our themes.

And if you can’t make it to Sleaford, there’s a virtual tour.

Design-Nation: Our Journey

The Hub - Sleaford, NG34 7TW

29 January - 24 April 2022

There is a lively programme of events for all ages, both for craft professionals and the public as a whole: talks, workshops, panel discussions, portfolio reviews and masterclasses. Many events take place at The Hub but there are also virtual events for those further away. Find out more here. Browse the Exhibitors and download the catalogue. Find out more here about the exhibition's three themes (Excellence, Sustainability, Diversity) and how designer/makers have responded to them - through text, images and films by R&A Collaborations. And read about the opening event, as seen by our guest blogger and brand ambassador Barbara Chandler. All photos are courtesy the exhibitors. Photos of the exhibition at The Hub by Scott Murray. This exhibition is a collaborative project, with curatorial, education and marketing staff drawn from both Design-Nation and The Hub. Our amazing suppliers include Ashleigh Armitage of, Bee3D Ltd, Newspaper Club, R&A Collaborations, Scott Murray and Sleaford Woodwork Ltd.