20-21 Visual Arts Centre

21 Visual Arts Centre
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20-21 is a contemporary visual arts centre located in the centre of Scunthorpe.

The arts centre has a regularly changing programme of contemporary art and craft exhibitions. There are five exhibition spaces, including the impressive Nave gallery inside the former St. John's church and an outdoor sculpture courtyard.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Tue-Sat 1000-1600
Cafe open 1000-1500 (until 1600 weekends)

Closed: Bank Holiday Mondays

Admission charges


Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

We Are Not Alone

  • 23 January — 3 April 2016 *on now

We Are Not Alone is a group exhibition curated by web-artist Michael Szpakowski. The exhibition features emerging makers that utilise the internet in their work, alongside artists that have been working with the internet since its early days.

The idea of WEB 2.0 is the central theme of You Are Not Alone and Michael is especially interested in artists (and the web community) recycling and remixing content to create new possibilities and meanings. The show will also feature works created by a web audience, through a competition where participants are invited to ‘re-mix’ works in the exhibition (which in turn will become part of the exhibition themselves).

Artists in We Are Not Alone: Ruth Catlow, Robert Croma, Empress of Blandings, Doran Golan, Michael Szpakowski, Liz Sterry

You Are Not Alone has been produced in partnership with Furtherfield, London and is supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England.



Tabitha Moses: Investment

  • 30 January — 14 May 2016 *on now

Tabitha Moses’ work explores personal and collective histories, often through the creation of delicate sculptural objects that combine stitch and embroidery with found objects and materials. For this exhibition Tabitha presents a series of works that tell stories of relationships and birth.

In an artwork that was presented as part of the prestigious Liverpool Art Prize - three hand embroidered white hospital gowns give an intimate insight into the artist’s own experience of fertility treatment, and that of two other women, while In Vitro remembers the astonishing sight of embryos floating in the cosmos of a Petri dish - viewed during two unsuccessful cycles of IVF.

Also on display is an artwork created by Tabitha while she was ‘artist in residence’ at 20-21 in 2007 - Bride and Groom uses wedding photographs from couples who married in the former St John’s Church to make a series of memorial objects.



Re-Making the Past - Six contemporary makers respond to inspiration from prehistory

  • 27 February — 23 April 2016

Re-Making the Past brings together a group of artists who have developed exciting new work that reflects a common root in a fascination with the ancient past. They will focus on themes that forge links across the visual arts and archaeology, inspired by sources including Bronze Age artefacts and Neolithic sites.

Established artists Mary Butcher, Susan Kinley, Helen Marton, Syann van Niftrik and Wright and Teague (Gary Wright and Sheila Teague) will bring together sculptural work in natural fibres, metal, resin and ceramics with wall based installations in enamels, glass and textiles.

Co-curated by Susan Kinley, glass artist and Devon Guild of Craftsmen Member and Saffron Wynne, Devon Guild of Craftsmen Exhibitions Manager. Remaking the past is a touring exhibition from Devon Guild of Craftsmen.



20-21 Visual Arts Centre
Church Square
DN15 6TB


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