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.
Natalie Finnemore, Sketch for installation, 2015

Drawing for Sculpture

  • 10 June — 14 October 2017 *on now

For many artists the disciplines of sculpture and drawing are inextricably linked. Some sculptors use drawing as a way of experimenting with ideas without the constraints of having to produce completed 3D objects, while other’s produce drawings as objects in themselves, embodying the same engagement with shape and material that they explore in their sculpture. Drawing for Sculpture features maker’s drawings across a wide variety of approaches, materials and techniques, accompanied by a series of maquettes and small sculptural objects in the gallery showcase.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Genetic Moo: Love in Idleness at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

Genetic Moo: Love in Idleness

  • 30 September 2017 — 20 January 2018

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, digital arts collective Genetic Moo have been running creative coding workshops across North Lincolnshire inspired by the classic play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Part of the Shake Shakespeare project (led by North Lincolnshire Libraries in partnership with Arts Development North Lincolnshire and Words Count), Love-in-Idleness is a colourful and vibrant interactive installation that springs into life with participant’s animated creations as viewers enter and move around the gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Woolly Spires at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

Woolly Spires

  • 30 September 2017 — 13 January 2018

In the past, many of the county’s churches were funded by wealthy landowners who made their fortune (quite literally) on the backs of the area’s iconic breed of sheep, the Lincolnshire Long Wool.

Since 2009, ArtsNK have brought together a range of community groups to create knitted versions of Lincolnshire churches, using the coat of the Lincolnshire Long Wool.

This exhibition features knitted versions of many well-known local churches, including St. Denys, Sleaford; St. Mary and St. Nicolas, Spalding; St. Botolph’s (the Stump), Boston; St. James’ Church, Louth; St. Wulfram’s Church, Grantham; and St. Mary’s Church (Stow Minster), Stow.

This project is funded by Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Annabel McCourt: Electric Fence at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

Annabel McCourt: Electric Fence

  • 7 October 2017 — 27 January 2018

Borders, barriers and warning signs have come to be a part of our everyday life. Still, are we being kept out, or is something being kept in?

Originally commissioned for Hull City of Culture 2017, 20-21 is excited to present Annabel McCourt’s bold, visceral installation Electric Fence. Created in collaboration with interactive audio and technology specialists Interact and Connect, this thought-provoking and confrontational piece encourages viewers to examine the perceptions, challenges and preconceptions that impact us all in modern life, and compels us to turn to face them. Inspired by homophobic hate speech and resonating with Donald Trump’s ‘wall’, Electric Fence is grim yet unforgettable, and provides a macabre and powerful reminder of our own wicked potential.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Seasons: A Get Crafty Showcase at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe. Photo credit: Les Monaghan

Seasons: A Get Crafty Showcase

  • 21 October 2017 — 24 March 2018

Get Crafty, our popular weekly session, offers creative crafts and artist-run activities for adults with additional needs. Throughout summer 2017, the group has been working with regionally based artists Dominic Heffer, Nicky Dillerstone and Les Monaghan to create a new installation in for our gallery showcase. This bright and vibrant exhibition promises to take visitors on a journey through all four seasons, with artworks from Get Crafty members that include painting, photography and sculpture.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Costume, Scunthorpe Carnival Arts Weekend

Carnival Costume Masterclass

  • 30 September 2017 From 10am

You will learn a range of carnival crafts, using techniques and materials seen on the costumes at East Midlands Caribbean Carnival as well as the Leeds West Indian and Notting Hill Carnival events.

Advanced booking required. To sign-up call 01724 297070 or email 20-21.epd@northlincs.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


£8 per person. Advanced booking required. To sign-up call 01724 297070 or email 20-21.epd@northlincs.gov.uk



20-21 Visual Arts Centre
Church Square
DN15 6TB


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01724 297070


01724 297080

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