20-21 Visual Arts Centre

20-21 Visual Arts Centre
Church Square
DN15 6TB


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20-21 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.
Installation detail, Cullinan Richards

Cullinan Richards - The Ultimate Materiality of Women Part III

  • 18 January — 26 April 2014 *on now

Connect10 is a national programme to allow galleries and museums across the UK the opportunity to host world-class contemporary artists during the annual Museums at Night event.

In May 2013, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre were selected by public vote to be one of 10 winning venues and hosted artist duo Cullinan Richards for a one night only event featuring large-scale installations, interventions, live boxing, go-go dancing and chips!

The Ultimate Materiality of Women Part III is a follow-up project in which the artists have worked with local video production studio Know Media to create a new moving-image artwork from over 9000 photographs taken at the event. This will be presented alongside documentary footage of the event and new paintings produced by the artists to accompany the project.

Charlotte Cullinan and Jeanine Richards have worked together since 1997, working primarily within the area of painting, painting’s relationship to the structure of the exhibition, and painting as performance. They have instigated and participated in numerous projects including exhibitions, performances and events at the Hayward Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Whitney Biennial, Eastside Projects, John Moores Painting Prize and British Art Show 7.



Image of projection of church window from Vestiges of Sprituality installation

Museums At Night: Vestiges of Spirituality

  • 15 May 2014 4-8pm
  • 16 May 2014 10am-8pm

As part of Museums at Night at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Annabel McCourt, David Power, David Lancaster and Linda Ingham use sound, video projections and sculpture to respond to, and occupy the architectural features of the building. Vestiges of Spirituality is one of a series of temporary exhibitions by the artists, in places of religious worship across the Lincolnshire counties.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Image of artist Jessica Voorsanger in Star Trek uniform

Connect 10: Jessica Voorsanger's Sci-Fi Spectacular

  • 17 May 2014 5-11pm

As part of Connect 10, a national scheme to position leading artists in public venues across the UK for Museums at Night, artist Jessica Voorsanger presents a fancy dress Sci-Fi spectacular at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.

Get your black tie and suit out and join our marching band for a Men in Black parade through town (starting in the High Street at 5pm), then join us at 20-21 for Star-Trek karaoke, Stormtrooper life drawing, fancy dress making and much more. Relax with a drink in our Space Port Bar, take selfies in our alien landscape, or recreate the famous scene where Kirk gets buried by chirping tribbles!

Suitable for

  • Any age