20-21 Visual Arts Centre

20-21 Visual Arts Centre
Church Square
DN15 6TB


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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.

Tom Hackett: Shaggy-Dog Stories

  • 27 September 2014 — 14 March 2015 *on now

Tom Hackett presents an installation of 13 wheelbarrows containing yellow silicone rubber dog forms will be sited in the courtyard at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. This is the second part of his on-going project ‘shaggy dog stories’ and follows on from a series of ‘artist’ walks using the wheelbarrow based sculptures as a conversation trigger. During these walks Hackett has been collecting phrases and anecdotes from dog owners. These are being assembled into a free artwork in the form of a tabloid newspaper ‘shaggy dog stories’, to be published this autumn for visitors to take home and read.



The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt - Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants

  • 25 October 2014 — 21 February 2015 *on now

20-21 Visual Arts Centre has worked with world-renowned children’s illustrator and author, Nick Sharratt, to create a new exhibition bringing to life his colourful world of instantly recognisable characters. His distinctive illustrations have captured the imagination of children across the globe, depicting characters from books including The 100 Mile An Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong, Jacqueline Wilson’s The Story of Tracy Beaker, the hugely popular picture book You Choose and the hilarious Ketchup on your Cornflakes, written and illustrated by Nick.

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants promises to entice young and old alike into Nick’s world of vibrant and humorous characters, creatures and food. The exhibition tells the story of how he became an illustrator, what inspires his work, and brings to life Nick's characters through fun, 'hands-on' displays.

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and has been developed in collaboration with darts (Doncaster Community Arts) and The Civic, Barnsley.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly