Here at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, we have five exhibition spaces showing a range of contemporary art and craft from local, regional, national and international artists.

During the current CV-19 restrictions entry to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre’s exhibition spaces will be by free ticket only.
Please read our visitor information and book your ticket before visiting our exhibitions.

Current exhibitions:

19 June to 25 September
Dan Rawlings – Future Returns – Focusing on industrial decay and the post-industrial landscape. Dan Rawlings’ monumental new work commissioned for 20-21 Visual Arts Centre’s 20th anniversary will transform the Nave Gallery.

Until 2 October
Melanie Tomlinson – Ghost Horses and Guns – Melanie’s intricately constructed sculptures celebrate urban ‘edgelands’ and revisit the haunts and stories of her youth in Birmingham.

23 September to 11 December
Alicia Paz – River Makers – Large-scale paintings exploging the symbolism of the Thames and Humber river estuaries –  places of movement, exchange, transition and renewal.


Virtual 3D exhibition tours (Online Only):

These exhibitions were on display behind closed doors in 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in 2020 during the global CV-19 pandemic. We have brought them to you as virtual exhibitions, to be experienced on your PC, smart device or VR headset.

Heather Phillipson: TRUE TO SIZE (Virtual 3D tour) – Displayed in the Nave Gallery at 20-21 Visual Arts 25 January 2020 until the summer of that year, as CV-19 halted everything. Take a virtual tour around this mixed media installation of stimulating, fantastical and furry sculptural narratives. Click the link to be taken directly to the virtual tour experience.

Mandy Barker: Our Plastic Ocean (Virtual 3D tour)– Displayed at 20-21 Visual Arts 14 March to 12 September 2020. Mandy Barker addresses the current global crisis of marine plastic pollution. Click the link to view the exhibition in 3D on your digital device.

Art in a computer generated gallery

Welcome Home – A Virtual Gallery Takeover – Artist Sam Metz has worked with a team of 16-25 year olds to create and curate a virtual exhibition in a 3D digital space.


Forthcoming exhibitions:

9 October 2021 – 8 January 2022
Jason Wilsher-Mills: Jason and His Argonauts –  An enormous inflatable sculpture will dominate the gallery, through which visitors can enter for a physically and digitally immersive experience.

More announcements coming soon.

Postponed exhibition:

X Change – 10 contemporary artists from Scunthorpe’s German twin town Lüneburg.

Why not check out our exhibitions archive and read about some of the fantastic exhibitions we’ve had at 20-21 over the years?

As well as the exhibitions we organise for in-house, we also manage the touring of exhibitions to venues across the UK and overseas. For details of our current touring exhibitions, visit our Touring Exhibitions page.