Important Notice

Due to national CV-19 restrictions 20-21 Visual Arts Centre will be closed from 4pm on Wednesday 4 November. We will re-open when we can in line with Government guidance.


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

Current exhibitions:

19 September 2020 to 9 January 2021 Ted Lewis – Get Carter: 50th Anniversary Exhibition – Artists, illustrators and designers re-imagine the cover of local author Ted Lewis’ iconic book, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

19 September to 30 January – WOW! Said the Owl   – Author Tim Hopgood has joined forces with Young Art Explorers to specially design Wow! Said the Owl: the exhibition. This sensory and interactive exhibition will appeal to families and especially to children under five-years-old. The exhibition seeks to give children the same sense of wonder and amazement as the owl in the story who stays up all day, by introducing them to colours and inviting them to be creative by enjoying interactive elements of the show.

17 October to 2 JanuaryJerwood Makers Open – This exhibition showcases new works and installations in textiles, ceramics, wood and metal, by five contemporary artists, selected from over 300 applications in response to a national call for proposals. Jerwood Makers Open launched in 2010 to recognise and promote the significance of making and materials within contemporary visual arts. This exhibition is the seventh edition of the awards, and brings together new commissions by artists Mark Corfield-Moore, Forest + Found (Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth), Lucie Gledhill, Bethan Lloyd Worthington and Tana West.

Virtual 3D exhibition tours:

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.

Heather Phillipson: TRUE TO SIZE (Virtual 3D tour) – 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)– Mandy Barker addresses the current global crisis of marine plastic pollution. Click the link to view the exhibition in 3D on your digital device.


Forthcoming exhibitions:

9 Jan to 27 March 2021 – Tom Hackett – Lying Low to Keep Afloat

23 January to 24 April – Melanie Tomlinson – Ghost Horses and Guns

13 Feb to 1 May 2021 – Misshapes: the Making of Tatty Devine 

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 last 15 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.