Important Notice

Due to current CV-19 restrictions 20-21 Visual Arts Centre is temporarily closed. We will re-open when we can in line with Government guidance.

Family Activities

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is a family focused venue. We aim to offer exhibitions, free workshops, activities and events which are suitable for children and young people of all ages, and our gallery café dishes up a great children’s menu.

However, due to the current COVID-19 requirements, changes have been made to our usual ARTivity table of free craft activities. Instead we now have ARTivities and colouring sheets in pre-prepared packs which contain materials you need to be creative at home. Just ask a Gallery Assistant. These craft activities are free but any donations towards the cost of materials are gratefully received.

Here on our website we’re sharing ideas and instruction sheets for family activities you can do at home.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is one of the 750 organisations across the UK who have pledged to meet the Family Arts Standards, a UK-wide recognised quality-mark demonstrating excellence in family provision.

Scroll down or use the links below for more information about our family-focused events and activities


ARTivity Table

Because 20-21 Visual Arts Centre is closed at the moment due to national restrictions we have taken our ARTivities online. Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing activities linked to our exhibitions, and no doubt, a few Christmas themed makes too.

ARTivities Online!

We’re sharing some of our ARTivities in the form of instructionals and downloadable templates and colouring sheets, and some new ideas from our Inspired Learning team.

Activities shared here are gradually being added to our ARTivities Blog page. This extension to our Education Blog will over time build up into a permanent resource of activities to do at home or in the classroom or community group. Why not take a look?


Cardboard owl mask decorated with feather trim

WOW! – Make an Owl Mask

Another round of national restrictions is with us, and because of this 20-21 Visual Arts Centre is once more closed to the public.

Because of this we’re going to share our ARTivities with you in downloadable form, for you to print out and make at home. We know lots of you love our WOW! Said the Owl exhibition, based on the popular children’s book by Tim Hopgood. So here’s the first of a series of activities based on the exhibition. Make an owl mask following the instructions and using the template from the link below. We’ve decorated ours with some feathers, but if you haven’t got any handy you could use tissue paper.

ARTivities template WOW Owl Mask (pdf)


Multicoloured spinner - a spinning disc on length of string

WOW! – Make a Colour Spinner

Tim Hopgood’s much loved children’s book isn’t just about an owl who won’t go to sleep. It’s about exploring the world of colour with a sense of wonder and discovery. Print out out template and follow the instructions to make a whizzing colour spinner (you can also use the multicoloured disks as eyes for an owl collage).

ARTivities template Colour Wheel Spinner (pdf)


Decorated cut out butterflies in the WOW! Said the Owl exhibition

WOW! – Make a Beautiful Butterfly

Visitors to our WOW! Said the Owl exhibition have been busy decorating butterflies, which are themselves becoming part of the show. As 20-21 Visual Arts Centre is temporarily closed due to national restrictions, we’re making the template for the butterfly available to you online. Just print it out and decorate it in your own individual way. If you don’t want to use up your coloured printer ink, print it in low quality greyscale then cut it out to use as a template to draw round. Once we’ve reopened you’ll be welcome to bring your butterflies into the gallery to add to our display.

ARTivities Butterfly template (pdf)


ARTivities Extra

ARTivities EXTRA is our series of workshops for families.  Led by visiting artists or one of the experienced Learning Development Assistants of our Inspired Learning team, these sessions are fun for all ages!  Book your place by visiting the gallery or online by visiting our Eventbrite page.


Stick & Splodge

Window paint saying Welcome under 5's and a review from Kayleigh on Facebook saying "Brilliant activities for kids. My daughter loves Stick and Splodge"

Stick and Splodge has gone online for the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic measures!

Until our regular Thursday morning Stick and Splodge sessions at 20-21 are able to begin again, we’ll be sharing fun activities to do with your under 5’s here on the gallery website. If you want to make-along with the 20-21 community, why not join our 20-21 Visual Arts Centre ARTivities Group over on Facebook. Look out for a new activity each week.

Stick & Splodge at home


New Year’s Eve Kazoo

Make some noise to welcome in 2021 with a New Year Kazoo! Just take your lead from our easy to follow video and you’ll be making a racket in no time with your own home made kazoo with custom decorations.

For more information about our family activities, please call 01724 297070 or email

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If you have enjoyed our free Fundays and events please support us by making a donation.

To find out about all the events and activities that are taking place at 20-21 please visit our What’s on pages.