Family Activities

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is a family focused venue. We 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.

Due to the current COVID-19 requirements we’re unable to offer our usual ARTivity table of free craft activities. However, we are offering craft activities and colouring sheets to take home. Just ask a Gallery Assistant. These take away 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

ARTivities to Take Away

Because of current guidelines to keep staff and visitors as safe as possible during CV-19 there is no activity table in the gallery at the moment. But that doesn’t mean that we aren’t still coming up with great makes to help you get creative. Ask a Gallery Assistant for one of our take away ARTivity packs when you visit and we’ll give you a pack with the materials to make an ARTivity at home. It’s completely free too (although any donations are gratefully received).


"Covid Over the Rainbow" - a 3D cardcraft activity which includes a towerblock, bus stop, flying saucer, rainbow and Covid virus cutouts

Surreal Cityscape

Available until 19 September

This week for our take away activity pack for this week is based on Andy Cropper’s exhibition Uncertain Spaces: Spirits of Place and Foreshadowing. The exhibition consists of empty night-time cityscapes, many of them reflecting the ghostly unease of our towns during lockdown, during which many of the works were created. Just ask a Gallery Assistant when you visit, for a free craft pack with all the materials you need to make your own surreal cityscape ARTivity at home.


ARTivities online!

In addition to take away ARTivity packs for visitors to 20-21, we’re also sharing some of our old 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?

Learning Development Assistant Jen modelling a home made selfie frame

Selfie Frame

This fun selfie frame is easy to make and very effective (and beautifully demonstrated in the photograph by Jen, one of our Learning Development Assistants). Once you’ve mastered the technique, why not play around with making different styles of frame. Use them to frame your paintings and drawings, and turn your room into an art gallery. A brilliant activity, and very decorative.

You’ll need cardboard, sticky tape or masking tape, scissors, PVA glue, tin foil and paint. Click on the link below for the instruction sheet. Have fun!

ARTivities instruction sheet Selfie Frame (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.


For more information call 01724 297070 or email


Stick & Splodge

Two girls in a ball pit, Stick and Splodge, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

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

Child holding a colour wheel with leaves and flowers of matching colours attached with clothes pegs

Nature Colour Wheel

This activity isn’t so much about sticking and splodging as about hunting and finding. This activity specially designed for under 5’s is all about exploring our environment, observation and colour recognition. While it’s mainly aimed at getting out and about, if that’s not possible you can still have lots of fun with it indoors. Click on the link below to see the instructions, and make a colour wheel by printing out our template. Go on a hunt for matching colours, pegging them to the wheel as you go. Which is the hardest colour to find?

ARTivities instruction – Nature Colour Wheel (pdf)


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.