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.
Drop in art and craft activities inspired by our exhibitions run every Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the gallery, and are suitable for all.
These activities are free but any donations towards the cost of materials are gratefully received.
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

ARTivity Table, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

ARTivities has gone online!

As 20-21 Visual Arts Centre is closed during the current Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve made some changes to this section of the website. We’re sharing some of our old ARTivities in the form of instructionals and downloadable templates and colouring sheets.

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?


ARTivities at home

Plastic Pocket Printing

Here’s a great ARTivity idea. This fantastic simple printing activity offers amazing results without needing any special skills. Using a plastic pocket to paint onto and then transfer your image onto paper or fabric offers a flexible and low cost printing method for all ages, including under 5’s.

You’ll need thick paper, a plastic ringbinder pocket, paint, brush, other mark making tools (can be anything discarded that looks interesting). Have fun!


Origami Pop-up Book

If you fancy having a go at journaling or keeping a sketchbook while you’re at home, but aren’t able to lay your hands on a suitable book to use, Mandy our Learning Development Assistant is here to help! This simple rubber band journal activity is a great way of using discarded materials around the home to make a book without having to sew it together.
Children will enjoy this activity with a bit of support from adults. It’ll just take about 30 minutes to complete.


ARTivities Extra
Gallery Assistant Helena with girl, ARTivities EXTRA Workshops, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

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

Unfortunately in the light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic all ARTivities EXTRA workshops have been postponed. We are at the moment unable to confirm a rearranged date for these workshops. Please be assured that we will be contacting everyone who has already booked on with details of what arrangements are being made regarding existing bookings.


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 20-21 opens its doors 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.


Stick & Splodge at home


cotton wool sheep and llamas

Woolly Sheep and Llamas

Have fun together making woolly sheep and llamas. It’s a lovely creative activity where little ones can enjoy glueing and sticking, and make some really cute animal art.

• Template (or a piece of card in the shape of a sheep or llama)
• Scissors
• Glue stick or pva
• Cotton wool

sheep and llama template   Sheep and Llama (pdf)


• Print off the template (or draw an outline on a piece of paper or card)
• Cut out the shape of your animal
• Cover the white area with glue (a glue stick or PVA is fine)
• Stick Cotton wool to the area
• Add any jewels or stickers or ribbons as you like!


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.
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