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.

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, changes have been made to our usual ARTivity table of free craft activities. We now have four individual ARTivity tables where you can spend some time making this weeks activity while maintaining social distancing. ARTivities are in pre-prepared packs which contain everything you need. We are also offering craft activities and colouring sheets to take 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.

Two example clay owls from the Karen Raithby workshop, before and after glazing

Clay Owls Online Workshop

12 December 10-10.45am or 11.15am-12pm

To tie in with our WOW! Said the Owl exhibition, we’ve arranged an online workshop with studio potter Karen Raithby. Collect your box of materials and join us online using Microsoft Teams to create clay owls in the comfort of your own home. All ages are welcome to take part and it’s the perfect family activity to do together.

All the materials you need are included in the cost of the workshop and will be available to collect from 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. Afterwards, bring your finished owls into 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and they’ll be taken for firing, ready for collection before Christmas.

All ages are welcome to take part in this workshop making it the perfect family activity to do together. Book your place and reserve your box of materials through our Eventbrite page.

For more information call 01724 297070 or email


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

Picture of a tree with multicoloured fingerpainted leaves

Fingerprint Tree

We’ve been inspired by our WOW! Said the Owl exhibition to created this really fun activity that the whole family can enjoy and get messy together! Create this tree with colourful fingerprints for leaves. Take a look at the different sized fingerprints you get when young and old both contribute, and depending on the thickness of your paint, see if you can see the different patterned fingerprints that each finger has. Download our instructions and either print out our tree template or draw your own.

Colourful Fingerprint Tree Instructions and Template (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.