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.
For more information about our family-focused events and activities, please read on.

ARTivity Table

ARTivity Table, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

Why not drop-in and make the most of our free activity table, where we have a range of “ARTivities” for youngsters to enjoy. Inspired by our exciting exhibition programme, our artivities change on a regular basis, so there is always something new for your kids to try their hand at!


This week’s ARTivities: Saturday 25 January

Childrens craft activity based on True to Size exhibition
Saturday 25 January sees the opening of our new exhibition, True to Size, by Heather Phillipson. We’ve taken inspiration from Heather’s big, bold and colourful imagery and created our own teddy bear themed scene. So come along to the gallery and get creative. We always have loads of materials out on our activity table so you’re welcome to make a variation on our set activity, or just to draw or colour. Our Gallery Assistants are always there if you need a little help or advice. So come and join us at the ARTivity table and get creative!

Our free activity table is open 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.

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.

Check back for news of our ARTivities EXTRA workshops in the New Year.


Stick and Splodge

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

These sessions are full of creative fun for the under-fives. We offer painting and crafts, sand and water play, puzzles, puppets and much more! Stick and Splodge sessions are just £1 per child and run from 10.30am to 12noon every Thursday morning, including during school holidays . There’s no need to book – just drop in.

For more information, 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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