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20-21 Visual Arts Centre is a family focused venue. We offer a host of free workshops, activities and events suitable for children and young people of all ages including special exhibitions, catering and our popular children’s parties.
Drop in art and craft activities inspired by our exhibitions run every Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm in the gallery, and are suitable for kids of all ages.
These activities are free but any donations towards the cost of materials are gratefully received.
For more information about our family-focused events and activities, please read on!


Activity Table

Activity Table at 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!

Our activity table is open 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Check out what we have in store below!
July 22, 25 Figure drawing Louise Bourgeois and Collected Women Learn to draw the human form.
July 26, 27, 28 A fan of summer Summer 2017 Fight the summer heat with a homemade fan!
Jul-29 Inside out Space Cadets: Blood and Bone Wear your insides on your outsides with this clever, handmade body bib.
Aug-01 Inside out Space Cadets: Blood and Bone Wear your insides on your outsides with this clever, handmade body bib.
August 2, 3, 4 Summertime spinners Summer 2017 Pretty up your garden this summer with a classic paper pinwheel!
August 5, 8 Mini masterpieces Drawing for Sculpture Craft your own abstract masterpiece with this fun sculpture activity.
August 9, 10, 11 Super surfers Summer 2017 These fun handmade surfer animals float in the bath!
August 12, 15 Hanging around Space Cadets: Blood and Bone Halloween is coming early this year with these skeletal paper wall decorations.
August 16, 17, 18 Stylish sun visors Summer 2017 Protect your eyes from the sun with these stylish, handmade sun visors.
August 19, 22 Crafty cats Louise Bourgeois: Collected Women Take home a new feline friend (don’t worry parents, this one is made from paper).
August 23, 24, 25 Holiday hangings Summer 2017 Inspired by your favourite holiday memories, these wall hangings will make everyday feel like a vacation.
August 26, 29 Colourful cubes Drawing for Sculpture Make your own abstract cube sculpture, inspired by Rubix cubes – the classic 80s toy!
August 30, 31 Fruity friends Summer 2017 Get one of your five a day with your own (paper art) fruity friend.
Sep-01 Fruity friends Summer 2017 Get one of your five a day with your own (paper art) fruity friend.
September 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, Brainiacs Space Cadets: Blood and Bone Show everyone how big your brain really is with this handmade hat for brainiacs.
September 9, 12, 13, 14, 15 What’s Inside? Space Cadets: Blood and Bone Learn more about the human body with your own anatomical skeleton model.
September 16, 19, 20, 21, 22 2D to 3D Drawing for Sculpture Create magical abstract sculptures that go from 2D to 3D right in front of your eyes!
September 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 Tag your name Urban Art Now! Make a statement with this grafetti-inspired name art.
Sep-30 Psychedelic Door Hanging Genetic Moo Decorate your door with these colourful creations.

Artivities Extra

Helena in 20-21 Uniform and girl, Artivities Extra, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

New for 2017 – Artivities Extra! Led by a visiting artist or one of our helpful gallery assistants, our free workshops in the education room are fun for all the family.

Check them out below.

August 26: Clay hand dishes.

September 23: Felt animal purses.

Sessions are from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and are suitable for ages 5+. Due to the popularity of our workshops attendees must book in advance, as we have a maximum of 20 spaces. To reserve a spot for you and your family, please call: 01724 297070.

Stick ‘n’ Splodge

Child playing with clay, 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 ‘n’ Splodge sessions are just £1 per child and run every Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12:00pm. There’s no need to book – just drop on by.

For more information, please call 01724 297070 or email

Baby Massage

20-21 is one of the venues that offer baby massage and baby yoga classes via Rachel’s Positive Touch Baby Massage.

Baby massage classes are spread over a four week period, and are suitable for children aged four-weeks-old to crawling stage. Baby yoga is also a four week class, and is best suited to kids aged eight-weeks to walking. As well as offering a wealth of emotional and physical rewards, baby massage and yoga are unique bonding experiences for mother and baby, and is provided in a supporting and nurturing environment.

Tuesdays 10:00am to 12:00pm. Baby Massage is £25 for four weeks. Baby Yoga is £16 for four weeks.

To book your spot or for more information, call Rachel Tuxford on 07769328115 or email

If you have enjoyed out 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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