Family Activities

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

Our ARTivity area offers aft and craft activities designed by our Gallery Assistants for visitors of all ages to enjoy.  These craft activities are free but any donations towards the cost of materials are gratefully received.

ARTivities Extra offers workshops with more involved makes or using materials which aren’t suitable for the ARTivity area, and our Art Club gives the chance to work with exhibiting artists or to complete an Arts Award. Stick & Splodge offers fun messy activities for under 5’s.

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

The ARTivity table has returned to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre! Spaces are limited, with each child and accompanying adult sitting at a separate table. Join us and make a new craft activity each week, linked to our exhibitions or to the seasons and special occasions. ARTivities are available on Saturdays and daily during school holidays.


Composite image of a Christmas doorhanger and a clothes peg reindeer Multicoloured ARTivities Logo in blue, orange and green

Festive Makes

27 November

We’re starting to get into a festive mood with these two Christmassy makes on the ARTivity tables. Make a Santa Doorhanger or a Clothes Peg Rudolph decoration.

Next weekend…

Papercraft blue and white tall ship in front of Alicia Paz's exhibition

Blue and White Ship

4 December

‘River Makers’ by Alicia Paz comes to an end on 11 December, and we’re marking it’s final week with us with this papercraft tall ship.  It’s a really basic origami boat with some additions to make it look really special.

Previous weeks ARTivities will also be available while packs last.

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 ArtTickets page (just scroll down the page to browse our ticketed events).

Teenage girl creating a sculpture in a workshop  ARTivities EXTRA logo, in blue, orange and green


Art Club

A new venture for 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Art Club is for children (and their families) to explore their creativity. Each club will have a theme. This could be a guest artist’s work, an explore arts award, or maybe developing a new technique, using a new material or trying out different ways to be creative. Watch this space for the announcement of our next Art Club event.


Stick & Splodge

Stick and Splodge activity printing scales onto an outline of a fish using a cardboard tube

Stick and Splodge is back!

Thursdays 10.30am – 12 noon Term time   £2.50

Our regular Thursday morning Stick and Splodge sessions at 20-21 are back after a long break, however we’ve introduced a few changes. To help to keep everyone safe, numbers are limited to 12 children per session, pre-bookable online.

Our November sessions are fully booked, but you can buy tickets for sessions up to 9 December through our Art Tickets booking site.

There’ll be lots of fun activities and messy play for preschoolers, and a chance for grown ups to chat too.


A bubble wrap printed Christmas tree activity, with bottles of ready mix paint in the background

Festive Stick & Splodge

16 December 10.30am – 12 noon   £4.50

Join us for a Festive Stick and Splodge session! A special under 5’s session filed with Christmas cheer. The session will include arts and crafts, free play time, Christmas cookie decorating for the little ones and a mince pie and for the adults. Book your place through Art Tickets.


Stick and Splodge at Home

If you’re not able to make it to our Stick and Splodge sessions, you could always make something at home. If you’re looking for inspiration, head on over to our YouTube channel, where you find instructional videos and lots more for young children.

For more information about our family activities, please call 01724 297070 or email

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If you have enjoyed our free ARTivities and workshops please support us by making a donation.