Information for Artists

Artist opportunities

20-21 Visual Arts Centre hosts a diverse programme of exhibitions across all six exhibition spaces and offers a umber of opportunities for regional, national and international artists to exhibit or sell work.

20-21 regularly post opportunities to be included in group exhibitions, apply for commissions or other specific projects on artist opportunities listings sites such as a-n, Arts Council England, and Axisweb (please note: you may have to subscribe to be able to view opportunities listings on some websites).


Current opportunities to exhibit at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre:

20-21 OPEN exhibition of contemporary art and sculpture

20-21 OPEN exhibition is our showcase of work by artists from across the Lincolnshire region. Both amateur and professional artists are welcome to apply. Inclusion and the winners of prizes donated by local businesses are selected by independent judges. The next 20-21 OPEN exhibition call-out will be in Autumn 2018. Please visit the 20-21 Open Exhibition of Art and Sculpture page for further information.

Brick by Brick (working title)

20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe is currently seeking expressions of interest from artists, designers and photographers who use Lego as a medium, or the inspiration for their work, for a group exhibition which explores the use of Lego in contemporary art. The exhibition will open at 20-21 in summer 2019 and will then go on to tour around museums and galleries in the UK for at least a year.

Transportation and exhibition costs will be covered and there will be the opportunity for several new commissions as part of the exhibition.

To apply, please email Janine Parrish with 3 images of your work, along with links to your website, by Monday 3 September 2018.
For further information, please contact Janine Parrish; or call 01724 297076.

Applying to exhibit at 20-21

We are open to proposals and applications from working artists or curators of all levels to be included in our exhibitions programme. Proposals are assessed at regular curatorial group meetings in which we discuss the forthcoming programme. Please read the Exhibition Application Information Sheet and download and submit an application form at the bottom of this page.

20-21 shop

We encourage artist and craft makers from the UK, Europe and particularly from the counties of Lincolnshire to apply to have work stocked in the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre shop. Please see the 20-21 Shop page for further details of how to have your work considered.


Artist workshops

20-21 runs artists-led workshops in conjunction with our exhibition programme or aimed at specific audience groups. We also hold a database of artists, which we are able to distribute in response to enquiries about workshop leaders within the region who are experienced in leading creative activity sessions.

If you are an artist experienced in running creative workshops for adults, children, school groups or groups with special needs, there may be occasional opportunities to run sessions within our workshop programme. Please email your contact details, a brief CV and details of your workshop experience to to be placed on our database of workshop artists.


Further information

If you require any further information regarding exhibiting at 20-21 please contact the exhibitions officer Dominic Mason at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre on 01724 297073 or email



Exhibition application info sheet (doc 293KB)

Exhibition application form (doc 307KB)

List of work form (doc 307KB)

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