What We Do

20-21 Visual Arts Centre opened its doors in 2001 in what is the former St. John’s church, Scunthorpe.

Over the past fifteen years we have developed a great track record for offering a varied and exciting exhibition programme of contemporary art. Our venue shows around 20 exhibitions per year, across six exhibition spaces, and we aim to be as ambitious and creatively diverse with our shows as possible! As well as bringing arts and culture to the local community, we also aim to show art by groups that are underrepresented in mainstream galleries and the art world.

Encompassing a wide range of media, subjects and artistic approaches, we present a mixture of in-house curated exhibitions, touring shows and exhibitions developed in partnership with fellow creative organisations. We also produce and deliver our own touring exhibitions to other galleries nationally, and offer an extensive education programme for all ages and abilities.

20-21 has received regular funding from the Arts Council England, Yorkshire since day one, and are classed as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) by the Arts Council.



20-21 has six gallery spaces showing a range of art, craft and design, which change regularly. Check out our current exhibitions here.

Children and Families

Family fun is one of our main goals here at 20-21, with plenty of creative activities for parents and their little ones! As well as family-themed events and regular sessions for babies and toddlers, we have an activity table in the main gallery with weekly themed “artivities” that families can work on together.


Throughout the year we run a range of events, including exhibition openings, family Fundays and more! Many are free. Visit our What’s on pages for more information.


20-21 has a family-friendly and fully accessible cafe, where we serve hot and cold meals, snacks, delicious cakes, freshly ground coffee, speciality teas and cold drinks – all at great prices! Take a look at our menus here.


Our shop is filled with unique craft and design items, handmade by artists living and working in the UK. You won’t find stuff like this on the High Street!


Entry to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre is free, and you don’t need to book – just come on in!


What our visitors said:

“Amazing gallery. Fantastic that it is here in Scunthorpe.”

“Brilliant place for kids to learn and get creative.”

“All the exhibitions were fantastic. What clever people!”

“Always love it here – a world of ideas.”

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