What We Do

The entrance to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

What goes on at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre?

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is housed in the former St. John’s Church building in Church Square, Scunthorpe. Since the gallery’s doors first opened in 2001 we have developed a reputation for offering a varied and exciting exhibition programme of contemporary art, craft and design.  We show around 20 exhibitions per year, across six exhibition spaces, and aim to be as ambitious and creatively diverse as possible.  As well as bringing arts and culture to the local community, we also aim to exhibit art by groups that are traditionally under represented in mainstream galleries.

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 Visual Arts Centre receives funding from Arts Council England as part of its National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) scheme of regularly funded venues.


20-21 has six gallery spaces showing a range of art, craft and design, changing regularly throughout the year.  Check out our current exhibitions.

Children and Families

Family fun is one of our main goals here at 20-21.  As well as fun 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.  Most of these are free. Visit our What’s on pages for more information.


20-21 has a family friendly and fully accessible café.  Our menu includes hot and cold meals, snacks, delicious homemade cakes and bakes, fresh ground coffee and speciality teas – all at great prices.  Take a look at our menus


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


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.”

Virtual Tours

We worked with Lincoln based company Bee3D Ltd to create a immersive virtual reality experiences using Matterport’s 3D camera technology. Our virtual tours of 20-21 Visual Arts Centre allows you to step inside and explore the building and our exhibitions from the comfort of your own home. Experience tours of 20-21 in virtual reality through your desktop, phone or VR headset.

Go to the Virtual Tours