Important Notice

Due to current CV-19 restrictions 20-21 Visual Arts Centre is temporarily closed. We will re-open when we can in line with Government guidance.


Unfortunately in the light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic all in-person workshops, life drawing sessions and Get Crafty sessions have been indefinitely postponed. However we are offering online workshops as an alternative. Scroll down this page for information about any online workshops that you can book on. 

During this period, if you would like to be a part of 20-21 Visual Arts Centre’s online community, then why not join our Facebook Community Art group? You’ll find regular art related discussion and a warm, welcoming space to share your work. We’re sharing some of our arts and crafts instructional videos on our website too. Scroll down this page to see what you could make.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is committed to offering a wide range of educational opportunities, including formal and informal workshops for adults of all ages and artistic abilities – a warm welcome is guaranteed!

On this page you’ll find information about

For workshops for younger artists, see our family activities section.

Artist-led Adult Workshops

Workshops have gone online!

Pop-up Victorian style Christmas card showing dancers against an ornate background

Victorian Inspired Pop-up Christmas Cards  (video tutorial) £3

Available 10am Saturday 5 December to 8pm Saturday 19 December

Do you fancy a little festive crafting? Taking North Lincolnshire Museum’s collection of Victorian greetings cards as a starting point, our Inspired Learning team have created a video workshop leading you step by step through the process of creating your own vintage style pop up Christmas card.

Just £3 gives you access to our exclusive YouTube video and the templates you’ll need to print out. Once published to YouTube at 10am on Saturday 5 December, the video will be accessible for a full two weeks, giving you time to follow the workshop at a time that suits you. This workshop is suitable for age 8 to adult and would be a great pre-Christmas family activity to do together at home. Go to Eventbrite to find out more, and to book on.

Please note: As this activity involves use of a craft knife, appropriate supervision of children is required.


Two example clay owls from the Karen Raithby workshop, before and after glazing

Clay Owls Online Workshop

12 December 10-10.45am or 11.15am-12pm

To tie in with our WOW! Said the Owl exhibition, we’ve arranged an online workshop with studio potter Karen Raithby. Collect your box of materials and join us online using Microsoft Teams to create clay owls in the comfort of your own home. All ages are welcome to take part and it’s the perfect family activity to do together.

All the materials you need are included in the cost of the workshop and will be available to collect from 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. Afterwards, bring your finished owls into 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and they’ll be taken for firing, ready for collection before Christmas.

All ages are welcome to take part in this workshop making it the perfect family activity to do together. Book your place and reserve your box of materials through our Eventbrite page.

For more information call 01724 297070 or email

Learn in your own time

Many of our own staff at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre are accomplished artists in their own right. We’ve made some instructional videos for you to try a something new or improve your skills at home. You’ll find lots on our YouTube channel, but here’s one to start you off.


Watercolour Dot Painting

One of the joys of watercolour painting is that it can have an unpredictable element to it. Wet pigments can interact with each other to produce delicate and unexpected effects. Often beginners will overwork their watercolours and will lose out on this special quality. This short video is an exercise in learning to let the paints do the work and discovering what effects are achievable. It gives you a useful tool for producing interesting textures and effects in your watercolour paintings (whether subjective or abstract). And it has the benefit of producing an attractive piece of art too!




Wirework Tree Pendant

We’ve got a great craft instructional video for you here, as Learning Development Assistant Jen shows you how to create your own wirework Tree of Life pendant. Take a look and maybe have a go yourself!


Life Drawing

Life drawings by Terry Clarke

Untutored Life Drawing

Brush up on your life drawing skills at our friendly, untutored Saturday classes for adults. All abilities are welcome, from beginner to advanced, and it’s only £6 per session! As participants draw a nude model, please note the lower age limit of 18 years. These sessions are very popular, so make sure you book on well in advance.

All sessions run from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Age 18+ only. Advanced payment and booking is essential.

Unfortunately in the light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic our life drawing workshops have been postponed. We are at the moment unable to confirm a rearranged date for this workshop. Please be assured that we will be contacting everyone who has already booked on with details of what arrangements are being made regarding existing bookings.

Do Something Different

North Lincolnshire Council offers a whole range of activities specifically for adults with a disability aged 16 and above. Have fun, meet new people and try your hand at all sorts of ‘Do Something Different’ sport, leisure and cultural activities. Here at 20-21 our friendly and welcoming sessions focus on art and crafts.

Do Something Different: Get Crafty

Wednesdays during term time 1-4pm  £FREE

Do Something Different Logo

As part of North Lincolnshire Council’s Do Something Different campaign, we run free creative drop-in sessions every Wednesday for adults with additional needs. Sessions run from 1:00pm to 4:00pm (during term time only). There’s no need to book, just turn up!

If you would like more information about Get Crafty call 01724 297070.

Please note that in the light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic our Get Crafty sessions have been temporarily cancelled. We are at the moment unable to confirm a date when they will restart.

Artist Talks

Join exhibiting artists to find out more about their work and their artistic practice. This unique opportunity gives you the chance to meet the artist in person, ask questions about their exhibition and learn about their career.

‘Prod and Poke’ Artist’s Forum with Susan Simpson

Date of next meeting to be announced

Artist Susan Simpson plucking her eyebrows

Our informal artist’s forums take place every month, led by artist and photographer Susan Simpson. The sessions are held in the gallery café, which offers an informal setting to look at and debate topics relevant to the creative community. There will also be opportunities to discuss one another’s work and ideas. So come along, grab a coffee and maybe a delicious homemade cake from our café and join in.

Please note that during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic Susan Simpson’s artist’s forum has found a new home on our 20-21 Visual Arts Community Art group on Facebook. Why not pop over and join in the chat?


If you have enjoyed your workshop, or want to contribute towards the work of 20-21, you can support us by making a donation.

To find out about all the events and activities that are taking place at 20-21, visit our What’s on pages.