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!

For kids workshops, see our family activities section.

Artist-led Workshops

Our artist-led workshops for adults (aged 16+ unless stated) give you the opportunity to be creative, allow you to develop skills, have fun and take home an amazing creation!  Our expert visiting artists can tailor your experience to any level whether you’re a complete beginner or wanting to improve your skills. The costs include expert tuition and all materials,

For more information or to reserve your place, call 01724 297070 or email

Coming up:


Abstract collagraph print by Sinclair Ashman

Image: Sinclair Ashman

Printmaking with Sinclair Ashman

Saturday 20 April  10.30am-1.30pm

Join Sinclair Ashman for this workshop, producing ink-on-paper prints. You’ll use adhesive-backed aluminium foil tape to stick a variety of textured materials to a board surface to produce printing plates which will produce textured impressions in the paper as well as the inked image. Then you’ll take it in turns to print from your plates on a specially adapted mini printing press and see the results!

Please bring along any materials you’d like to include in the making of your plates (nothing sharp or over 2mm thick). Examples include

– textured wallpaper (B&Q provide free 1m samples)
– almost any textured fabrics
– abrasive paper (glasspaper/sandpaper)
– string (fraying string could be very interesting!)

Don’t worry if you can’t bring your own materials along, as some will be provided in the workshop.

Depending on time, the workshop may also include a demonstration of monotype printing using a hand inking roller, with a chance for some members of the group to have a go!

As there are just 10 spaces for this workshop, attendees must book in advance.  For more details, please call: 01724 297070 or email  Ask at reception in the gallery to book in advance or alternatively book online on our Eventbrite page


Taxidermy Mouse by Suzie Li

Image: Suzie Li

Taxidermy Mouse with Suzie Li

Saturday 11 May 10.30am-3.30pm

Learn all about the art of taxidermy from Suzie Li, and prepare, set and preserve a mouse yourself. Each person taking part will be supplied with an ethically sourced mouse and display materials. The session will include skinning, preparing and mounting the mouse, and is suitable for complete beginners. Everything you need will be included.

Suzie Li is trained in natural history conservation and has worked for the University of Cambridge Zoology Museum and the London Science Museum.

There are only 10 spaces for this workshop, so it’s really important that you book in advance.  For more details, please call: 01724 297070 or email  Ask at reception in the gallery to book in advance or alternatively book online on our Eventbrite page


Life Drawing

Life drawings by Terry Clarke

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!

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

For more information or to reserve your place, call 01724 297070 or email  Alternatively, book online on Eventbrite (online booking fee applies).

See below for dates and times in 2019.

4 May

8 June

6 July

Terms & Conditions

If a session has not met its minimum number of participants seven days prior,  it will be cancelled & payment will be refunded.  Payments will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than seven days prior to the class, unless filled with a reserve. Cancellations made before this seven day period will be due a refund.

Do Something Different: Get Crafty

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 (term time only). There’s no need to book, just turn up!

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


Self Portrait Superheroes

A participant in Do Something Different Self Portrait Superheroes

As part of Do Something Different, 20-21 recently hosted a series of four fortnightly sessions just for adults aged 16+ with a disability, ending with a celebratory party, performance and presentation.

Week 1: iPad self portrait workshop with disabled artist Jason Wilsher-Mills

Week 2: Superhero workshop. Turn your self portrait into a superhero!

Week 3: Drama workshop run by StarLight Arts. Learn to move like superheroes

Week 4: FREE Preview Party time for everyone who’s taken part in the workshops. Bring family and friends to come and see your work. Party food and drinks provided.

The project was a huge success and we’re looking forward to our next Do Something Different event.

Other Free Sessions for Adults

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.


Printer Sinclair Ashman at work

Saturday 13 April 10.30am-1.30pm:  Meet Printmaker Sinclair Ashman

Have a chat with the artist and watch him demonstrating the techniques he uses to create his beautiful abstract prints.  This is a drop-in session and you’re welcome to come in at any time during the event.  Maybe you’d like to book on to the printmaking workshop which Sinclair will be leading on the following Saturday while you’re here?


Nocturnal photograph of woodland by Liza Dracup

Image: Untitled from the series Sharpe’s Wood (2007) © Liza Dracup, courtesy Impressions Gallery

Saturday 27 April 11.30am-12.30pm:  Meet Photographer Liza Dracup

Meet acclaimed Yorkshire photographer Liza Dracup, who will be giving a talk and tour of her exhibition at 20-21. Find out about her work, and the innovative techniques she used to produce the works in her current retrospective exhibition Field Work. A brilliant opportunity for any professional photographers and hobbyists, as well as those who just appreciate her work.


Delivered by North Lincolnshire Museum, these sessions are aimed at adults aged 50+ including those with a learning disability. Reminiscence sessions use objects to spark past memories about the past and give you an opportunity to socialise with others. All sessions run 10.30-11.30am on the following dates, with a variety of themes:

5 March – Home Sweet Home

19 March – Seaside

For more information about any of the above, call 012724 297070.

If you have enjoyed your free session, 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.

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