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! The expert artists can tailor your experience to any level whether you’re new or have had a go before. The costs include expert tuition and all materials,

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

Coming up in Autumn 2018:

Mask Modding with Christine Williams

Saturday 29 September, 10.30am-12.30pm, £20pp

If you like to make your own cosplays; if you’re a parent who’s ever received a letter from school informing you of a themed dress-up day at short notice; if your child wants a very particular Halloween costume that just isn’t mainstream enough to be mass produced, then this workshop will give you some useful ideas for DIY masks. We’ll be taking basic masks and with a range of materials, adapting them to make something unique. If you have a specific mask in mind let the gallery know in advance so that we can try to make sure that we have suitable materials with us on the day.

Moon Gazing Hares with Karen Raithby

Saturday 6 October, 1-3pm, £20pp

Make a moon gazing hare from stoneware clay and decorate with pattern and additions. The finished hare will be frost proof and suitable for display inside or in the garden.


Print and Stitch with Nicky Dillerstone

Saturday 20 October, 10.30am-1pm, £22pp

Inspired by Jo Smiths’ portraits, this session is intended to create an evocative fabric print blending the imagery with fabrics and threads. Bring in your favourite photos to create a richly detailed piece that will be printed onto fabric. Add stitch and further layers of fabric to enrich the surface and strengthen the narrative of the piece. Participants should bring one or two photographs, and are welcome to bring along pieces of fabric they’d like to use in their work, plus a sewing kit if you have one, but materials and equipment will be supplied.



Festive Card Making with Sarah Jane Palmer

Saturday 10 November, 10.30am-3.30pm, £30pp

Printmaker and surface pattern designer Sarah Jane Palmer will be running a unique festive card making workshop that combines and brings together a variety of techniques including print-making, collage, stencil cuts and intricate pattern design.



Kinetic Leaves with Martin Smith

Saturday 17 November, 10.30am-12.30pm, £20pp

Design and manufacture aluminium or tinplate leaves and petals. The first session will begin with an introduction to the tools, materials and the basic techniques involved in producing these delicate but beautifully crafted elements of the kinetic sculpture. The focus will be on the lever as a device for transmitting movement, with foliage as the theme. Participants will learn to cut, score and fold several leaves and the making will be intensive (be warned of sore hands!) but each participant should expect to complete several pieces. Martin has 20 years experience as a practicing artist, with work ranging from small kinetic devices to large-scale gallery commissions and architectural interventions. The work he creates through this company plays with the themes of humour, nonsense and futility.

Fused Glass with Hazel Burnham

Saturday 8 December, 10.30am-3.30pm, £60pp

Fused glass workshop, giving participants the opportunity to make coasters, panels, pictures or hangings. Participants will use various materials such as frit, confetti and metal to create designs on the glass, whilst learning how to cut glass safely. The glass will be taken away to be fired and returned approximately 2 weeks later.

Willow Reindeer with Alison Walling

Saturday 15 December, 10.30am-12.30pm, £18pp

Learn to weave your own little reindeer from willow, a lovely natural decoration to treasure.

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 spot, call 01724 297070 or email

See below for dates and times.

7 July

8 September

6 October

3 November

1 December

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.

Get Crafty

Do Something Different Logo

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

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

Other Free Sessions for Adults

Read and Reflect

These free Shared Reading sessions are a place to relax, make new friends and share stories with others. Explore texts related to our exciting exhibition programme. You can just drop in, sit down and enjoy listening to a great story or poem – there’s no pressure to talk or read. Refreshments will be available to purchase from our café. All sessions run 10.30-11.30am on the following dates:
6th November
4th December
8th January
5th February
5th March
2nd April
7th May


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:
16th October – Afternoon Tea
20th November – Bathroom Cabinet
18th December – Night on the Town
22nd January – Forty Winks
26th February – Home Economics
19th March – Seaside

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. Upcoming artists talks include:

Martin Smith – Saturday 17th November at 12.45pm
Seiko Kinoshita – Saturday 1st December at 11am

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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