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 workshops for younger artists, see our family activities section.

Artist-led Adult Workshops

Our artist-led workshops for adults aged 16+ (unless otherwise 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 call 01724 297070 or email To see the full range of our upcoming workshops bookable online visit our Eventbrite page.


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Introduction to LEGO® building for Adults

Saturday 16 November 10.30am-12.30pm  £5.00

Ever heard of greebling? How about illegal connections? Join LEGO® professional Chris McKnight from BrickBox for some top LEGO® tips and tricks to create your own builds, learn a little about the history of LEGO® and try your hand at individual and group LEGO® building challenges. A great chance to work on your LEGO® skills away from the kids! Suitable for age 16+

For more information call 01724 297070 or email To book your place ask in the gallery or visit Eventbrite.


LEGO® Brick Build Together Workshop for Adults and their Children

Saturday 16 November 1.30-3.30pm  £4.00

Calling all young and young at heart fans of LEGO® bricks! Work together with your youngster to learn some building tips and tricks and then try some building challenges set by LEGO® brick expert Chris McKnight. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult, and all adults must be accompanied by at least one child.

For more information call 01724 297070 or email  To book your place ask in the gallery or visit Eventbrite


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Needle Felt Elf Workshop

Saturday 23 November 10.30am-12.30pm  £18.00

Join Tamsin Anderson for this relaxed session learning the craft of needle felt. You’ll receive step by step guidance to make your own bearded elf (or Santa, if you prefer). Personalise your elf by choosing the colours of his outfit and his beard. Will your elf be a Christmas decoration, a handmade gift for a loved one or a new addition to the household? This workshop is suitable for children over the age of 10 years and also for adults. It would make a perfect pre-Christmas treat for a parent and older child to each do side by side.

For more information call 01724 297070 or email  To book your place ask in the gallery or visit Eventbrite


Tamsin Anderson needle felt hare

Needle Felt Hare Workshop

Saturday 23 November 1.30-3.30pm  £18.00

This needle felt workshop is aimed at adults and older teens who are interested in spending an afternoon being creative with like-minded people. Whether you are a beginner or have previous experience with felting you’re welcome to book on to this workshop where we will spend the afternoon creating a needle felted hare. You will receive step by step guidance and support to create your little creature. All materials provided. Age 16+ only.

For more information call 01724 297070 or email  To book your place ask in the gallery or visit Eventbrite


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Papercraft Christmas Lantern Workshop with Shobhna Patel

Saturday 7 December 1.30-3.30pm  £18.00

Create a beautiful and intricate papercraft lantern under the expertise of paper-engineer Shobhna Patel. Learn useful tips and tricks on paper craft to help you along the way and to utilise on future projects. The stunning paper craft lantern can be illuminated with an LED tealight. Perfect to use as a unique gift idea for friends or family, or simply keep for yourself! Suitable for age 16+.

For more information call 01724 297070 or email  To book your place ask in the gallery or visit Eventbrite


mixed media mouse sculptures by Kathryn Ashcroft

Textile Mouse Making Workshop with Kathryn Ashcroft

Saturday 23 November 10.30am-12.30pm  £18.00

Join Kathryn Ashcroft to create your own mixed-media mouse sculpture on a little wooden block. Your little mouse character will be personalised to tell your own story, with an array of details and props, created using model-making skills combined with stitching and textile techniques. All materials are provided, though participants may wish to bring their own fabrics and other mouse-related treasures to add a very personal touch to their work! Suitable for children age 8+ and also for adults.

For more information call 01724 297070 or email  To book your place ask in the gallery or visit Eventbrite


Fairies – Not Just for Christmas, a Textile Mixed-Media Workshop with Nicky Dillerstone

Saturday 21 December 10.30am-3.30pm

This day long workshop will focus on creating a very alternative fairy using pre-printed fabric, tactile finishes, soft metals and so much more. Simple sewing skills and a good imagination are all that is needed. All materials supplied. Suitable for age 16+

For more information call 01724 297070 or email  To book your place ask in the gallery or visit Eventbrite


Sue Stone textile portrait

A Focus on Faces Textile Workshop with Sue Stone

Saturday 18 January 2020  10.30am-3.30pm  £40

An introduction to hand stitch & appliqué portraits, suitable for all abilities.

In this workshop Sue will introduce you to working with faces. During the workshop you will start to make a figurative study in which the focus is on the face. Using simple techniques, such as appliqué, and a small hand stitch vocabulary Sue will guide you through quick & easy ways to get started and share the simple processes she uses herself.

There’s no need to be worried about your drawing ability Sue will provide some simple images as a starting point from which to work. By the end of the workshop participants will have the necessary skills to develop their own figurative work further and a piece of work started to develop at home.

The aim of the workshop is to gain the confidence to work figuratively and have fun doing it.

Suitable for age 16+

For more information call 01724 297070 or email  To book your place ask in the gallery or visit Eventbrite

Other adult workshops coming up include…

  • Saturday 25 January 10.30am-3.30pm: Collage, Poetry, Inspiration, Installation Workshop £70
  • Saturday 1 February 10.30am-3.30pm: Silver Ring Making Workshop with Diane Lee  £65
  • Saturday 8 February 1.30-3.30pm: Dream Handkerchief Image Transfer Workshop with Nicky Dillerstone  £18
  • Saturday 15 February 10.30-3.30pm: Stitched Shibori Workshop with CarolAnn Allan  £35
  • Saturday 22 February 10.30am-3.30pm: Drop Spinning Workshop with Joan Haliwell  £25
  • Saturday 29 February 10.30am-3.30pm:  Re-used/Reinvented Textiles & Print Workshop with Jane McKeating  £35

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 by clicking on the link next to the appropriate date.

See below for dates and times in 2019.

No session during October

Saturday 9 November (book online here)

Saturday 7 December (book online here)

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

Wednesdays during term time 1-4pm  £FREE

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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.

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

Next Session Thursday 14 November 1-3pm


Artist Susan Simpson plucking her eyebrows

In the next of our informal artist’s forums on 14 November, artist and photographer Susan Simpson is returning to lead the discussion. This time her chosen subject is class, and whether practising fine art has become a luxury the working class are no longer privy to.

Susan says – “In this session we’ll look at whether the socio-economic situation is forcing people out of the art scene and out of an opportunity to bring their stories to the public arena”

The session, as usual will take place in the gallery café, which offers an informal setting to look at and debate topics relevant to the creative community. There will also be the opportunity 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.

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.

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