Touring Exhibitions Archive

 20-21 Visual Arts Centre has an enviable reputation for creating family friendly, interactive and original touring exhibitions. Take a look at our archive of past touring exhibitions which have been created by the gallery and been shown in many art centres, galleries and museums across the country.


One of our first touring shows, this exhibition of rotund and humorous papier-mache figures by Scottish artist Mhairi Corr toured to 12 venues from the beginning of 2005 to the end of 2006.

Painted Prayers

This exhibition of vibrant paintings by artist Caroline Jariwala toured to 8 venues between September 2005 and January 2008.

Dreams Made Manifest

Between March 2010 and May 2011, this exhibition of work by the renowned artist Halima Cassell toured to 8 venues.

Sparkle and Spin

Featuring installations of alien-like creatures made from repurposed fabrics, this exhibition of work by Scottish artist Paola McClure toured to 9 venues.

Beastly Machines

One of our most highly toured exhibitions, this show of kinetic sculptures by husband and wife team, Johnny White and Amanda Wray, was hosted by 17 venues and was seen by over 178,800 visitors.

Art+ Play

This interactive exhibition created with and for pre-school children and their grown-ups toured to seven venues between 2011 and 2014.

Deities at the Bottom of the Garden

In Deities at the Bottom of the Garden, artist Richard Bartle explores in minute detail the customs and icons of major world religions and belief systems. The exhibition took the form of twelve scale modelled garden sheds whose interiors revealed miniature places of worship of different world faiths.

Everyday Objects

In 2011, artist Jason Taylor set himself the mammoth task of using mundane household objects to create a new artwork every day throughout 2012. Everyday Objects was his resulting collection of experimental designs.

Burnt Out

This exhibition of beautifully crafted work by artist Helen Snell featured themes such as slavery, polar exploration, and warfare. As well as her signature laser cut white paper and card, for this show Helen experimented with new materials including stainless steel, acrylic and fabric.

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants

Our most popular touring exhibition to date, it travelled the length and breadth of the country between 2015 and 2019. Hosted by 18 venues and seen by more than 206,000 visitors, this family friendly, hands-on exhibition entered the world of children’s book illustrator and author Nick Sharratt. Visitors were able to immerse themselves in Sharatt’s world, find out about his childhood and what inspired him to become an illustrator, and meet a host of the characters that he has created throughout his career.


Animotion, James Mulkeen

Using animation as a starting point, six new commissions were produced with a focus on interactivity and visitor participation.

Human Machines 

Kinetic Sculptures by Johnny White and Amanda Wray. Following the phenomenal success of Beastly Machines, Johnny White and Amanda Wray produced a new touring exhibition entitled Human Machines. The exhibition, which comprised of seven large scale artworks, is inspired by the common experiences and feelings, as well as pivotal moments in life, which affect us all as humans.

Brick by Brick

Human sized lego by Little Big Art

Brick by Brick featured the work of 18 international artists who use LEGO bricks as their inspiration.

The exhibition was show at 20-21 from 5 October 2019 to 4 January 2020. It then toured to 15 additional venues and was seen by over 232,000 visitors.


The participating artists were;

The Little Artists, David Hughes, David Turner, Jason Freeny, Ekow Nimako, Cole Blaq, Janet Curley Cannon, Hannah Gibson, Little Big Art, Zino, Eat My Bricks, Samsofy, James Paterson, Agabag, Michael Brennand-Wood, AME72, Valentino Fialdini and Jonathan Rolph.


Mythomania was an Arts Council England funded touring exhibition of work by Canadian artist, Ian Kirkpatrick. It explored humanity’s fascination with mythic narratives – from ancient Greek legends to modern superheroes and ‘fake news’.


The exhibition was on show at 20-21 from 6 July to 5 October 2019 and then toured to three additional venues.


Human Machines

Human Machines was an Arts Council England funded touring exhibition of work by Johnny White and Amanda Wray. This humorous and interactive exhibition of kinetic sculptures was inspired by the common experiences and feelings, as well as pivotal moments in life, which affect us all as humans.

The exhibition opened at 20-21 in July 2019 and the show toured to four additional venues, receiving over 12,600 visitors, until April 2020 when Covid 19 struck. Unfortunately, the remaining four venues on the exhibition’s tour were forced to cancel due to the pandemic and the exhibition was decommissioned.

Art In The Minster

Art In The Minster was a programme of contemporary art exhibitions at Grimsby Minster, produced in partnership with arts collective Our Big Picture. The project presented works that had previously been exhibited at 20-21, within the setting of a busy working church and community hub. Special consideration was given to artworks that were appropriate to the setting, either responding to world religions, or that worked well within the architectural setting.

Art In the Minster programme: