20th Anniversary Exhibition

20th Anniversary badge design by Ian Kirkpatrick    Building work converting St Johns Church into 2021 Visual Arts Centre    Our Colour Reflection by Liz West showing hundreds of coloured reflective discs arranged across the floor of 20-21


17 May to 18 September

Celebrating twenty years of 20-21

A little over twenty years ago, North Lincolnshire Council undertook a huge transformation project. This project developed, restored and converted Scunthorpe’s derelict former St. John the Evangelist Church building into a visual arts centre. On 19 May 2001, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre opened its doors to the public for the first time, and 20 years, 367 exhibitions and a whopping 753,000 visitors later, we are still bringing quality contemporary visual art to North Lincolnshire and beyond.

This year at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary – inviting you to look back on twenty years of contemporary art and crafts exhibitions and events which have showcased local, regional, national and international artists and encouraged community participation in the visual arts.

The unique history of our venue will be celebrated in this exhibition, which will feature information about previous shows and notable visits, including one from Her Majesty the Queen and the late HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Archive images, videos and press-cuttings tell the history of the gallery and of twenty years of creativity in Scunthorpe.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and got us this far. We wouldn’t have made it without the staff, partners, funders, artists, and of course, our wonderful visitors that come back time and time again.

Visiting our exhibitions

To help us comply with CV-19 regulations we have introduced a system of free timed tickets to access the exhibition areas of 20-21 Visual arts Centre. Each ticket will admit a social bubble of up to six people to all of our current exhibition spaces.

While we still welcome walk-up visitors with no tickets, booking ahead will ensure entry at your chosen time and helps prevent queues.



Top: 20th anniversary badge design by Ian Kirkpatrick.

Middle: ‘2020one’ leaflet announcing the creation of 20-21.

Bottom: Image of Our Colour Reelection exhibition by Liz West (photo Hannah Devereux).