Here at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, we have five exhibition spaces showing a range of contemporary art and craft from local, regional, national and international artists.

Please note:

The Nave and Chancel spaces are currently closed until summer 2024 due to work restoring the former St John’s Church building.

Current exhibitions:

29 June to 26 October 2024
Fabric Lenny – Totem Stacks and Kindly Acts
Yorkshire based artist Fabric Lenny uses drawing as a springboard to everything: painting, sculpture, public art and animation, creating ‘candy for the eye and musings for the soul’. This exhibition includes new and existing paintings, prints and sculptures, shown throughout the new-build areas of the building – including new site specific artwork on the gallery and reception windows.

Coming soon:

10 August to 25 October 2024
A Dog’s Life.
The former church section of the building re-opens this summer with a Dog takeover in our new canine themed show It’s a Dog’s Life! Artists include Sophie Ryder, David Shrigley, Mychael Barratt, Martha Todd, Holy Smoke, Shauna Richardson and Gerrard Gethings.

25 August 2024
Strong as Steel
Taking place at 20-21 and areas around Scunthorpe Pride 2024, Strong as Steel aims be a multifaceted, interdisciplinary exhibition consisting of invited artists, and artists selected from an open call for both emerging and established artists who identify themselves as queer.

Virtual 3D exhibition tour (Online Only):

Our latest virtual gallery tour was recorded in July 2022 –  New Icons, one of the UKs biggest ever exhibitions documenting the Street Art movement, and artists that influenced or are associated with it.

Art in a computer generated gallery

Welcome Home – A Virtual Gallery Takeover – Artist Sam Metz has worked with a team of 16-25 year olds to create and curate a virtual exhibition in a 3D digital space.


Why not check out our exhibitions archive and read about some of the fantastic exhibitions we’ve had at 20-21 over the years?

As well as the exhibitions we organise for in-house, we also manage the touring of exhibitions to venues across the UK and overseas. For details of our current touring exhibitions, visit our Touring Exhibitions page.