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:

27 January to 27 April
Introducing 2024
We launch our new year programme with a series of 5 short Introducing exhibitions, showcasing emerging contemporary artists and students from our area.  Artists include Hannah Hill, David Alcock, Sam Larter, Lottie Thompson and Abby Frances.

Coming soon:

4 May to 22 June
Scunthorpe: Through Our Eyes
What do you find beautiful, or ugly, about your surroundings? What would you think of as ‘typically Scunthorpe?’ What would be a ‘hidden gem’ that no-one would expect to see in this area? We’re now taking submissions for this open call photography exhibition – anyone can take part. Deadline 24 April.

29 June to 26 October
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.

20 July to 28 September
It’s a Dog’s Life!
The church 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 Gethins.

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.