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.

To help us remain Covid Secure, entry to some of 20-21 Visual Arts Centre’s busier exhibitions will be by free ticket only. Please check our current exhibitions to see if you need to book ahead.
Please read our visitor information before visiting.

Current exhibitions:

None of our current exhibitions require pre-booked tickets. Just drop in.

18 December to 26 March 
Nic Salmon – 35 Years On – Photographer Nic Salmon presents a series of fascinating portraits of individuals in Scunthorpe, separated by time.

Continuing into 2022
Dan Rawlings – Future Returns – Now showing in our Gallery Courtyard, Dan Rawlings’ vision of a post-industrial future


Virtual 3D exhibition tours (Online Only):

These exhibitions were on display behind closed doors in 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in 2020 during the global CV-19 pandemic. We have brought them to you as virtual exhibitions, to be experienced on your PC, smart device or VR headset.

Heather Phillipson: TRUE TO SIZE (Virtual 3D tour) – Displayed in the Nave Gallery at 20-21 Visual Arts 25 January 2020 until the summer of that year, as CV-19 halted everything. Take a virtual tour around this mixed media installation of stimulating, fantastical and furry sculptural narratives. Click the link to be taken directly to the virtual tour experience.

Mandy Barker: Our Plastic Ocean (Virtual 3D tour)– Displayed at 20-21 Visual Arts 14 March to 12 September 2020. Mandy Barker addresses the current global crisis of marine plastic pollution. Click the link to view the exhibition in 3D on your digital device.

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.


Forthcoming exhibitions:

29 January – 23 April 2022

20-21 Open Exhibition of Art and Sculpture – Find out how to submit your artwork for selection

More announcements coming soon.

Postponed exhibition:

X Change – 10 contemporary artists from Scunthorpe’s German twin town Lüneburg.

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.