Important Notice

Due to current CV-19 restrictions 20-21 Visual Arts Centre is temporarily closed. We will re-open when we can in line with Government guidance.

Family Activities

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is a family focused venue. We aim to offer exhibitions, free workshops, activities and events which are suitable for children and young people of all ages, and our gallery café dishes up a great children’s menu.

However, due to the current COVID-19 requirements, changes have been made to our usual ARTivity table of free craft activities. Instead we now have ARTivities and colouring sheets in pre-prepared packs which contain materials you need to be creative at home. Just ask a Gallery Assistant. These craft activities are free but any donations towards the cost of materials are gratefully received.

Here on our website we’re sharing ideas and instruction sheets for family activities you can do at home.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is one of the 750 organisations across the UK who have pledged to meet the Family Arts Standards, a UK-wide recognised quality-mark demonstrating excellence in family provision.

Scroll down or use the links below for more information about our family-focused events and activities


ARTivity Table

Due to current Covid regulations we have no ARTivity table at the moment. However you can pick up your choice of three different takeaway ARTivities when you visit our Craft Council exhibition Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine at Scunthorpe Central library. Just ask a member of staff for a pack.

Flamingo necklace, origami jewellery and dinosaur badge activities

ARTivities Online!

Because 20-21 Visual Arts Centre is closed at the moment due to national restrictions we have taken our ARTivities online. Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing activities linked to our exhibitions. We’re sharing some of our ARTivities in the form of instructionals and downloadable templates and colouring sheets, and some new ideas from our Inspired Learning team.

Activities shared here are gradually being added to our ARTivities Blog page. This extension to our Education Blog will over time build up into a permanent resource of activities to do at home or in the classroom or community group. Why not take a look?


colourful papercraft 3D beetle next to an artwork containing a smaller 3D beetle in coloured metal

Papercraft Beetle

Create your own papercraft beetle, inspired by Melanie Tomlinson’s exhibition Ghost Horses and Guns, and the beautiful details in her works. It’s a simple make, with just three pieces to cut out, but very effective. We’ve included a b/w template as well as the coloured, so you can colour your beetle with your own choice of colours if you prefer. Print a few out to different sizes and make a whole range of minibeasts.

Click on the link to download the instructions and templates

Beetle Instructions and Templates (pdf)


ARTivities Extra

ARTivities EXTRA is our series of workshops for families.  Led by visiting artists or one of the experienced Learning Development Assistants of our Inspired Learning team, these sessions are fun for all ages!  Book your place by visiting the gallery or online by visiting our Eventbrite page.


Stick & Splodge

Window paint saying Welcome under 5's and a review from Kayleigh on Facebook saying "Brilliant activities for kids. My daughter loves Stick and Splodge"

Stick and Splodge has gone online for the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic measures!

Until our regular Thursday morning Stick and Splodge sessions at 20-21 are able to begin again, we’ll be sharing fun activities to do with your under 5’s here on the gallery website. If you want to make-along with the 20-21 community, why not join our 20-21 Visual Arts Centre ARTivities Group over on Facebook. Look out for a new activity each week. Alternatively, head on over to our YouTube channel, where you find instructional videos and lots more for young children.

Stick & Splodge at home

WOW! – Draw an Owl with Tim Hopgood

To accompany our recent WOW! Said the Owl exhibition, author/illustrator made a series of videos, reading the story, exploring colours and showing us how he creates the images for his much loved book. In this video he shows us how to draw a big owl using charcoal. Take a look at our WOW! Said the Owl playlist on YouTube for the rest of the videos.

For more information about our family activities, please call 01724 297070 or email

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If you have enjoyed our free Fundays and events please support us by making a donation.

To find out about all the events and activities that are taking place at 20-21 please visit our What’s on pages.