Family Activities

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is a family focused venue. We 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.

Our ARTivity area offers art and craft activities designed by our Gallery Assistants for visitors of all ages to enjoy.  These craft activities are free but any donations towards the cost of materials are gratefully received.

ARTivities Extra offers workshops with more involved makes or using materials which aren’t suitable for the ARTivity area, and our Art Club gives the chance to work with exhibiting artists or to complete an Arts Award. Stick & Splodge offers fun messy activities for under 5’s.

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

The ARTivity table has returned to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre! Spaces are limited, with each child and accompanying adult sitting at a separate table. Join us and make a new craft activity each week, linked to our exhibitions or to the seasons and special occasions. ARTivities are available on Saturdays and daily during school holidays.


cardcraft and safety pin necklace showing two birds holding a Love banner between them  Multicoloured ARTivities Logo in blue, orange and green

Tattoo Necklace

25 June

Our free craft activity on the ARTivity table today is this tattoo necklace, based on Clare Morton’s exhibition Fish Bones and Free People. We love the rainbow colours!

Other activities and colouring sheets are also available.


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 Arts and Heritage Learning team, these sessions are fun for all ages!  Book your place by visiting the gallery or online by visiting our ArtTickets page (just scroll down the page to browse our ticketed events).

Watch this space for announcements of upcoming ARTivities Extra workshops.

Adult and child crafting together  ARTivities EXTRA logo, in blue, orange and green

Art Club

A new venture for 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Art Club is for children (and their families) to explore their creativity. Each club will have a theme. This could be a guest artist’s work, an explore arts award, or maybe developing a new technique, using a new material or trying out different ways to be creative.

Watch this space for announcements of our next Art Club event.

Stick & Splodge

a photocollage of images of bright and colourful toys and activities for under 5s

Stick and Splodge

Thursdays 10.30am – 12 noon   £2.50

Our regular Thursday morning Stick and Splodge sessions at 20-21 restart on 5 May. To help to keep everyone safe, numbers are limited to 10 children per session (plus their grown ups).

We’ve been busy during the Easter break and have bought in lots of new toys and art materials to play with. They look like great fun.

In a change to our system, there is now no need to book ahead! Just turn up and pay at reception. The £2.50 charge gives entry to a child and an accompanying adult.

There’ll be lots of fun activities and messy play for preschoolers, and a chance for grown ups to chat too.


Stick and Splodge at Home

If you’re not able to make it to our Stick and Splodge sessions, you could always make something at home. If you’re looking for inspiration, head on over to our YouTube channel, where you find instructional videos and lots more for young children.

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

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If you have enjoyed our free ARTivities and workshops please support us by making a donation.