About 20-21

Welcome to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

The entrance to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is housed in the former St. John’s Church building in Church Square, Scunthorpe. Since the gallery’s doors first opened in 2001 we have developed a reputation for offering a varied and exciting exhibition programme of contemporary art, craft and design.  We show around 20 exhibitions per year, across six exhibition spaces, and aim to be as ambitious and creatively diverse.  As well as bringing arts and culture to the local community, we aim to exhibit art by groups that are traditionally under represented in mainstream galleries.

Encompassing a wide range of media, subjects and artistic approaches, we present a mixture of in-house curated exhibitions, touring shows and exhibitions developed in partnership with fellow creative organisations.  We also produce and deliver our own touring exhibitions to other galleries nationally, and offer an extensive education programme for all ages and abilities.

We’re an Arts Council England [National Portfolio Organisation (NPO] which means funding thanks to tax payers and National Lottery players plays a huge part in supporting our work.


General Information

Opening Times:

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 – 16:00

General admission to the gallery is FREE.


20-21 has six gallery spaces showing a range of art, craft and design, changing regularly throughout the year.

There is no need to book ahead to visit our exhibitions.

Church Gallery 1

Children and Families

Family fun is one of our main goals here at 20-21.  As well as themed workshops and regular sessions for babies and toddlers, we have an activity table in the main gallery with weekly themed “ARTivities” that families can work on together.


Throughout the year we run a range of events, including exhibition openings, family fun days and so much more.

Visit our What’s on page for more information.


20-21 Montage

Award Winning Café

20-21 has a family friendly and fully accessible café.  Our menu includes hot and cold meals, snacks, delicious homemade cakes and bakes, fresh ground coffee and speciality teas – all at affordable prices.

  • The highest Food Hygiene Rating level 5 from the Food Standards Agency Scores on the Doors scheme
  • Healthy Options Gold Award.


Our shop is filled with unique craft and design items, handmade by artists living and working in the UK.  You won’t find anything like this on the High Street!


20-21 is fully accessible to pushchairs and wheelchairs. Our accessible toilet and baby changing facility are available for public use.

There are parking spaces for blue badge holders in front of Church Square House.

20-21 are delighted to introduce Sensory Backpacks to help aid the visit of a SEND child as they explore our Art Gallery. The bag can be collected from the reception desk and is FREE to use throughout your visit. The contents of the bag will provide entertainment, stimulation and support with engaging in the exhibition spaces and collections.

For further information about accessibility at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre click here or call 01724 297070.

Free Wi-Fi

There’s free fast Wi-Fi throughout 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. Feel free to use it to share your visit on Social Media. Make sure you tag us in your posts. We love to see your comments and photographs. Just look for NLC-Guest on your available Wi-Fi connections, and register.

Award Winning Venue

20-21 Visual Arts Centre has received recognition as:

  • An Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation
  • A recommended attraction from Trip Advisor
  • A Quality Assured Visitor Attraction from Visit England
  • A Breastfeeding Welcome Here from BABES, North Lincolnshire Council and the NHS
  • An Opening Doors, Silver Award from the Disability Standards North Lincolnshire
  • An Arts Award Supporter.

In 2014 we were awarded an Arts Council England Small Capital Grant of nearly £500,000 to update and enhance the building facilities. This work was completed in Spring 2016.

Our award-winning education service is committed to offering valuable work experience placements for a variety of schools, colleges and universities. This has been reflected in a number of certificates of appreciation from schools and an Employer Engagement Award from John Leggott College in 2015.

The service has also received the national Learning Outside the Classroom Award.


What do our visitors say?

“Amazing gallery. Fantastic that it is here in Scunthorpe.”

“Brilliant place for kids to learn and get creative.”

“All the exhibitions were fantastic. What clever people!”

“Always love it here – a world of ideas.”