Thursday, 18 July 2013

Project Willows

At the back end of last year, 20-21 were approached to deliver a session to a group of primary school children, as part of a project, looking at introducing children to new places and for them to meet new people and try out exciting new activities developed especially for them. This pilot project became known as Project Willows; a name decided by the group of children on their first day. Education at 20-21 quickly became the project management for the pilot, taking it in a creative and fun direction.
Project Willows was a 12 week programme which started and ended with the childrens' interests at its core. Creative sessions were developed around the theme of gaming and the arts. Children designed characters, costumes, missions and computer games, as well as attending places like Doncaster Race Course and local colleges.
There were lots of partners involved to ensure a quality diverse offer. On 10th July 2013, Project Willows sadly came to an end and went out with a bang with a big event and exhibition held at 20-21.
Below are some pictures of the sorts of things we got up to at that event!
Chloe showed Mr Garbutt around the exhibition, reminding him of all the creative printing techniques they used to make their bright and colourful bags and artworks.

Pupils explained to adults and parents the sorts of activities they got up to during their time on Project Willows. The children made clay sculptures to depict their future aspirations.

Chloe and Reece with their mums, pointing out all the pictures of themselves doing various workshops.

Harry and Owen showed Mr Tinsley around their exhibition. Mr Tinsley came up with the idea for Project Willows and supported each and every decision made, guaranteeing quality in our offer.

Owen telling adults about the fun we had making clay sculptures..

The boys performed their drama piece that was created with Duckegg Theatre Group.

Mr Garbutt being shown the childrens' clay sculptures.
The pupils talked through what sort of jobs they want when they grow up.

Cats - represent one of the pupils wanting to be a vet.

Once everyone had had a bite to eat and seen their glorious exhibition, parents, pupils and adults were taken through to the gallery to watch a short documentary of the children's views of Project Willows. The pcompleted an activity, to decorate a DVD cover so they could take their copy of the documentary home with them.

Everyone was so busy, they didn't realise a famous football manager had arrived!

Brian Laws is the football manager for Scunthorpe United Football Club.
He came along to congratulate us all and present the children with their certificates and medals of achievement.

Once the event was over, the children filled their screen printed bags with the clay sculptures, pictures and memories of their time of Project Willows.

Everyone has agreed that Project Willows was a massive success! Education at 20-21 feel honoured and priviledged to have had played a big role in such an exciting pilot project. We look forward tro running bigger and better long-term schemes for schools who are interested in upskilling pupils and introducing them to new experiences.
For more information on what took part during Project Willows, or for how to get invovled in future long-term projects, please don't hesitate to contact our Education Ofiicer, Hayley McPhun on 01724 297070 or

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Summer break Newsletter

We are fast approaching the end of the school year. Winding down and wrapping up is always a good way of reflecting on the educational impact we've been making throughout the year.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre has been thriving with school visits including an Andy Warhol workshop with Burton Primary and on going creative curriculum support with Brumby Juniors among many others. We've run major projects with Willoughby Road Primary and Eastfield Primary that have tackled embedding arts throughout the curriculum, training a whole staff team and tackling issues facing potential NEET primary children. Have a look at this newsletter for further information of what we've been up to, or scroll through the blog to discover what other schools we've been working with this term.


As a result of such a successful school year, 20-21 have been looking at our education offer. From September we will have new loan packs, new workshops and exciting exhibitions on the horizon for next year! More details can be found on the "Education Offer" page on this blog, which is now unlocked from the school's firewall, meaning all pupils and staff can access the blog on school computers throughout North Lincolnshire!
We'll be around until the end of July, if you have an queries regards any of the above information.

We hope you have a great summer break. See you next year!

Friday, 12 July 2013

Brumby Juniors do it again!

Brumby Juniors appear to be one of the most art active schools in North Lincolnshire! They've been running the creative curriculum for two years now, with tremendous success. Our Education Officer, Hayley, went along to Brumby's creative showcase to see the performances she helped develop, and the beautiful artworks the children had produced in her absence.

Mrs Pitois bravely ran a shadow puppet workshop throughout the summer term. The children started by visiting 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and watching the popular Sharmanka exhibition before taking part in a "starting point" shadow puppet workshop, introcuding the idea of shadow play and performance.

Below are some photos of the very successful shadow plays, performed by the children at the showcase event:

A HUGE congratulations to all the shadow performers, who were a little worried the last time we met them. What a great success all the hard work turned out to be!

Remember a few weeks ago when we hosted a workshop at Brumby Juniors to support their Everyday Objects workshop? Well, their showcase was great! Children were showing parents how to make the Flyer Flowers that we all made, together.

The children were taking the flyers apart to use them as separate sheets. They looked so much clearer and brighter than the ones we had previously made. Lots of critical analysis and reconstruction of ideas proves a big success!


The whole school was animated with art, creativity and intrigue. Each classroom became a hive of activity with children showing parents how to batik, tie dye, do aboriginal art, and showed them all about pop art and Andy Warhol! Below is just a small selection of photos taken on the day of the showcase!


Once again, a massive congratulations to all the pupils and teachers who have worked very hard over the summer term to make some truly stunning artworks and performances. It is a delight to have worked with you all and encouraged the creativity out of each of the pupils in our workshops. What lucky children the Brumby pupils are, to have halls adorned with such bright and interesting art!

We can't wait for next year's showcase!!

Thursday, 11 July 2013


We are very excited to have a Summer Parade, this Saturday at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre!

There will be lots of activities to keep all the family entertained in this celebration of all things summer! This FREE event has lots of activities and workshops to get involved with!

Come and decorate Kirsty Champ's beautiful summertime lanterns, have a bounce on the bouncy castle (for a small fee), or get stuck into some craft and costume making!

Come and make a NOISE at the drumming workshop at 11.30am and parade our stunning lanterns around church square in Scunthorpe from 2pm onwards!

Summer Parade is part of this year's Big Sky Festival, which celebrates the arts in North Lincolnshire. We will be at the Big Sky Showcase, at The Baths Hall on Sunday 14th July.... come and help us and Kirsty Champ make some beautiful sculptures that will go in our gardens, here at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre!

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Bottesford Juniors Creative Triumph!

After our very successful Teacher's Twilight back in April this year, Bottesford Juniors' Arts Co-ordinator, Mrs Horsewood, embarked on a brave journey to encourage all children in the school to get creative!

Using a template presented by Mrs Fox AST and Art Co-ordinator for Brumby Junior School, Mrs Horsewood asked each of the teachers to come up with a creative workshop that they could deliver for four Fridays in the lead up to a final showcase event.

Workshops such as cross stich, computerised art, shadow puppetry, dance, music and stop frame animation among lots of other exciting things. Hayley, our Education Officer was honored to have been invited as a special guest, to the performance morning on 4th July. The event was expertly put together, with parents invited as the audience members. Hayley saw pupils shine a light on their musical ability, poetic performances, mime, dramatic scenes and shadow puppetry. Children stood in front of the stage to announce each of their performances and gave a special thank you to 20-21 for inspiring their creative juices and showing them how to make shadow theatre.

Here are some photos of the displays colourfully brightening up the school hall:


A really special thank you to all the pupils and staff at Bottesford Juniors for inviting us along to their first creative workshop showcase! What an excellent morning or talent, intrigue and a little bit of Gangnam Style! We would very much like to come along again next year, to see more of the same!