Monday, 15 December 2014

Students and Pupils, Old and Young, All Enjoying 20-21

Last Thursday (4 December) was a busy one here at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre as we welcomed visitors from both St Luke's Primary School and North Lindsey College. 

The group from St Luke's came to look at Nick Sharratt's 'Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants' exhibition. The exhibition explores the colourful world of  internationally-renowned author and illustrator, Nick Sharratt, so it is excellent for school groups to explore not only art and design, but also literacy.

Visitors enjoying the Nick Sharratt dressing up box

The neoprene costumes in the exhibition, based on some of Nick's illustrations, proved to be really popular with both staff and pupils!

Whilst they were here, the St Luke's pupils also made use of our Activity Table. Using ideas from Nick Sharratt's lift-the-flaps books 'Fancy Dress Farmyard' and 'Fancy Dress Jungle', they designed their own fancy dress costume for a sheep, pig or chicken. 

Fancy Dress Jungle, Nick Sharratt

Photography students from North Lindsey College, meanwhile, came to look at Simon Longworth's photographs. Brought up in Winteron, Simon worked as an army photographer during a 6 month tour of Afghanistan, documenting army life from the dramatic to the mundane. 
Simon Longworth's exhibition

Although they came primarily for Simon's poignant photographs, the students just couldn't resist a quick snap of themselves in our Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants comic façade - and we don't blame them!

(Not the NLC students - they wouldn't let us ruin their street cred')

St Luke's joins the expanding list of schools that have visited or organised a visit to see Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants here at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. Don't worry if your school haven't booked their visit yet, there is still time before the exhibition closes on 21 February. 
You can contact us to book a visit to any of our exhibitions for your school or college on 01724 297070, or email us at

Monday, 8 December 2014

Scunthorpe C of E - Master Puppeteers!

On Wednesday, 3 December, Scunthorpe Church of England Primary School came to 20-21 to have a look at our Nick Sharratt exhibition and then have a workshop on puppet-making! 

Everyone hard at work creating their puppets

The year 1s at Scunthorpe CofE have been looking at the topic of toys and came to 20-21 to try their hands at making their own.

Talk to the puppet

Looking around the Nick Sharratt, 'Pirates Pants and Wellyphants' exhibition, the children took ideas about the different types of characters they could make; human, animal or otherwise! 

Back in the Education Room, the children designed their own characters on paper using ideas from the exhibition and then learnt how to bring their characters to life as their very own puppets - even making them talk!

Each child took their puppet home and we were really impressed with their imaginative characters.

If you would like your school to become master puppeteers too, or to organise your own tour and workshop, please get in touch on 01724 297070, or email us at

Monday, 1 December 2014

Spaces Still Available for the 20-21 Teachers' Group

The 20-21 Teachers' Group is a space for arts educators across all sectors and Key Stages to meet, share ideas and learn new skills in the arts.

The first Teachers' Group session was held on 14th October and delivered by artist Dominic Heffer, who focused on improving drawing skills.

We received some fantastic feedback from teachers from the first session;

"Very informative. Lovely atmosphere. Super interaction with others. Expert, exciting knowledge, super delivery. Many thanks, a very enjoyable experience."

"Superb workshop with excellent instruction. I feel much more confident about trying drawing activities in school myself now." 

But don't worry if you weren't there, you haven't missed out as the 20-21 Teacher's Group still has places available!

Artist Linda Ingham will deliver the next session on improving painting skills on 27th January.Then in April, Alexis Rago will lead the group in a different direction and focus on using clay to coincide with Anthony Gormley's, The Field, here at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. 

20-21 Teacher's Group meet three times every academic year and membership costs only £120. However, joining now will mean a reduced rate of only £80 for the rest of the academic year.

Being a member of the 20-21 Teacher's group, you also receive the following benefits:
  • 10% discount on your school workshop bookings,
  • 10% discount on all Teacher Training,
  • One FREE Guided Tour per school year,
  • 10% discount in 20-21’s café and gift shop for the named teacher for the school year,
  • A one-to-one consultation meeting with an experienced arts educator worth £50.

If you are interested in joining the Teacher's Group at 20-21, please do not hesitate to contact us on or by calling 01724 297070.