20-21 Visual Arts Centre welcomes visitors back

Tourism, Museums and The Arts
16:04, Friday, 3rd July 2020

After a few months away, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre reopened to visitors on Saturday 4 July with a number of new measures in place to keep everyone safe.

Visitors will be able to explore three exciting exhibitions:

  • Our Plastic Ocean by photographer Mandy Barker. This is open until September.
  • The Way of all Flesh by Jamie Frost. This is a powerful collection of large scale carved wood sculpture, drawings and maquettes.
  • Uncertain Spaces: Spirits of Place and Foreshadowing by realist painter, Andy Cropper. It shows detailed paintings of quiet and empty nocturnal cityscapes.

To control visitor numbers within the building and to help maintain a safe distance, anyone who would like to visit 20-21 needs to pre-book. A dedicated time slot at 3pm has been allocated for each day for people who are shielding. At this time, those who are shielding will be the only visitors in the building. To book a free visitor slot, go to the 20-21 website.

A number of other health and safety measures will also be in place, they include:

  • A member of staff will welcome visitors and explain the new safety measures that are in place.
  • Visitor details will be taken to assist with the NHS Test and Trace system. For more details on this, visit the government’s website.
  • A one way system for walking through the building.
  • Hand sanitising stations throughout the building.
  • Only the accessible toilet and baby changing facility will be open. These will be cleaned regularly and cleaning wipes will be provided for visitors to use.
  • Contactless payment is being encouraged and the card machine will be clean after every transaction.

Whilst the doors have been closed at 20-21, many people have joined the Facebook groups and got involved in all the different activities and discussions. These groups will continue once 20-21 reopens.

For ideas for craft activities with the family, go to the 20-21 website and the ARTivities blog, which is becoming a great resource for creative activities.