Families will be able to enjoy rarely seen works by some of the world’s most famous artists as part of an extraordinary exhibition coming to Scunthorpe’s 20-21 Visual Arts Centre this summer.
Visitors to the New Icons exhibition, which opens on 16 July, will have the chance to see more than 90 artworks by household names including Banksy, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, KAWS, Blek le Rat and many more.
It is expected to be the most popular show ever seen in Scunthorpe and is the latest high-profile exhibition in the popular arts centre’s 20 year history.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“To stage the New Icons exhibition, that features work by many of the biggest artists of our time, is a real privilege and incredibly exciting.
“We are expecting the exhibition to bring more than 20,000 visitors into the heart of Scunthorpe town centre, many from outside the area, which will be a massive boost to the local economy, and a brilliant showcase for everything North Lincolnshire has to offer.”
The atmospheric nave of the Grade II* listed former church building at 20-21 has been chosen as the perfect place to display the artworks, which are on loan from John Brandler, one of the world’s biggest street art collectors.
All the artworks are for sale.
One of the many highlights of the exhibition is Banksy’s iconic ‘Hula Girl’, along with other paintings and over 20 prints and editions by the artist.
Now removed from its original location to be preserved, ‘Hula Girl’ is painted on brickwork and is hugely complex to move.
Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities – urban, said:
“Over the course of 20-21’s incredible 20-year history, the gallery has continued to put North Lincolnshire on the creative map, with more than 800,000 visitors flocking to see a huge variety of international installations.
“These have included everything from Antony Gormley’s 40,000 terracotta figures in 2014 and stunning LEGO models in 2019’s Brick by Brick, right through to Luke Jerram’s magnificent Museum of the Moon that wowed visitors last year.
“As well as these landmark exhibitions, staff work hard to make sure the art on offer is as accessible as possible. Their Get Crafty sessions for adults with additional needs are held weekly, as are the Stick and Splodge workshops for under-fives, both of which are extremely popular with local families.”
New Icons will be on display from 16 July to 5 November 2022. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. While entry to the venue is free, entry to the exhibition itself will be by ticket only.
North Lincolnshire residents will be able to obtain free tickets.
The cost of tickets for those living outside North Lincolnshire will be £8 for adults and £5 for children aged 12 and over. Free tickets will be available for children under 12.
Tickets will be released on 16 June through ArtTickets
To find out more about the exhibition, and purchase tickets, visit the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre website.