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New exhibition at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre explores youth identity

Added on: 19th February, 2010

New exhibition at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre explores youth identity

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Fri, 19 February 2010

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A new exhibition exploring youth culture and identity has opened at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe.

Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair features work by nine contemporary artists including an installation by Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller.

Mr Deller's The Uses of Literacy is on loan from the Arts Council England collection.

This is the first time an artwork from the collection, which contains work by many of the UK's best-known artists, has been shown at 20-21.

The title of the exhibition is taken from a song by Welsh band the Manic Street Preachers and refers to feelings of disillusionment sometimes felt by young people who think society does not understand their needs.

Most of the artists in the exhibition have worked closely with young people, either through their day-to-day lives, or through their art.

Guy Tarrant is exhibiting a collection of balls left stranded on the rooftops of school buildings and cabinets full of items confiscated from secondary school pupils.

These range from the comical - a set of hand drawn playing cars and a boomerang confiscated while a pupil was singing Rolf Harris songs - to sinister weapons such as an iron bar and flick knives.

Other works include a 10 meter long painting by the artist David Hancock, the largest painting ever displayed at 20-21.

Mr Hancock has been funded by Arts Council England to work with young people from Scunthorpe's BASE youth centre to create a series of paintings about how they interact with computer games.

These paintings will be shown as part of a solo show at 20-21 in the summer.

Other artists taking part include painter Jack Davies, photographer Andrew Glinka, Annabel McCourt and Rhian Lonergan-White, Jonathan J K Morris, Amanda Spawforth and Steve Upton.

There will also be artworks on show by young people from across the region including the winning entry in the 2009 Scunthorpe Youth Film Festival.

This exhibition is aimed at young people and adults. Some exhibits may not be suitable for younger children.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 15 May 2010. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

Details: 01724 297070 or email

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is at St John's Church, Church Square, Scunthorpe.

Cllr Christine O'Sullivan, cabinet member for sport, leisure and culture, said:

"At 20-21 we stage a wide variety of exhibitions to suit most people's tastes.

"This is quite a hard-hitting show and at 20-21 I like to think we're not afraid to showcase some controversial pieces of work.

"There is a good mix of national and local artists and I'm pleased to see young people from North Lincolnshire will also be taking part.

"I'm delighted that we've secured Jeremy Deller's installation from the Arts Council England collection.

"I hope to see many more works from the unique collection displayed 20-21 in the near future."

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