Help bring Bedwyr Williams to Scunthorpe

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For the fourth year running, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre has been shortlisted in the national Connect! competition to win a visit from a leading contemporary artist.

The winner of the Connect! competition will receive £3,000 to host a Museums and Night event with internationally renowned artist, Bedwyr Williams. 20-21 hopes to bring Bedwyr to Scunthorpe to host a University Challenge-style quiz featuring local groups and enthusiasts, with Scunthorpe-themed questions!

Voting starts at 11am on Friday 29 April and will run until 9pm on 14 May 2016, with the winner announced at 10pm on the same day.

You can vote for 20-21 Visual Arts Centre online at
You will need to enter your email address to vote, but don’t worry, it won’t be used for any other purpose other than casting your vote, unless you specifically request to join the Connect mailing list.

Cllr John Briggs, cabinet member for Assets, Culture and Housing at North Lincolnshire Council, said:

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is the only venue nationally to ever reach the voting stage four times, and only one of two venues to have won the Connect! competition twice. Now we are going for the hat-trick and we need your help!

20-21 is up against some stiff competition with London’s Somerset House and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery both vying for a visit from Bedwyr too. Please tell your family and friends to support us yet again, we will then ensure this brilliant artist comes to North Lincolnshire.

It is not only the gallery with the most votes that will win a prize; venues that are placed second to fifth will also win a cash prize of between £300 and £100 to put towards an alternative event.

If 20-21 is successful in the competition, the event would take place on the weekend of 28 October 2016.

The event is likely to involve a number of elements, with the exact format to be decided between the winning venue and the artist following a site visit.

20-21’s proposal could see Bedwyr host a University Challenge style quiz with questions on Scunthorpe and the surrounding area, provided by visitors on the run up to the event. The quiz would take place in front of a live audience and be broadcast online.

Teams for the quiz could be made up of local groups from Scunthorpe’s past and present, including steelworkers, crisp-makers, Haxey Hood players, druids, Vikings and Romans. Each team would have their own outfits, mascots and themed cocktails available from the bar.

The Connect! competition is run by Culture24 and funded by Arts Council England as part of the national Museums at Night Festival.

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