Appreciate Art at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle

Do you consider yourself a bit of an art connoisseur? Or perhaps you’re just casually interested? Well head on down to The Biscuit Factory Art Gallery and find out what they’re all about today! As the UK’s largest independent commercial art, craft & design gallery, they have over a decade of experience. The ethos of the gallery has always been to provide a platform for local and national artists, to support emergent makers, to showcase established artists and to add to the cultural landscape of the region. The huge scale of the gallery means that they are able to display the work of over 250 artists at any time, with a team of Curators hand selecting work across a vast range of mediums. The Biscuit Factory was originally a real biscuit factory all the way back in 1870. The building has had a long history and, since then, has been a boxed game warehouse and a retail outlet for carpets and kitchen furniture. However, today it is a must see collection of stunning art.

Is there a café on site at The Biscuit Factory?

If all this talk of biscuits has made you hungry, then you’re in luck! Enjoy brunch with a view at the gallery's in-house café; The Factory Kitchen. This is a large, all-day, independent café. They serve a seasonal brunch menu curated by chef Michael Waugh with inspiration from overseas and made with local produce. With a rooftop terrace, sheltered greenhouse area and fantastic views of the Ouseburn Valley, it’s the perfect place to catch a relaxing spot of brunch all year round.

Listed in The Times’ Top 10 Galleries to Visit, The Biscuit Factory is the UK’s largest independent contemporary art, craft & design gallery set in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter. Their beautiful gallery spaces are set over two floors, displaying a range of contemporary fine art, sculpture, original prints and jewellery, quality craftsmanship and design led homewares from over 200 artists every season. The 2D collection of work is vast and varied. They represent the work of emerging and mid-career artists and feature collaborative exhibitions with national agencies, arts organisations and initiatives. From limited edition prints to large scale original paintings the collection holds a wide range of styles and mediums. Perhaps you want to spark your creative flair with their programme of creative workshops! Learn a new skill or practise an old technique under the guidance of professional artists. The Biscuit Factory hosts four seasonal exhibitions a year, as well as exciting collaborative showcases, cultural events and much more. Visit the website to find out what’s on at any given time.

  • Open 7 days a week
  • Opening – 10:00
  • Closing – 5:00
  • Free admission

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11 - 24 August, 2022
Moving, intimate, and sometimes humorous, they consider the continued impact of war and oppression on people living in the Middle East and the importance of oral history as a record of lived experience. The artist’s solo exhibition at BALTIC will include a selection of new and recent work. Al Solh lives between Lebanon and the Netherlands. She has had solo exhibitions at Musée national Pablo Picasso, Vallauris, France (2020); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2020); Art Institute Chicago (2018); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014). Recent group exhibitions include: Risquons–Tout, WIELS, Brussels (2020); Our world is burning, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2020); Positions #5, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (2019); Gohyang: Home, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2019); Close: Drawn Portraits, The Drawing Room, London, UK (2018); Strange Days: Memories of the Future, The Store X, London (2018). Al Solh participated in Documenta 14, Athens & Kassel (2017) and All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale (2015).

Game Changers – FREE Summer Anniversary Festival

11 - 24 August, 2022
A free summer festival celebrating the North East’s mining and engineering past, present and future innovations, marking 170 years of the Mining Institute and 150 years of The Common Room building (the home of the Institute). Including family-friendly events, live music, an exhibition, public lectures and tours.

Outdoor Escape Games

11 - 24 August, 2022
Three unique outdoor escape games played across this beautiful city. City Labyrinth - a puzzling tour through Newcastle and its stories. Jewel Heist - a chase across the city as a crack detective team. Stag & Hen - a pub crawl challenge designed to bring people together. The games are great for unlimited numbers of players from 8-80 years. Played on up to six mobile phones and interacting with the real world around the players.

The Vasseur Baltic Artists' Award 2022

11 - 24 August, 2022
Vasseur's career spanned more than thirty years, encompassing photography and experimental film, important curatorial initiatives at festivals in Glasgow, Gateshead and Edinburgh, and through her London agency, Art Office, she commissioned public art projects throughout the UK. Vasseur served on the Board of Trustees for BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (2004-08) and lectured on the influential Curating Contemporary Art MA at the Royal College of Art (1993–2003). Fernando García-Dory Fernando García-Dory´s work engages with the relationship between culture and nature, as manifested in multiple contexts, from landscape and the rural, to desires and expectations in relation to identity, crisis, utopia and the potential for social change. Interested in the harmonic complexity of biological forms and processes, his work addresses connections and cooperation, microorganisms, social systems, traditional art languages and collaborative agro-ecological projects and actions. Since 2009, García-Dory has developed INLAND, a collaborative platform and para-institution dedicated to agricultural, social and cultural production. García-Dory studied Fine Arts and Rural Sociology, and is now preparing his PhD in Agro-ecology. His work has been shown at Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Reina Sofia, Madrid; SFMOMA, San Francisco; amongst others. He has participated in biennials in Athens, Lisbon, Gwangju, Jeju, and in Documenta 13. He is a fellow of Council of Forms in Paris and a board member of the World Alliance of Nomadic Pastoralists. He was awarded the Creative Time’s Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. Laleh Khorramian Laleh Khorramian’s work spans animation, drawing, monotypes, collage, paintings, sculpture and clothing. Her practice combines the cosmological thinking of ancient cultures, their complex mythologies and spiritual vocabularies within her own imagined worlds, synthesising them into histories that are both futuristic and ancient. By removing cultural or historical specificity from her narratives, she uses the ordinary to portray the epic, the universal and the transient, in a search for worlds beyond our own. Born in Tehran, Iran, Khorramian lives in Upstate New York. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and received her undergraduate degree from The Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA from Columbia University, New York. She has exhibited in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, US; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Art Basel, Switzerland; Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Istanbul Museum of Art, Istanbul; the Sundance Film festival; Midnight Moment, Times Square, New York and Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia. Ima-Abasi Okon Ima-Abasi Okon works with sculpture, sound and video to produce installations that explore the historical and political charge of materials. She employs exhibition-making as an exercise in syntax, adopting linguistic and grammatical structures as a way of complicating the construction of knowledge. In her recent works, Okon has repurposed industrial and handmade objects, removing their use-value or function in order to explore the formation of taste, subjectivity, productivity and excess. Okon lives between London and Amsterdam. She has exhibited at Turf Projects, London and Void, Derry-Londonderry; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Kingsgate Project Space, London; 13th Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal and The Showroom, London. In 2018, she was awarded the Nigel Greenwood Research Prize and the Summer Residency at Hospitalfield, Scotland. She participated in the residency programme at Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunsten (Academy for Fine Arts), Amsterdam. Supported by a bequest from Isabel Vasseur

Minions: The Rise of Gru

10 - 18 August, 2022
Sequel to the Despicable Me spin-off.

Space Adventures with Lightyear at Life Science Centre

10 - 23 August, 2022
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Summer Holiday Pottery Painting

10 - 23 August, 2022
Join us for pottery painting fun this summer! Suitable for the whole family, enjoy a relaxing pottery painting experience while creating ceramic keepsakes. There’s lots to choose from including mugs, plates, bowls, figurines and teapots. Your reactions are glazed and fired on-site in our studio then ready to collect 7-10 days later (alternatively items can be posted for an additional charge).

Liquid Light: Painting in Watercolours

10 - 13 August, 2022
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