Newcastle-based art, craft and design gallery, The Biscuit Factory, is celebrating it’s 20th Birthday in November 2022! If you haven’t visited before, or haven’t been for a while, then this autumn might be the perfect opportunity to make time for your next visit. Here are five reasons why:
1. Their varied collections of stunning original art
The Biscuit Factory works with hundreds of independent artists, showcasing thousands of pieces of art, each created by hand using a vast array of techniques. Visitors can view everything from original paintings to handcrafted jewellery, sculpture, textiles and furniture.
This autumn, expect to find a new exhibition by Graham Rider whose work focuses on the hinterland between land and sea. Graham’s studies of the sand dunes and marshes often found in coastal locations aim to capture the feeling of standing within the scene itself. Always popular among those who recognise the sandy beaches of the Northumberland coast and hold memories of summer holidays spent there.
2. Affordable gift ideas from jewellery to homewares
If you’re looking for an original gift, The Biscuit Factory should definitely be on your radar. Their craft gallery stocks hundreds of smaller pieces, ideal for Birthday or Christmas gifts to family or friends. Pick up original, handmade pieces from under £25, including handcrafted candle holders, unique mugs and vases, or limited edition art prints.
Looking for something a little more personal? Their jewellery collection hosts over a dozen artists at any time, working in all sorts of materials, from recycled plastics to precious stones. All budgets are catered for too, from silver ear studs at £20 to gold diamond rings.
If you don’t want the responsibility of choosing, you can opt for a gift voucher instead from £10, and pop it in one of the quirky greeting cards that they source from independent printers, designers and artists.
3. A roof-top terrace to enjoy the autumn sunshine
Located on the first floor of The Biscuit Factory, The Factory Kitchen’s rooftop garden terrace is a perfect oasis between the City and the Ouseburn Valley.
Even as the weather cools, their partially covered terrace is a popular spot when the sun is shining! Visitors can enjoy their delicious menu of brunch dishes, fresh salads and bakery. Finish up with homemade cakes or ice-cream (or both!) from their deli counter and wash it all down with tea, coffee, cocktails or wine. You’ll even find local beers in their fridges from nearby Tyne Bank Brewery!Kids aren’t forgotten either, with their own mini-menu and colouring activities.
4. Creative workshops to awaken your inner-artist
Get in touch with your inner-artist, learn a new skill, or just enjoy a different type of day out with friends. The Biscuit Factory’s range of workshops are a wonderful way to unwind and get your creativity flowing.
Led by professional artists or crafts practitioners, workshops include: embroidery, rug tufting, ceramic mug-making, printing, painting and drawing, and wire sculpture to name a few! All workshops are suitable for beginners, and you’ll always leave with your very own personal creation.
Keep a look out for their children’s Little Biscuits workshops too in the school half term holidays where kids can also learn how to create with clay, basic printing techniques, make masks, and more! Parents, carers or guardians also enjoy 10% discount in the cafe so they can relax while the kids get creative!
5. The Book Hus from Forum Books
North East Indie Bookstore legends Forum Books have had their own pop up in The Biscuit Factory for nearly 5 years! Situated on the ground floor of the gallery, you’ll find The Book Hus, where you can discover a rotating range of unusual, exciting, and interesting titles alongside well-known publications. It’s an ideal place to pick up your next read or choose a title to gift to a loved one instead. When you buy a book in The Book Hus, you’ll also get a stamp on your Factory Kitchen loyalty card, so you can enjoy your purchase over a cuppa! What’s more, you’ll also find regular book events hosted at the gallery from Forum’s roster of literary talent.
With free entry seven days a week, and so much to see and do, The Biscuit Factory is an ideal day out for the culture-seeker.
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN. Tel: 0191 261 1103