16 Stoddart Street

Newcastle upon Tyne


Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm

Sat, 10am-6pm

Sun, 10am-5pm

What's On

The Biscuit Factory hosts four seasonal exhibitions a year, each featuring the work of over 200 artists, as well as showcasing collaborations with national agencies, creative inititatives and arts organisations.

The Autumn Exhibition

7 September - 28 October
The Biscuit Factory
Free admission
Open daily
Our Autumn Exhibition features a headline collection of original paintings and prints from Catherine Rayner, plus new artwork from over 250 artists, designers and makers.
Highlights this autumn include 2017 Open Contemporary Young Artist Award winner Megan Rea unveils a collection of architectural inspired paintings and models; we launch STRUCTURE, a jewellery show exploring shape & form; and we present new gifts and homewares in our contemporary craft space.

Creative Workshops

August 2018 - February 2019
The Biscuit Factory
Various dates
Tickets available now
Get creative this Autumn and Winter with our exciting new programme of hands on workshops, all delivered by talented local makers and artists. Whether you are interested in upcycling furniture, learning how to do modern calligraphy or want to get creative in the festive season, our programme has something for everyone.
This autumn, we're taking part in The Big Draw Festival 2018, with a range of creative workshops dedicated to the art of drawing.

Dan Cimmermann - George Stephenson Mural

The Biscuit Room, Boyd Street, NE2 1AP
Accessible at all times
Summer headline artist Dan Cimmermann has painted a large scale mural of the northern inventor George Stephenson, part of his solo show of work throughout the summer 2018 at The Biscuit Factory and The Great Exhibition of the North.
The mural will be on permanent public display on Boyd Street, Ouseburn (behind The Biscuit Factory, outside The Biscuit Room events suite and opposite Ernest cafe/bar).
This commission is part of the Inspired By: The Great Exhibition of the North programme. Find out more here.

Hold your event with us...

Did you know that our historic building is available to be privately hired?
Choose our unique venue, located in the cultural quarter of the city for an unforgettable event experience.  
With a choice of design led spaces, award winning catering and a dedicated Events Co-ordinator on hand, we'll help you create an event that's bespokely you.

Storytelling & Drawing Half Term Workshop

Tuesday 30 October
The Biscuit Factory
Free admission
1 - 3pm Drop-in
Join Swagbag Stories, for an afternoon of creative story-telling at the Biscuit Factory. Hear stories written by our headline artist, illustrator and author Catherine Rayner, as well as the groups own original stories, all told with imagination and creative flair.
Illustrators will also be offering some hands on drawing activities, inspired by the Catherine’s stories. Whether you are young in age or young at heart, come along and enjoy a story!

The Great North Doodle

Friday 2 November
The Biscuit Factory
Free admission
10am - 12pm Free drop-in
Join us at The Biscuit Factory for The Great North Doodle! Contribute to our huge group doodle inspired by the creatures and critters in our headline exhibition by children's author and illustrator Catherine Rayner.
As part of the international drawing festival The Big Draw 2018, this free drop-in activity is the perfect way to get creative with the kids this half term. Let's get doodling!

Winter launch

Friday 9 November 6pm-9pm
The Biscuit Factory
Join us for the launch of our Winter Exhibition, where you’ll be welcomed with a complimentary drink on arrival and be amongst the first to see our new collections from over 200 artists.
The building comes alive for this informal event with seasonal flourishes and music as you view our wide range of handmade and one-off pieces, meet many of the makers, visit our creative pop ups and enjoy delicious food and drink.
This season we draw inspiration from local painter Malcolm Teasdale’s solo show, A Northern Winter with a programme of collections, collaborations and creative workshops that celebrate Northern design. We also introduce 'Everyday Luxury' - a joint exhibition with National Glass Centre, featuring contemporary tableware & lighting for your home.


Northern Quarters Interiors Festival

Saturday 17 November 10am - 4pm
The Biscuit Factory
Free & ticketed events
This year we're delighted to work in partnership with Northern Quarters Interiors Festival with the launch of a contemporary furniture showcase. We also have free interiors inspired talks and demo's throughout the day from established north east creatives and ticketed design-led workshops.

We're offering the first 50 people who RSVP here an exclusive complimentary arrival drink and goody bag.  (Note: Drinks will only be served between 10 & 10.30am).

FREE talks and demonstrations// times and details coming soon...

Workshops// full details and to book tickets click below

Christmas Shopping Weekend

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November
The Biscuit Factory
Free admission
No more bad gifts is our mantra this season. Buy handmade and original whether you're looking for stocking fillers, dressing your Christmas table or searching for that special piece.
Taking inspiration from our headline show, A Northern Winter, the gallery will be decked with local and seasonal flourishes, twinkling lights and live music from jazz duo Hand to Mouth, whilst you shop for unique gifts, meet the makers, paint your own Christmas bauble and enjoy a sing-a-long brunch in The Factory Kitchen.