16 Stoddart Street

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE2 1AN

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.

Open Contemporary Young Artist Award 2018

18 May - 26 August 2018
The Biscuit Factory
Free admission
Open daily
 
Our Open Contemporary Young Artist Award 2018 profiles young up and coming talent from across the UK. Launching on Friday 18 May at our Late Shows event, the exhibition will then run until 26 August 2018.
 
Our shortlist features mixed media artwork from over 20 artists, all available to purchase. Visitors can cast their votes for our People's Choice winner in gallery or online.
 
To cast your vote online simply click here and like your favourite artwork.
 

The Summer Exhibition

June 1 - 2 September 2018
The Biscuit Factory
Free admission
Open daily
 
Our Summer Exhibition will feature a headline collection of original paintings from Dan Cimmermann, plus new artwork from over 250 artists, designers and makers.
 
Highlights include new collections from Anthony Marshall, Hester Berry and Simon M Smith. Visitors can also browse our Design | Innovate | Craft show, featuring new work from 20 designer-makers.
 
To accompany the exhibition and as part of our Inspired By The Great Exhibition of the North programme, Dan Cimmermann will also be painting a large scale wall mural on Boyd Street dedicated to North East engineer George Stephenson.
 

design | innovate | craft

1 June - 2 September 2018
The Biscuit Factory
Free admission
Open daily
 
For this year's Great Exhibition of the North we present a mixed media exhibition celebrating innovation within contemporary craft by designer-makers from the North of England. Selected for their innovative use of materials, application, method or presentation, this exhibition showcases work for sale, across a range of disciplines including; furniture, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture and printmaking.
 
design | innovate | craft champions new approaches within the world of craft, presenting accessible pieces to live with or wear. A public programme of workshops, talks and seminars will support this exhibition, providing opportunities to learn, develop and engage with contemporary craft and design.
 

Northern Soul - Dan Cimmermann

June 1 - 2 September 2018
The Biscuit Factory
Free admission
Open daily
 
Our Summer Exhibition will feature a headline collection of original paintings from Dan Cimmermann. Dan has exhibited widely throughout the UK since graduating with a degree in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2001, including twice within the prestigious BP Portrait Prize.
 
For this series of new paintings, made to coincide with The Great Exhibition of the North, Dan has been inspired by historical characters from the North. Each painting is not a direct representation of any individual; rather Dan hopes to use these characters to inform his work, letting the painting process take over and allowing them to mutate into entirely new beings.
 
Some of the many characters that may or may not be identifiable include Charles Grey, Robert Stephenson, Captain Cook, William Wilberforce, Amy Johnson, Michael Marks, Henry Bolckow and Cuthbert Collingwood.
 

Creative Workshops

August - December
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
Free
Accessible at all times
 
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 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.
 
 

The Autumn Launch

Friday 7 September
The Biscuit Factory
6-9pm
Free admission
 
Join us for a free evening of art, craft and culture as we celebrate the launch of our Autumn Exhibition.

Enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival and be the first to see our new collections, browse our creative pop-up's and shop independent, with original artwork from more than 250 artists, designers and makers.

Highlights this autumn include award-winning illustrator and author Catherine Rayner with her largest solo show to date; 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.
 
 

The Autumn Exhibition

From 7 September
The Biscuit Factory
Free admission
Open daily
 
Our Autumn Exhibition will feature a headline collection of original paintings and prints from Catherine Rayner, plus new artwork from over 250 artists, designers and makers.
 
More details coming soon, watch this space!
 

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!