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10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Biscuit Factory

The Biscuit Factory Ouseburn Newcastle

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Biscuit Factory

When you hear “The Biscuit Factory,” you may not automatically think “art gallery.” Set on the outskirts of Ouseburn, The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle is a great place to visit for lovers of art, craft and design, any day of the week. Ouseburn has gained a well-earned reputation as Newcastle’s cultural hub boasting a lively and active community of artists, printmakers and creatives so The Biscuit Factory is well-placed amongst its neighbours.

We asked the team at The Biscuit Factory to tell us 10 things you may not have known about them.

The Biscuit Factory Newcastle Ouseburn

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The building was in fact a biscuit manufacturing warehouse in the Victorian era, known as The Tyne Biscuit Factory in 1870. It was sympathetically restored in the early 2000s and still retains many of its original features – including exposed brickwork and high vaulted wooden ceiling beams.

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The building, now home to The Biscuit Factory, has had numerous guises over the years and was also used as a billet for men attached temporarily to First Northern General Hospital, Newcastle during WWI.

The Factory Kitchen at The Biscuit Factory Ouseburn Newcastle

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The Biscuit Factory is a family run, independent business, first opening to the public in 2002. Established originally as a commercial art gallery, the business has expanded over the years to include The Factory Kitchen café, Artisan restaurant and events service. Did you know you can get a canny brunch before you browse some art?

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The art gallery is located in the Ouseburn, dubbed Newcastle’s cool, cultural quarter and even touted by The Guardian as Newcastle's very own Shoreditch. Situated a short 10-minute walk from Newcastle city centre and with Manors Metro close by, this area is steeped in local history and home to hundreds of artists, musicians and creatives. Ouseburn has everything from galleries, a bike yard and a farm, to independent eateries and craft pubs.

The Biscuit Factory

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The Biscuit Factory have artist studios on-site which open their doors to the public during Ouseburn Open Studios, a weekend-long arts and culture event held twice a year in March and November.

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The Biscuit Factory is THE largest, independent commercial art, craft and design gallery in the UK.  It's not just local artists that are showcased here in The Biscuit Factory’s gallery - they exhibit and sell work from more than 250 regional, national and international artists every season – featuring everything from paintings and prints to glass, ceramics and textiles.

The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle

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The Biscuit Factory house one of the largest collections of handmade jewellery in Newcastle, with hundreds of unique, one-off pieces made from innovative techniques and a variety of materials. Commissions are also available for special celebrations such as birthdays and weddings.

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Have you ever noticed the striking permanent mural on display on Boyd Street opposite Ernest? The large-scale mural of George Stephenson is by Dan Cimmermann and was commissioned by The Biscuit Factory for the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018.

Dan Cimmermann The Biscuit Factory mural

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You can get married in the gallery at The Biscuit Factory. Couples can say ‘I do’ in the upstairs gallery space and host their reception in the Biscuit Room or design-led Artisan space afterwards.

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The Biscuit Factory Foundation is their charitable arm which aims to nurture and develop the practice and appreciation of the visual arts in the North East of England through an engaging programme of creative opportunities. This includes their annual Open Contemporary Young Artist Award which spotlights up and coming talent from across the UK. 

This feature was written in collaboration with The Biscuit Factory.

Find out what's on at The Biscuit Factory including a rolling programme of exhibitions, events and workshops.

The Biscuit Factory Ouseburn

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