Any Newcastle veteran will have made their way down to The Biscuit Factory, a gorgeous gallery in Ouseburn where every piece is for sale.
Here’s a quick visual guide to what’s on and what’s available right now.
Inside the impressive building lies a huge foyer/shop, full of textile cushions, custom jewellery and arty knick-knacks.
Blue cushions by Craft Scotland/ Heather Shields.
Accompanied by adorable wrapping paper and celebration cards.
Now, to the art.
By Susan Lincoln.
This massive 3D installation takes a whole wall.
Officially the cutest teapot of all time! By Julia Roxburgh.
A personal favourite of mine; surreal block reproductions of the Quayside and Byker Bridge. Quintessentially toon by Judith Appleby.
Everywhere you look, another piece catches your eye and draws you in.
Like this abstract seascape (not online, you have to ring or go in to get hold of this one).
Sculpture was also well-represented, with glass waveforms appearing to stand by themselves (by Graham Muir).
Hard bronze conkers by Mark Hall.
Before you head upstairs, take a moment to appreciate the breathtaking jewellery.
Rings by various, including Sarah Brown.
And then you head upstairs to some striking visuals from Geoff Chappell…
…And even more sculpted birds.
This tiny square is merely pretty from far away, but the texture of the brushstrokes up close makes it feel personal and individualised.
And off for a spot of lunch at The Factory Kitchen.
Zingy flavours of pickled heritage beetroot and green beans are cut through crumbly goats cheese and blackened, crispy sweet potato. We had ours with warm asparagus quiche and a cafetiere of their ethically sourced specialty coffee.
Join them for their supper club event on 3 June to celebrate their upcoming exhibition. Tickets are a steal at only £20 for three courses and a bottle of wine.
Genuinely one of the freshest, most delicious lunches available in Newcastle; a definite recommendation for anyone tired after pacing around the lofty gallery.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed The Factory! Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Peace and paintings,
The NCLinsider xx