Sarah Grady


The Biscuit Factory Foundation is committed to the development of projects which both provides artistic opportunities for local creative practitioners and presents a varied and engaging programme of events and exhibitions for the wider community.

Above Image Courtesy of Sarah Grady | Biscuit Tin Studio Artist


Open Contemporary Portrait Award

We launch the first Open Contemporary Award, presented by our charity with the inaugural theme of portraiture.

The aim of this award is to provide a platform for artists to showcase their work to a wide audience and to receive feedback from our team of Curators and judges. We received over 500 entries, which were judged and shortlisted to just 23 artists, which will feature in an exhibition at The Biscuit Factory launching April 2016.

A winner will be selected (as chosen by BP portrait prize runner up Richard Twose) who will receive £1000 and the opportunity for a solo show at the gallery later in the year. Visitors can also vote for their People’s Choice Winner, who will receive £250.

The winners will be revealed at the gallery’s Summer Launch event on 3 June 2016.


Make your mark competition

The Biscuit Factory Foundation are pleased to be supporting NCFE with their project Make Your Mark. NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. NCFE have launched this project to find a unique piece of art which captures in artistic form their core purpose - “we create opportunities for success to enrich society.” 

Our ethos to nurture and develop creative practice is clearly shared by the aims of this project which at its core, acknowledges the powerful place art has in enriching society.  The winning piece of art will be placed in the atrium of our Head Office for a period of one year and will also be exhibited in renowned contemporary art gallery, The Biscuit Factory, for one month!


The Heaton Arts Festival

The Heaton Arts Festival

In September 2014 the Biscuit Factory Foundation was proud to sponsor the Heaton Arts Festival managed through the Byker Community Association. It is a community led festival that celebrates the diverse, arty community of Heaton. The festival aims to encourage people of all ages to participate in a variety of activities including kids and adults workshops, fire dancing and life-drawing. The festival was founded in 2011 by local artists Hayley Hare, Mick Smith & Aly Smith and this year brings on board Cat Jarman from Drop Everything. The festival was started to give artists in all stages of their career and practice a chance to exhibit their work, perform and most importantly engage with their local community. It was also a chance for the local community to engage with art. We are delighted that the festival was a great success, with the funds donated going to children’s art workshops.

West Jesmond Metro School Project

In June 2014 The Biscuit Factory Foundation helped to set up this unique art project between artist Bernie Wisniewski, West Jesmond School and Nexus.



Therapeutic Art

The Biscuit Factory Foundation realised that art could provide opportunities for helping  people in the local Shieldfield area.  One such opportunity is using art therapeutically for  those who are or were suffering from emotional and stress related difficulties. This has been realised by the establishment of Painting for Fun ran voluntarily by Kim Todd, a retired G.P.

The classes have grown in appeal and popularity and  are now held mornings and afternoons at The Holy Biscuit.  Over the months Painting for Fun  has become an excellent Community Event.- creating a good and supportive relationship helping those attending. The skills required in painting have helped the participants improve in health and confidence. As well as helping build a sense of Community.  Some of the participants have gone on to get employment, some have moved on to do other art related projects and many continue to feel that the weekly session helps them to cope with the stresses and pressures of life.




Public Art – Derlon de Almeida in association with Vamos!

Have you spotted the Ouseburn’s biggest public artwork yet?

Sunday 7th July saw the official opening of the Brazilian artist Derlon de Almeida’s amazing artwork created on the front wall of what will be “The Biscuit Box studios”. This event took place as part of Newcastle/Gateshead Vamos festival, a celebration of Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures.

Derlon de Almeida is one of the most important names in Brazilian urban art, a self-taught artist whose artistic language includes a mix of street art, Brazilian popular culture, wood cuts (xylography) and pop art. A household name in Recife – aka Manguetown – Derlon made the city his canvas and his creations can be found on walls and buildings in Brazil and abroad with individual exhibitions and commissions in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon and Amsterdam. Derlon was recently featured in the BBC 1 series Brazil with Michael Palin. Derlon’s first UK solo show From Manguetown: The Urban Art of Derlon opens on 17 July at Shoreditch´s gallery, London.

“It is with real pleasure that we can reveal the location for the forthcoming commission by Brazilian artist Derlon! For the past 4 days this amazing artist has been working away on a (currently) derelict building in the Ouseburn – soon to be called ‘The Biscuit Box’ it is in fact only two buildings along from The Biscuit Factory. The Biscuit Factory Foundation support has made this commission possible. Alongside this we have also had the equally vital support of Arts Council England and the Pernambuco Government.”


New Lights Art Competition Jan 2014

We are proud to be supporting New Lights – an arts organisation who share our ethos for nurturing young artists.

New Lights is a charity formed in 2010 to promote and support emerging young artists in contemporary art in the North of England. New Lights offer many exciting opportunities to artists at a critical stage in their development, with their  main event being a biennial, high profile exhibition.

The exhibition follows a selection process judged by:

Norman Ackroyd – esteemed printmaker, Royal Academician, and CBE honouree.

Jane Sellars – Curator at The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

Chris Wadsworth – respected gallerist, writer, lecturer and speaker.

The Biscuit Factory will act as one of the host venue’s alongside The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate for a collection of shortlisted and winning works. The exhibition launches in January 2014 with a special event to be held Thursday 27 February 2014.

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Ouseburn Open Studios

Our latest project is the project management of the annual Ouseburn Open Studios acting on behalf of eight local cultural venues, to direct the event.  A widely anticipated event in the cultural calendar, Ouseburn Open Studios attracts around 5,000 visitors to the area throughout its weekend allowing visitors to meet artists, participate in workshops, view demonstrations and to buy directly from them.

Venues taking part in 2013: The Biscuit Factory//The Biscuit Tin//The Mushroom Works//Cobalt//36 Lime Street//Ouse Street Arts Club// Northern Print// The Toffee Factory

Event will be held on the last full weekend of November 23rd and 24th.


The Biscuit Factory Foundation is committed to providing exhibition opportunities for emerging and established artists in the North East. We believe that providing a platform for artistic expression  by nurturing creative practitioners to work unimpeded by commercial constraints, true artistry can be explored and developed.

Image Courtesy of Allison Lynn 

Street Art

The Biscuit Factory Foundation brings together local graffitti artists & young people in an urban art informal ‘mentor’ scheme . The result – the largest public display of  street art in the region located in Sandyford, Newcastle.

The Biscuit Factory now stocks merchandise featuring graffitti designs that can be purchased.


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