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


2018 Open Contemporary Young Artist Award

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award 2018 profiles young up and coming talent from across the UK. Featuring mixed media work from over 20 artists, there are two prizes available. Visitors to the exhibition can cast their vote for the People’s Choice winner who will go on to receive £250 and a panel of experts will judge an overall winner who will go on to receive £1,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition of their work.

Video Commission | Cultural Quarter of Ouseburn

Proud to part sponsor the commissioning and production of a creative video promoting Ouseburn as the cultural quarter of the city. Profiling the creative sector, the video aims to develop awareness of the area, attract visitors into the Valley and helping to support and develop the artists, creative businesses and cultural venues involved.  The film is being made by local production company 3 Motion and will be live June 2018.

INSPIRED BY Great Exhibition of the North | Ouseburn Open Studios

Head to Ouseburn for a weekend of behind the scenes access to over 100 artist studios. Buy from artists and galleries, watch demonstrations, join in yourself and relax with food and drink as the cultural quarter of the city bustles with activity. This special Summer event is the first of its kind for Ouseburn, so expect some extra special programming. For more information

INSPIRED BY Great Exhibition of the North | art mural

Watch emerging northern artist Dan Cimmermann as he paints 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 part of the Inspired by programme of The Great Exhibition of the North.

The mural will be on permanent public display on Boyd Street, Ouseburn.


The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair | Innovation Prize

The award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair comes to Newcastle, as part of the opening weekend of The Great Exhibition of the North, at the Biscuit Gallery 23-24 June 2018. This celebration of the best in contemporary craft and design is a unique opportunity to buy and commission covetable work by over 50 specially selected artists and designer makers working in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, furniture, lighting, print and more.

The Biscuit Factory Foundation are proud to sponsor the Innovation Prize, which will be awarded to a maker who demonstrates innovation within their practice and/or presentation of their work.

Prize includes, Solo Exhibition, £250 cash prize and promotional package.

Children’s art classes | Byker Community Centre

We provided funds for artists to deliver weekly children’s art classes in Byker as part of local art youth club.

Funding has allowed the project to run for over a year, establishing the foundations for dedicated, quality time for parents and children to undertake creative endeavours together, which means that the longevity of these classes is ensured, by making the parents able to sustain these sessions themselves.



Artist Commission – Ouseburn Valley map

Working with cultural partners in the Ouseburn Valley we facilitated an illustration project with the brief to commission an illustrator to create a map of the creative hotspots in this urban village. Illustrator Tom Woolley was chosen to carry out this work, and the partners were thrilled with the results. With this map, the cultural quarter is easy to navigate, helping to connect audiences to many independent organisations and to raise the profile of the creative sector in the city.

Peoples Theatre emerging artists programme

Forging a new partnership with The People’s Theatre, we begin a sponsorship arrangement to support their arts programme which provides  a platform for amateur and emergent local artists to exhibit their work and access new audiences.

Anne Cater, Gallery Manager at The People’s Theatre: “We have been showcasing emerging artists work at the theatre for many years. Our new foyer and gallery space now provides a spectacular backdrop for exhibitions and, with the Biscuit Factory Foundations support, our exhibiting artists have access to a wider audience and commercial expertise”

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Open Contemporary Young Artist Award

Heading into its third year, the Open Contemporary Young Artist Award launches again for 2018  with an open call to artists aged 35 and under.

2017 saw over 600 entrants submit their work for consideration, which resulted in an exhibition of work by 27 artists. This year we hope to see even more entries as prospective applicants may be keen to be involved with The Biscuit Factory’s summer programme as a part of The Great Exhibition of the North.

The overall winner, judged by a team of Curators will receive a cash prize of £1000 plus the opportunity for a solo show at The Biscuit Factory. The public can also vote for their People’s Choice Winner, who will be awarded £250.

The shortlisted exhibition launches at The Biscuit Factory on Friday 18 May and forms part of the gallery’s line-up for The Late Shows – the city’s free annual culture crawl around Newcastle and Gateshead.



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.” 



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