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


The Heaton Arts Festival

We were proud to sponsor the Heaton Arts Festival managed through the Byker Community Association – a community led festival that celebrates the diverse and artistic 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.

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!

Sunday 7 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.



New Lights Art Competition

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.

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Ouseburn Open Studios

TBFF project manages the twice annual Ouseburn Open Studios event on behalf of eight local cultural venues.  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 include: The Biscuit Factory//The Biscuit Tin//The Mushroom Works//Cobalt//36 Lime Street// Northern Print// The Toffee Factory// Jim Edwards Studio gallery// Chilli Studios// Kiln


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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Artist Studios

The Biscuit Factory Foundation facilitates the provision of artist studios. From these studio spaces artists are welcomed into a community of creative practitioners who supported by The Biscuit Factory Foundation have the opportunity to exhibit their work and engage directly with members of the public through open studio and market events.


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Public Art Commissions

The Biscuit Factory Foundation is working with The Theatre Royal as part of their 175th anniversary celebrations to commission a piece of public art by a local artist, to be on permanent display in the Theatre Royal’s foyer. The Shakespearean character of Mercutio was voted for by members of the public to be immortalized into bronze.

This prestigious opportunity was awarded to local sculptor Lisa Delarny and was unveiled  in April 2012.


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