The Biscuit Factory contemporary art gallery, situated in Newcastle’s cultural Ouseburn area, has announced its reopening on 14 April following the government's roadmap to emerging from lockdown.
The gallery and event venue, which employs around 50 local workers and has been subject to closures since March 2020 - including it's popular Factory Kitchen cafe, is now looking forward to a positive year with a programme of exhibitions already revealed.
Gallery Manager, Rachel Brown says "It has been a challenging year for our small business, however throughout we've remained positive that there would be light at the end of the tunnel and we're cautiously optimistic about the plans laid out to get us out of lockdown. Our whole team is eager to welcome people back into the gallery again".
Opening with an exhibition by Fletcher Prentice whose work celebrates the beauty of the natural world, depicting wildflower meadows and native birds; the gallery will later welcome the New Light Prize exhibition in June, which supports established and emerging Northern artists. Throughout the year a partnership with the Contemporary Glass Society sees a seasonal cohort of the country's talented glass artists bring their work to the gallery and Yorkshire-based artist Janine Burrows is already lined up for an Autumn show.
Alongside the gallery, The Factory Kitchen will be opening it's roof terrace for customers to drink and dine 'in house' for the first time in 6 months.
Owner, Ramy Zack says "We very much expect to see visitors old and new back through the doors soon, and we're already overwhelmed by the response from our customers who can't wait to come back. We're very fortunate to enjoy their support, and to benefit from a spacious gallery and roof terrace that people feel comfortable visitng."
The Biscuit Factory will reopen 5 days a week Wednesday - Sunday from 14 April