22 May 2017
Newcastle art gallery welcomes tapestry prize finalists
An independent North East art gallery has woven together its new summer line-up, which includes finalists from the prestigious Cordis Prize for Tapestry.
The Biscuit Factory, located in Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley, welcomes the shortlisted finalists from the 2016 Cordis Prize for Tapestry - the biggest international prize for the textile art form - fresh from their exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy.
Launched by Cordis Trust to celebrate the city of Edinburgh as a centre of excellence for tapestry weaving, the prize is now in its third year, and attracts entries from all over the globe including Japan, Australia, Denmark and France.
The Biscuit Factory will exhibit work from the nine finalists, including Demetra Browning, Linda Green, Rachel Johnston, Louise Martin, Anna Ray, Philip Sanderson, Katharine Swailes, Patricia Thompson and the winning artist Jo Barker; showcasing the amazing innovation and diversity that can be found in this historical medium.
Alongside this, the gallery’s seasonal exhibition will incorporate artwork from more than 200 artists, including Yorkshire-based painter Stephen Heward, who headlines the summer show. Stephen’s new collection of paintings conveys the inextricable connection between the land, sky and sea.
Other highlights this summer include figurative portrait painter Josh Bowe; landscape painter Rob Van Hoek who names his artworks after musical lyrics; and an irreverent new jewellery collection from maker Rebecca Wilson, inspired by confectionery.
The summer exhibition opens with a free launch event out of hours on Friday 2 June 6-9pm, open to the public. The show runs until the end of August 2017.
For more information, visit The Biscuit Factory website at www.thebiscuitfactory.com.
Lauren Wilson, Digital Manager, email email@example.com or tel 0191 261 1103
Housed in a former Victorian warehouse, The Biscuit Factory is set over two floors with exposed beams and brickwork providing the backdrop to exciting displays of contemporary fine art. Established in 2002, the commercial gallery exhibits a broad selection of original artwork by artists from across the UK, ranging from small craft to fine art. It also boasts a diverse collection of contemporary jewellery, design-led homewares, stationery and gifts.
The Biscuit Factory also has an in-house café, The Factory Kitchen, and an adjoining à la carte restaurant, artisan, headed up by North East Chef of the Year winner Andrew Wilkinson. In addition, The Biscuit Factory boasts a purpose-built function space, The Biscuit Room.
The Biscuit Factory is open seven days a week and admission is free.
Web: www.thebiscuitfactory.com | Tel: 0191 261 1103 | Twitter @Biscuit_Factory