‘Tis the season for no more bad gifts at local gallery

A Newcastle art, craft and design gallery is championing handmade, original gifts this festive season.

The Biscuit Factory, located in Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley, is housed within a former Victorian warehouse and offers shoppers an alternative shopping experience to the high street and a chance to celebrate ‘no more bad gifts’ this Christmas.

Filled with paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, design-led homewares and one of the largest collections of handmade jewellery in the city – the gallery’s new winter show features work from more than 250 artists and designer-makers from across the UK.

From affordable stocking fillers and luxury gifts to creative workshop experiences and gift vouchers – and with an interest-free purchase scheme available – the gallery is making it simple and stress-free for visitors to tick off their shopping lists this Christmas.

Rachel Brown, general manager of The Biscuit Factory says: “We’re offering an alternative to mass-produced, low quality, throwaway gifts this Christmas. In buying original and handmade not only are you able to gift or own a truly unique piece, but you’re supporting independent businesses and helping to keep the cultural sector thriving. It’s all about buying with an appreciation of provenance and craftsmanship.”

Customers can also visit the gallery’s website to curate their very own wish list from a range of pieces featured online. By clicking on the yellow heart symbol against pieces they love, they can then share the list (and a hint) with friends and loved ones.

The Biscuit Factory is open seven days a week and admission is free.

Gift vouchers, workshops and a selection of artwork are also available to browse and buy online from www.thebiscuitfactory.com.