Holy Biscuit’s main aim is to encourage the production and exhibition of contemporary art, with a focus on working with emerging artists and graduates on a wide variety of creative projects, while contributing to the discourse surrounding the place of religion and faith in contemporary art. The project is a partnership between the Methodist Church and Biscuit Factory gallery, borne out of a shared vision for furthering cultural engagement and collaboration in the North East of England.
Passionate about collaboration and partnership The Holy Biscuit works alongside local charities, universities, schools, artist collectives, faith groups and other professional partners to present a variety of exhibitions and cultural events in the growing Newcastle arts quarter. A former Methodist place of worship, The Holy Biscuit is firmly rooted in the local community, fostering local regeneration through the arts and acting as a catalyst for social cohesion, which is key to the mission of the Methodist Church.
Our current partners and associates include Crossings, Northumbria University, St Dominic’s Priory, Playback Theatre, DesignEvent, Morphe Arts. Past partners and associates have included Percy Headley, Lindisfarne Gospels Durham, Empty Shop, Designer Marketplace, NECLL and Newcastle City Council.
Although the building is no longer a working church, The Holy Biscuit also aims to encourage vibrant Christian community of artists helping to spiritually support those interested in the arts in Newcastle, the North East and beyond. This is specifically in response to the desire by the Methodist Church in Newcastle to facilitate a creative Christian presence in the art scene in Newcastle and the North East. We do this through public lectures, conferences and regular worship events.