Newcastle-based commercial art gallery The Biscuit Factory has partnered with Craft Scotland to bring the work of eight Scottish designer-makers to Newcastle for the next three months.
Throughout the duration of its winter exhibition the Biscuit Factory has a dedicated Craft Scotland space within its SHOP, giving eight hand-picked designer-makers the chance to showcase their work to a new audience in the North East.
These includes jewellery makers Beth Spowart, Grainne Morton, Ruth Hollywood and Beth Lamont, textile designers Fiona McIntosh and Heath Shields, ceramicist Myer Halliday and Scandinavian inspired The Store Hus.
Craft Scotland is the national agency for craft and it works to unite, inspire and champion craft through creating opportunities for designer-makers in Scotland.
Jo Scott from Craft Scotland explains: “When we were looking for another like-minded organisation to work with on a project earlier in the year, The Biscuit Factory seemed like the perfect fit. As we began talking, it became apparent that there was much more that we could do together to promote contemporary craft from Scotland and the gallery’s winter show seemed like a great place to start. We very much hope that this will be the start of a long-term collaboration.”
Rachel Brown, general manager of The Biscuit Factory, adds: “As a gallery we’ve long followed the projects, exhibitions and initiatives pioneered by Craft Scotland with great admiration. So when we were approached earlier this year to get involved in one such project, we began a larger conversation about how we could work together to champion craft. This show hopefully will mark the beginning of a long relationship between the gallery and Craft Scotland.”
In the coming months, visitors to The Biscuit Factory will have the opportunity to find out more about Craft Scotland and will also receive access to opportunities and events hosted by the national agency.
The exhibition is running from now until 3 March 2016.