The Holy Biscuit is a contemporary art gallery and arts centre in a former Methodist Church. A partnership between The Biscuit Factory and the Methodist Church, The Holy Biscuit’s main aim is to encourage the production and exhibition of contemporary art and to contribute to the wider community and cultural renewal of Newcastle, particularly in the East End.
Working alongside charities, the universities, faith groups, schools, artist collectives and other professional partners, The Holy Biscuit presents a wide variety of exhibitions cultural events and educational opportunities in the growing Newcastle arts quarter as well as contributing to the wider discourse of religion in contemporary art.
A former Methodist place of worship, The Holy Biscuit is a community hub, fostering local regeneration through the arts and acting as a catalyst for social cohesion, which is key to the mission of the Methodist Church.
They have just received funding from the Methodist Church for a further 5 years of developing the arts and faith agenda in Newcastle.
Holy Biscuit’s main aim is to encourage the production and exhibition of art, 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.
Although the building is no longer a working church, The Holy Biscuit also aims to encourage vibrant Christian community of artists and creative’s helping to resource and support those interested and involved 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.
Since her opening in May 2010 there have been several exhibitions, workshops, discussions and conferences that have explored the relation between art and faith.
In addition to our desire for THB to be a hub for discussion, inspiration and support for Christian creatives, we are also keen for the space to be used as a place where ordinary members of the community can come and be creative. Working alongside the Council, local schools, charites and church leaders in the area we are working to develop The Holy Biscuit as a place for genuine grassroots creativity and as a catalyst for social regeneration and social cohesion, which is key part of the misson of the Methodist Church.