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Newcastle arts and culture event draws up spring programme

A weekend-long event that celebrates the work of local artists and makers in Newcastle’s cultural quarter will open its doors to the public this spring.

Ouseburn Open Studios returns on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March, 10am-5pm on both days, and will offer a unique insight into the working world of more than 100 local artists and designer-makers.

Running for more than 20 years, Ouseburn Open Studios takes place in March and November every year and is a chance for the public to meet local makers, buy or commission work directly from artists, and go behind the scenes.

Five venues from across the Ouseburn Valley – located a short 15-minute walk from Newcastle city centre – are taking part in this spring’s event including The Biscuit Factory, Kiln, Northern Print, Jim Edwards Studio and 36 Lime Street.

The spring programme includes:

Rachel Brown, project coordinator and general manager of The Biscuit Factory, said: “The Spring event has a laid-back vibe and being smaller in scale means that visitors can take their time to explore the different venues. Whether that’s discovering the freshest of work being created from within the studios, enjoying a newly launched exhibition, dropping into a demonstration or booking into a workshop. It means that visitors can personalise what they want out of the weekend.

“For many it’s a great opportunity to purchase or commission exciting new work for their home, for others it’s about supporting our local creative community or learning a new craft. We hope there’s something for everyone to enjoy, from families to first-time visitors, aspiring artists to seasoned collectors.”

Ouseburn Open Studios is open to the public and is free to attend. For more information on the line-up, visit

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