Dutch artist Rob Van Hoek unveils his new solo collection of landscape paintings at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle on Friday 15 November.

Rob, who has previously exhibited his paintings in the UK, Denmark and France, presents a new body of work that will headline The Biscuit Factory’s 13-week long winter exhibition. His collection of paintings features cultivated landscapes that play with perspective and emphasise figurative details. Plus, all the titles feature lines from song lyrics, mostly derived from pop or jazz music.

Every season, the gallery – housed in a former Victorian warehouse in Newcastle’s cultural quarter – exhibits and sells a mix of paintings, prints, sculpture, glass and ceramics from more than 250 local, national and international artists and makers.

Highlights this winter include a new portrait series from India Amos, classically trained at the renowned atelier Lavender Hill Studios in London; and new sculptural pieces hand-built from stoneware clay from York-based ceramicist Chiu-i Wu.

The gallery also presents two thematic jewellery collections. ETHICAL celebrates sustainable and eco-friendly practices within contemporary jewellery making, meanwhile 100 Rings spotlights handmade rings from more than 40 independent jewellers.

A new showcase of electro-luminescent wire creations and illuminated art designs from the team at Saltburn-based Light up North will also take up residence in The Biscuit Factory’s all-new social space, Artisan.

Rachel Brown, General Manager of The Biscuit Factory, said: “Our Winter show is the largest we host annually with hundreds of artists and makers showing brand new collections.

“At this time of the year, we find that visitors are looking for an alternative to the big chains and choosing to shop local in search of handmade and original gift ideas in the lead up to Christmas. We’re offering even more options for people to visit the gallery throughout the festive period, with Open Studios at the end of November and late night shopping events in December offering an informal shopping experience that’s laid back and avoids the chaos of Christmas.”

The new show launches with a free public event on Friday 15 November, 6-9pm. Guests can enjoy complimentary fizz on arrival, meet exhibiting artists and enjoy live music on the night.

The winter exhibition runs until Sunday 23 February 2020. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm and admission is free. For more information, visit The Biscuit Factory website.