The Biscuit Factory contemporary art gallery is set to reopen after 130 days of closure.
The Ouseburn gallery has been closed since March 18, five days before the UK's coronavirus lockdown was implemented by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Biscuit Factory art gallery, cafe and event venue will reopen on Saturday, August 1.
“We’re cautiously optimistic about reopening the building on 1 August, and are looking forward to getting our team back together as well as welcoming our very supportive customers back to the gallery and cafe,” said general manager, Rachel Brown.
During the temporary closure, the gallery has received continuing support and encouragement from keen art-lovers, local neighbours and new friends.
Rachel said: "A lot of people have continued to support us throughout lockdown, which has been so welcomed by the whole team. It’s wonderful that people are still making the choice to purchase original art and handmade craft during what has been a very uncertain time for a lot of people."
After more than four months of browsing collections online, the public will finally be able to walk back through the doors of one of the UK’s largest, independently owned contemporary art galleries to see and shop the array of artwork in person. Its cafe, The Factory Kitchen, will reopen from August 1, too.
Covering two floors of gallery space, a spacious cafe and roof-terrace the venue will be implementing measures to ensure the safety and comfort of visitors and staff alike.
"We were helpfully guided by our customers via an email survey about what they found important when thinking about returning to visit us,” says communications manager, Kathryn Tye.
“We’ve taken that feedback seriously and are using it to inform policies including social distancing, visible hygiene and sanitising provisions for everyone in the building, and new ways of serving customers throughout the business. We can’t wait to get back."