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Six Speed Transmission at Toffee

November 2, 2016

Venues across Ouseburn Valley are gearing up for this year’s Open Studios weekend and the team at Toffee Factory have a treat in store for you. This year, we join forces with Unit44 to showcase an original body of work by artist Ryan Quickfall.

Newcastle based artist and illustrator, Ryan is heavily influenced by the outlaw culture that has for generations established its connections with the motorcycle. Taking inspiration from old comic books and subversive anti-hero characters, he presents his work in a solid graphic style. He is a rider himself so knows his stuff when it comes to motorbikes. Working in acrylic, enamel and printed mediums. If you read Dice magazine or managed to catch him across the pond in Brooklyn’s Union Garage shop you’ll know this is one not to be missed.

“It’s a rare opportunity to see Ryan celebrated in his home town, his work is truly international, and enjoyed all over the globe within it’s specific niche. We’ve been huge fans for a number of years and were simply awaiting the perfect opportunity to pull something together. Following a meeting at the Toffee Factory it all started to click into place. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Ryan, the space itself, and our past six years as a gallery.”Danny Hughes, Director and Curator of Unit44.

On the Friday evening doors open for a special preview event which sees Unit44 celebrate their 6th Birthday. The Grind Burger will be on hand with their famous real American cheeseburgers and there’ll be Toffee’s very own Toonshine beer to wash it down with. Head over after work for a tipple and a browse of the artwork, which is also available to buy. If you can’t get down on the Friday, there’s no need to worry, Toffee Factory along with nine other Ouseburn venues are open on Saturday and Sunday too. So take a cultural crawl along the Valley where you can expect a huge variety of affordable and original work to buy, from paintings, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, furniture, prints and much more. With work featured from over 200 artists and designer-makers there will be something to suit everyone’s taste.

“We are delighted that Creative Space Management in partnership with Newcastle City Council is able to make such a strong contribution to the 2016 Open Studios. When we established Toffee Factory almost five years ago, it was exactly these types of events as part of a strong creative community that we hoped to establish. We look forward to seeing you at Toffee Factory.” – Toby Hyam, Managing Director, Creative Space Management.


Friday 25th November, 6:30pm – 10pm, Preview Evening, Six Speed Transmission preview event with bar and The Grind Burgers vendor – FREE EVENT

Saturday 26th November, 12.00 – 4.00pm, Six Speed Transmission, Ouseburn Open Studios – FREE EVENT

Sunday 27th November, 12.00 – 4.00pm, Six Speed Transmission, Ouseburn Open Studios – FREE EVENT

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