Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

Staithes Festival has established itself as one of the friendliest festival on the coast – a must-go-to event in the regional arts calendar.

During the weekend some 100+ cottages in the village become temporary art galleries in a unique selling exhibition. Staithes heritage is also celebrated in fossils, fishing, historic photographs and film shows.

North York Moors, Scarborough Borough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire
Light on the Beach

Glenn Kilpatrick

Staithes Festival Artists Beginning with B

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Ruth Bader

Ruth Bader is a Yorkshire artist who has been developing her dynamic nude portraits in ink, pop collages and landscapes for the last six years. The work is influenced by her continuing love of Staithes, where she spent much of her childhood, and her more recent experiences in Asia and Australia.

Venue: Ash Cottage, High St/66

Medium: Painting, Ink, Collage

Racheal Bamford

Originally hailing from Staithes, I now reside in Shipley with my husband and house rabbits. Despite the relocation I am still fascinated by the heritage of the East Coast and try to capture some of its folklore in my illustration. My work is often quite exacting, but this is lifted by an underlying current of humour which is often the foundation idea behind a drawing. An architect’s Rotring pen finishes almost all of my art often layered with watercolours or hand print techniques. My images have been used for book covers, advertising and developed into screen printed tea towels and cushions.

Venue: Middlesbrough House, High Street/39

Medium: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking

Vic Bamforth

Vic’s uniquely illustrated pieces usually involve themes relating to memory, place and storytelling. Whether invoking memories of the streets and fishing fleets of his own hometown of Hull, or illuminating corners of the history of his now local parish of Dudley, or exploring the subject of a significant commission, he depicts subjects with honesty, humour and enthusiasm. He can spend weeks on a single piece, preparing developmental drawings and hand painting them in his studio. The pieces are blown in the "hot shop," blowing studio, located in Stourbridge. His work is held in many private and public collections worldwide.

Venue: Balmoral Apartment, Church Street/89

Medium: Handpainted Blown Glass

Janet Barker

I am a textile artist and my work is primarily concerned with the natural world that we see in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside that surrounds us.I am a "fabric magpie" and rarely buy fabric, preferring to use the hoard that I have collected over the years, especially the scraps that would appear to be too small to be useful! The colours and textures of fabrics are often the starting point for a piece of work which are then combined with paint, embellishments and hand and machine embroidery.Experimenting is a fundamental part of my practice as an artist and my work is constantly evolving as I try new techniques and materials in order to capture the beauty of the world we live in using fabric and stitch.

Venue: Confidence Cottage, High Street/25

Medium: Textiles

Mark Bleakley

Born in Bury, Lancashire, England in 1960. Educated in art, first at Bolton Art College (1981-1983) and then at degree level in Portsmouth (1983-1986). For the next eight years Mark worked in a variety of areas including four years as a freelance and studio photographer. Travelling extensively in Asia through 1994, Mark produced the drawings which were the foundation for setting up as an artist for 14 years in Hong Kong. Re-patriatation in 2009 has seen Mark living and working in Cheshire.

Venue: 5 Northside Cottage, Cowbar/58

Medium: Drawing, Painting

Keith Blessed

Keith is a specialist pastel artist working out of his studio in the gateway centre, Staithes and the Cellar Gallery, Grape Lane , Whitby. Keith's work evokes the many changing moods of the moors and coast, from large stormy skies to sun drenched coastal villages, Keith's work is all about light and colour, producing bvibrant landscapes and seascapes. Keith has exhibited widely, including the Pastel Societies of Australia and Ireland, and the Ferens Open in Hull.

Venue: Beachside Cottage, Seaton Garth/95

Medium: Soft Pastel Painting

Linda Brill

Originally from Wales, I have lived and worked in Yorkshire since 1984. My work is in private collections throughout Britain.

Venue: Bellebeck Cottage, Beckside/45

Medium: Painting

Ann Bristow

i am a self taught artist, inspired to produce rather quirky and different paintings of our beautiful Yorkshire coast. Through my use of vibrant colour and a rather contorted view of the world, I hope to produce works that are fun to view and capture the atmosphere of a happy seaside holiday.

Venue: Roraima, 40 Staithes Lane/7

Medium: Acrylic Painting

Caroline Brogden

Caroline Brogden is the designer-maker behind SeaBreeze Designs. She is a jeweller working in Sterling Silver and Gold but also incorporates precious stones, pearls and sea glass. She uses the British coastline as her main inspiration and replicates the patterns and forms found in nature into metal. Her aim is to create interesting tactile pieces that will encourage you to reminisce over hazy days at the seaside. Caroline combines traditional silversmithing techniques including hand forging, fold-forming and stone setting with a contemporary perspective.

Venue: Greystones, High Street/30

Medium: Jewellery Designer-Maker

Cath Brooke

My recent work has been focused on the industrial landscapes of the North East of England, in particular around the Middlesbrough and Redcar area and the North and South Gare at Teeside. There is a wealth of material to draw from as an artist, with huge contrasts between the vast industrial structures and the nature reserves and beaches sitting alongside each other. I've always been drawn to the north east and was first inspired by industrial scenes during a visit to Swan Hunter ship building yard when studying fine art at Newcastle University.

Venue: 3 Beckside/48

Medium: Printmaker

Lorraine Brown

Recently I have been exploring oil glaze juxtaposed with opaque paint and my focus has been colour relationships within abstract ideas. I deliberately chose to work on a series of deep sided boards as my work has a strong three dimensional feel to it which for me is a a natural progression from working in relief. I find the geometrical inspiring and it is a constant within my work. My studio is at Platform Arts, Middlesbrough.

Venue: Salmon Cottage, High Street/65

Medium: Painting, Graphics, Drawing, Relief

Ian Burdall

I am a painter and photographer. I am now more concentrated on the painting but both are still important to me. My paintings are based on line and colour, framing subjects to accentuate angles and colour. The Yorkshire coast is my favourite destination. The villages and industry between Whitby and Teesside my greatest inspiration. I work in oils, medium format film and digital.

Venue: Hillside, Gun Gutter/86

Medium: Painting, Photography

Ian Burke

Ian Burke grew up in the north east and for a time worked on the North Sea oil rigs before going on to study art at Goldsmith's College in London. Ian is the Head of Art at Eton College and continues to produce his own work represented by the Staithes Gallery. This year Ian is bringing a new exhibition to the Festival entitled Watch with Mother. A series of paintings and prints drawing inspiration from his childhood growing up in Redcar in the 1960s.

Venue: Sunday School, Wesleyan Chapel Venue: 44

Medium: Painting, Printmaking

Helen Burrell

Helen studied for BA (Hons) Animation at Surrey Institute of Art and Design. She is a keen illustrator and doodles on everything! Helen currently works as a digital designer for a leading UK company in Berkshire where she produces graphics, video and animation but still prefers traditional creative processes of sketching and painting. She is currently working on her own illustrated children's picture book. Venue: 79

Venue: Pilgrim Cottage, High Barrass/79

Medium: Illustration, Graphics

Heather Burton

Heather is an award-winning artist specialising in palette knife work. She uses acrylics for both figurative paintings and landscapes.

Venue: Hillside, High Barrass/81

Medium: Palette Knife Painting