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 www.whitby-photography.com

Staithes Festival Artists Beginning with H

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Elizabeth Haddon

I live in Ormesby, North Yorkshire and constantly appreciate the wonderful coast and countryside on our doorstep. For as long as I can remember I have been interested in all forms of art, from stained glass to pottery and drawing. Since retiring, I have embraced acrylic paint to make landscapes, seascapes and most recently portraits. I have attended classes with local professional artist James Mc Gairy whose expert tuition is amazing. Having spent many happy holidays as alittle girl with my brothers in Staithes, it evokes such joyful memories; sunshine, toffee cakes and fishing for crabs and winkles. Consequently I am very excited to exhibit here for the first time.

Venue: Dining Room 1, Trig Point/10

Medium: Acrylic

Kathy Hammond

‘Serenity in landscapes, the ever-changing colours in seascapes, and the elegance and grace in natural form are worked into mixed media studies using surface layers. They are composed, drawn, and painted in an expressive style, capturing atmosphere and energy. Mixed media art works use combinations of methods. Surface, colour and mark making are important elements. I also work to commission, painting your chosen subject. Having had a successful career in art and design, at the BBC, YTV and also in teaching, I run short mixed media workshops, and am invited to work with and visit art groups. Kathyhammonddesign@yahoo.co.uk

Venue: 1 Beckside/50

Medium: Painting, Mixed Media

Tom Handley

The Hew Man: greenwood spoons and painted work-scenes brought into a back-alley bait shack on the back of a bike. Join this peddlar for a fanciful tour round a past forest of flotsam, dust, stone chips and dreams.

Venue: Bait Shed, Wavecrest, Seaton Garth/93

Medium: Green Woodworking, Painting

Stephanie Harland

Stephanie is an illustrator and photographer based in East Anglia. Stephanie’s illustration work is detailed with an appreciation of line, surface and colour, inspired by fashion, travel and interior design. As a photographer Stephanie enjoys creative versatility documenting weddings, interiors and her travels. Stephanie works to commission, teaches workshops in fashion illustration and creates original artwork for sale.

Venue: Kipper's Corner, High Street/35

Medium: Illustration, Textiles

Sarah Harris

My work consists of limited edition screen prints that begin as pen drawings. A limited colour palette is used throughout to enhance the original line work, adding depth and interest through placement and tone. I have always enjoyed the exploration of landscapes, especially around Yorkshire and Cumbria, and I combine this curiosity for my surroundings with my practice. I endeavour to produce an image that brings you into the reality of that scene, whilst evoking a feeling of nostalgia and sense of discovery.

Venue: Greystones, High Street/30

Medium: Screen Print

John Harrison

Yorkshire born and bred, I have drawn since I can remember. My line and wash style...always a strong drawing with selective colour washes..has evolved from daily sketching, and I always look for a different, dynamic view of familiar places with the inspiration for much of my work coming from with Yorkshire, especially the East Coast.

Venue: Broome Cottage, Mount Pleasant/20

Medium: Pen & Wash

Colin Harrison

Colin lives in Staithes, as have his ancestors for over 400 years. He has been an avid photographer since he studied ‘photographic science’ at Atlantic College 40 years ago. Colin enjoys capturing fleeting moments when nature displays its vivid colours but he also appreciates monochrome shots for the sense of mood and soul they evoke. Colin tries not to become blasé about living in such a photogenic area and dreams of combining his intimate knowledge of Staithes with perfect light and perfect composition; he hopes that in striving for this he can occasionally achieve excellence.

Venue: Arncliffe House, 6 Cowbar Bank/53

Medium: Photography

Kit Hemsley

Kit creates forms influenced by a childhood on the coast near Whitby and by clay itself. Her work currently falls into two distinct ranges and reflects the clay she’s using. The Parian and porcelain work mirrors coastal textures, colours and forms. Clay is coloured and used to create movement in her pieces. The shapes are formed over rollers, cardboard or moulds. Other work uses stoneware or Ashraf Hanna Raku clay to create very tactile forms based on shapes from nature and Neolithic stone carvings. Pieces are burnished, sawdust fired and waxed giving the clay a very organic texture and patina.

Venue: Victoria Cottage, Broomhill/23

Medium: Ceramics

Beverley Ann Hicks

Beverley was born in North Yorkshire. She studied at The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, in 1989 she was awarded a B.A.Hons in Fine Art and won the Bartlett Travel scholarship which enabled her to travel extensively throughout Australia; this culminated in an exhibition of her paintings in London. In 1989 she was awarded a Bursary Grant from the DES, and in 1991 gained an M.A. in Painting/Sculpture from Newcastle University. In 1992 she gained a Northern Arts Awards to Artists. In 1998 she was shortlisted for the Nat West Art Prize and in 2000 she was shortlisted for the Pizza Express Art Prize. She lives in the Yorkshire Dales where she continues to develop her Art practice.

Venue: East View, High Street/70

Medium: Painting

Peter M. Hicks

My retrospective is being previewed at The Inspired By Gallery at the Moors Centre Danby on the 16th September; this represents over sixty years in the practise. I studied at Scarborough, Middlesbrough and Leeds colleges of Art in the 50s, and later at Northumbria University for a Masters Degree at the end of a teaching career, 1988-90. I painted from first leaving college but devoted the whole of my time to the practise in my early fifties form 1990. My work now is centred on landscape mostly, as my daughter says: “it is his metaphor for his concern”. I have shown widely throughout Britain, Maclaughren galleries Ayr, Norwich, Hereford, Oxford, throughout the North and in London at Messums. I presently have work with Zillah Bell, Chantry House, and Coast Galleries. Most recent shows: “In Tandem”, Countryside Museum Hawes, with my daughter Beverley, and commemorative show in The Gallery Gateshead.

Venue: East View, High Street/70

Medium: Painting

Michelle Holland

In my book covers I combine the versatility of Clay with the excitement of Beach Found Treasure – seaglass etc, I then bind the papers with a Coptic binding stitch to create journals, I weave the back boards for the books, and I also weave shawls and throws.

Venue: Upstairs at Bethel Chapel, High Street/15

Medium: Bookbinding, Weaving

Brian Holland

As I work I respond to the clay's ability to reflect and express my physical, tactile and spatial experiences.  Experiences of figures in space, of sea and land, rocks and mountains and the whole gutsy feeling of life. Although I have long had a city based studio I have now moved back into the city to live and the cityscape and the hustle and bustle of people is having an influence on the imagery of my work. Much of my work is wood fired, some is fired in an electric kiln and some in a gas kiln but all is stoneware.

Venue: Upstairs at Bethel Chapel, High Street/15

Medium: Ceramic Sculpture

Freya Horsley

With land and seascape as a starting point, I make paintings that focus particularly on changing effects of light and weather. I am fascinated by the fleeting and enigmatic changes which rain, mist, sunlight, cloud bring to the face of the land and the ever-changing, constantly moving nature of the sea. I love to draw outside in the landscape, and take my sketchbooks everywhere I travel. I use a wide variety of materials, such as oil and acrylic paint, wax, collage, spray paints, oil pastels and so on, responding to the sense of the space that emerges from these processes.

Venue: Buttress Cottage, Beckside/46

Medium: Painting

Michael Howley

Born as I was under the shadow of Pendle Hill, landscape has always ‘loomed large’ in my imagination and spoken to my soul. Inspired by landscape or memories of landscape, my paintings are at the same time ‘innerscapes’. The artist in me seeks out connections between the changing moods of the outer world and my inner stirrings of emotion and spirit. I currently work from soulspace art studio in Soughbridge Mill, Kelbrook, where I also run drawing and painting workshops. I always look forward to taking part in the Staithes Art & Heritage Festival and am inspired by the surrounding coastline and its ever changing moods.

Venue: Garden Cottage, High Barras/77

Medium: Atmospheric Painting

Caroline Hudson

Whether working with clay or creating mixed media canvases, texture and colour are essential elements to my Art. I try to evoke a sense of moment and time passed from the places I love to be. The coast is a massive influence, it gives peace and at the same time invigorates me; the changing light, the rock, the elements and the textures of the coast as well as the colours of the sea blending with the sky. The wild Yorkshire Moors also have a natural influence on me. I enjoy the sense of space and feeling of freedom they give.

Venue: Lahney Cottage, High Barrass/78

Medium: Ceramics, Paintings

Shirley Hudson

Originally from Oxfordshire, I now live and work in North Yorkshire, creating portraits and paintings from my studio and out on location. At this year's festival I will be exhibiting painted portraits and their related studies - a portfolio of drawings and sketches in acrylic, watercolour and pencil that inform my portraits, build context and help me gain a wider understanding of the person.

Venue: Wavecrest, Seaton Garth/94

Medium: Painting, Drawing

Gail Hurst

Developing observations, sketches, recalling my memories of amazing locations, stunning light and natural forms near my home on the Yorkshire coast are essential to my working practise. The process is often challenging when I explore a variety of painting materials to capture atmosphere, a sense of place and those elements that excited me. A recent project took me away from painting and I found myself using collage on 3D forms. An interesting challenge and although surprisingly time consuming is something I'd like to explore further as it was great fun and not to be taken seriously.

Venue: Fishermen's Cottage, Gun Gutter/84

Medium: Painting, 3D Collage