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 N

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Jo Naden

Jo Naden makes sculpture; works range from small hand-held medallic objects to larger scaled works for public spaces, responding to a sense of place. Drawing is also an aspect of her practice where the activity is process lead. Jo has worked in the West Midlands since graduating from Birmingham College of Art, however, she originates from the Derbyshire Peak District. Forces and phenomena, time and season inspire her work, often with reference to the artifacts and monuments of ancient cultures. The sculptures are made in clay with carved planes sensing the geometry of water’s formative qualities. Jo has worked extensively as an educator and developer of the Arts, with experience in Healthcare, Education and Planning. Her work is held in private collections both internationally and in the U.K. Public commissions include Cadbury; Dudley Group of Hospitals and Queen Elizabeth Hospital; Crest Nicholson, Park Central Birmingham; Birmingham and Staffordshire C.C. And more recently a contemporary medal, commissioned by The British Art Medal Society, TIME SPENT, explores the dandelion plant in a mythical/ botanical context. Jo is a member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

Venue: Bethel Chapel, High Street

Medium: sculpture medals drawings

Sue Nichol

My paintings are of places I know very well and visit over and over again, both literally and imaginatively. I am attracted to the ‘edges of the land’ including our fabulous and varied coastline as well as the rocky edges to be found throughout the British landscape. My love of the sea stems from my childhood. I was born in Hartlepool on the North East coast and visited the little fishing village of Staithes often, as I still do today. The fishing cobles to be found on the North East coast serve as my models. They have a unique shape that reflects their Viking heritage, being clinker built with a rounded belly, flat stern and pointed bow. They are a challenge to paint but mine have all been pronounced sea worthy by the local fishermen. A great compliment indeed.

Venue: Laura Knight's Studio, Barber's Yard

Medium: Oil Paintings

Sally Nicholas

Sally has been working with glass for over 15 years, and is mainly self taught. Sally enjoys glass fusing using dichroic glass and frit. Her work has been sold in prestigious galleries across the North East. Sally has recently ventured into lamp working and is currently experimenting with achieving organic beads in borosilicate glass. Sally exhibits with Viridian, along with husband Ian who is a member of this artists group.

Venue: Dining Room 2, Trig Point

Medium: Fused glass jewellery

Ian Nicholas

Ian Nicholas Ian was born and raised in Marske by the Sea, and has been interested and drawing and painting from an early age. Ian is inspired by the 1940's and 50's watercolour artists such as Claude Buckle, Claude Muncaster and Roland Hilder. Ian has had several successful one man shows and has a strong following of collectors at home and abroad. Ian now exhibits regularly with Viridian Artists Group who share his passion and enthusiasm for painting. Ian has taught watercolour painting to a number of groups.

Venue: Dining Room 2, Trig Point

Medium: Watercolour Landscapes

Ailsa Nicholson

Ailsa is a full-time local fused glass and ceramic artist living and working in Sleights, just outside Whitby. Her work is largely inspired by the North Yorkshire coastline, capturing the beauty of the land and seascapes in bold, abstract and tactile form. Pieces range from large sculptures to small panels and jewellery.

Venue: 4a Cowbar Cottage, Northside

Medium: Fused Glass, Ceramics