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 W

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Anne Ward

Anne is a local visual artist working from her studio in Whitby.She is inspired by the dramatic landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors and stunning coastline. Using mixed media, she creates work which reflect the mood and atmosphere of place. Her pieces are made with watercolour, acrylics and pastel and sometimes pieces of fabric are bonded onto the surface. She is a well established artist whose work has sold both here at home and abroad. As well as paintings she sells Giclee Prints, small Ceramics and Greetings Cards.

Venue: Dining Room 1, Trig Point/10

Medium: Mixed Media Painting

Jacqueline Warrington

After seven years of training I have been designing and making both jewellery and silverware for 33 years. I use precious metals and stones, working with traditional tools and techniques. I taken special commission work as well as producing my own range of jewellery and I also run classes from my fully equipped workshop.

Venue: Pennysteel Cottage, Boathouse Yard/63

Medium: Jewellery, Silverware.

Isabelle Watson

I learned to knit when I was a child and received tuition from my mother and grandmother. After a visit to an exhibition by Kaffe Fassett at Aberdeen Art Gallery I was inspired to take up knitting again. My main interest has always been in knitting a variety of small garments.

Venue: Coastguard House, High Street/28

Medium: Textiles

Diane Watson

With dogs as my companions, daily walks through the wild, raw open spaces of the North East coastline are my inspiration. The walks became my time, a time to wander and roam; to venture over frozen sands, past winter berries and harsh, brittle thorns. But always returning to treasure the warmth of home. Naughty Dog was born, initially crafting custom-made textiles, furnishings and designs. But as the seasons shifted, so did my ideas expanding to artworks, sculpture and paintings.

Venue: Captain Cook Inn, Staithes Lane/8

Medium: Painting, Textiles

Philip Watts

Philip Watts is an award wining designer-maker and interior designer with studios in London and Nottingham. This year he has exhibited his handmade lighting, handles and bathware in Paris, Sydney, New York and London, whilst also creating interior schemes for brands including Georges, Yo!sushi, Ibis and Mecure. This exhibition will be a unique, fun collection of photographs, which started as an idea to decorate a restaurant (Georges Great British Kitchen) that Philip Watts Design designed in Newcastle. This will be a one off exhibition at Staithes where Philip is a part time resident, and the only time people will be able to buy the artwork that has caused such a stir in the restaurants in Leeds and Newcastle.

Venue: Cliff Crest, High Street

Medium: Photography - Seagull Selfies

Oliver J Westwood

I am a conceptual photographer and photo manipulator. I recreate my dreams, sometimes good sometimes bad and alter my memories using photography, manipulation and mixed media. The images I produce all have a powerful story behind them. Creating an alternate reality is often better than the truth.

Venue: 61 Staithes Lane/2

Medium: Conceptual Photography, Collage

Bridget Wilkinson

Bridget is a full time painter and mixed media artist living in Whitby. She is influenced by her local environment and the world around her, creating bold, colourful and energetic works, in her own unique style. She also creates 3D works in the form of Coastal Shadow Boxes using ceramics, driftwood and other found objects

Venue: Sunnydene, Barrass Square/72

Medium: Mixed Media Artist

Tilly Wilkinson

Tilly employs both enamelling and silversmithing in the production of her art works and jewellery. Working from her studio on the Wirral she often incorporates images of the urban environment and the animals and birds that have made a home within it. Her most recent pieces take the form of free standing art works with detachable, wearable elements.

Venue: The Moorings, Mount Pleasant/21

Medium: Enamels, Jewellery

Steve Williams

I am an instinctive and emotive painter. I am inspired by the beauty and drama of North Yorkshire and I love exploring the countryside and coast. I feel a connection with the sea that is hard to articulate. I paint the sea relentlessly and the North East coastline provides me with a wealth of opportunities. I am self-taught. I like to allow my work to develop spontaneously with a fluid approach. Using palette knives and brushes, I create my paintings by weaving layers over time until I feel I have achieved an authenticity that reflects my feelings for the subject.

Venue: Cowbar View Cottage, Staithes/51

Medium: Painter

Sarah E. Wilson

Sarah lives in Staithes and spends hours collecting driftwood and other treasures on local beaches, by roadsides, in skips and charity shops. She transforms these materials into balanced and harmonious artifacts including driftwood mirrors and spinning mobiles, dream catchers, driftwood hearts and a flotilla of small boats. Sarah enjoys the serendipity of working with found and pre-loved objects, never knowing what will appear when but assured that working this way helps her to walk lightly on our beautiful earth mother. Sarah will be exhibiting at Eastcliffe behind the Staithe, and also in St. Peter’s Arts & Crafts Centre, Church Street

Venue: East Cliffe, Seaton Garth, (opp. beach steps)/97

Medium: Driftwood Designs

Lucy Wilson

Self-trained artist Lucy has lived and worked in Staithes for over 20 years, painting on wood, canvas, paper and pebbles. Her trademark composite views of Staithes reflect the structure of the village. She has painted many of the house name signs in Staithes. Another trademark are her “Story Stones” ~ complex 3D artworks wrapped around textured rocks and depicting stories which she and her children write. These magical pieces make excellent gifts for anyone with fond memories of time by the sea. Lucy is exhibiting at Eastcliffe, behind the seafront, and at St Peter’s Centre on Church Street.

Venue: East Cliffe, Seaton Garth, (opp beach steps)/97

Medium: Painting

Joanne Wishart

Inspired by the British coastal landscape, award winning artist Joanne captures and celebrates the British seaside in her colourful paintings. Joanne works with a variety of materials including acrylic paints, maps, textiles and driftwood. She will be showcasing her art deckchairs alongside a new selection of North Yorks paintings at this years festival.

Venue: York House, Mount Pleasant/22

Medium: Paintings, Deckchairs.

Mad About Wool

Born in Danmark, to parents that where both tailors, my father was the costume designer for the Royal Danish Ballet, I grew up surrounded by wonderful fabrics and yarns. When I was 4 years old my mother taught me to knit and from that time I have always had some knitting on the go. I use natural yarns, mainly British wool and like to make useful object that are fun and colourful. Along side this I also create themed pre loved chairs and stools covered in knitting. My husband spins yarn from fleeces that we have processed and dyed which I have used in my latest creations.

Venue: Ruby House, High Street/38

Medium: Textile Artist

Diane Wright

I have an art degree in textile and surface pattern and studied at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds....after many years running my own furniture and home wares retail shops I have now returned to my artwork...I am continually drawn back to Staithes and I am greatly inspired by the boats and the coastline...these are currently dominating my latest set of paintings...I also paint portraits, but portraits with a difference, as I work as a Spirit Artist, this I studied under the tutollege of Alan Stuttle ...And so my work is diverse, as I have the commercial side to my work , and the specialist work that I do for my clients....

Venue: Felicity Cottage, Church St/92

Medium: Watercolour, Acrylic, Mixed Media Painting

Helen Wrigley

Helen has reinvented herself recently, choosing to concentrate more on painting than photography and is loving the physicality of the paintbrush. She is excited by colour, shape and pattern and leaves realism for the camera. She works from her drawings or uses her camera to catch an image which has inspired her.

Venue: The Cottage, High Street/62

Medium: Mixed Media

Andrew Wrigley

Artist and cosmologist who has also worked in agricultural real estate in Argentina, fishing in Ireland, forestry in the UK and IT globally. In my youth, I rode to school across the Pampas, and have been a full-time gaucho and tractor driver (no, that wasn't on my gap year). This variety of life informs my art.

Venue: The Cottage, High Street/62

Medium: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture