Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

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

During the weekend the doors of cottages in the village are thrown open as pop-up art galleries in a unique selling exhibition. 

The heritage of Staithes is celebrated through a programme of walks, talks, historic photographs, film shows, and a demonstration of how to make a lobster pot!

North York Moors, Scarborough Borough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire

Glenn Kilpatrick

Art in Staithes

Staithes Group

Staithes has long been a magnet for artists. In the late 19th century a group that included Laura Johnson (later Dame Laura Knight), Harold Knight, Joseph Bagshawe, Fred Mayor, Hannah Hoyland, Robert and Isa Jobling, Charles Mackie and others came to Staithes to paint. They lived and worked together loosely for a few years, lodging with local fisherman, paying them as models, sharing in their lives and tragedies. They have become regarded as a highly significant artists' colony known as the Staithes Group, exhibiting in the village and in Whitby. See examples of their largely impressionist work here

In the same spirit, art has continued in the village with many fine painters, photographers and sculptors inspired by spending time between the two cliffs.  Today, the Staithes Gallery is a showcase for contemporary art inspired by Staithes and the surrounding area, while Staithes Studios Gallery features contemporary fine art and crafts and regular art workshops. 

Staithes Arts and Crafts Centre at St Peter’s Centre on Church Street stages a selling exhibition (Easter to October) for local artists and crafts people and then there are any number of painters, sculptures, ceramicists, photographers, textile and glass artists who live, work or are inspired by this very special village.

Artists currently living and working full time in the village

Colin Harrison - photographer

Steve Iredale - chainsaw sculpture 01947 840815

Lucy Wilson - artist  01947 841198

Carole Zagrovic - Staithes photographs   01947 841233 / 07815005431