Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

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

This year it's 15-17 September 2023.

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

Paul Czainski

Trompe l'oeil artist. Paul Czainski, whose home and studio is Tudor Rose cottage in Staithes agreed to paint a series of 'illusions' in hidden corners of  the village. They include a plaque of Dame Laura Knight, a mermaid with mirror and Noah's ark. Now you can follow the Paul's trail around the village with the help of a leaflet available in local shops.

Paul Czainski

About Paul

Paul was born in Yorkshire, England and studied Fine Art at Leeds, Jacob Kramer and Goldsmith’s, London.  He exhibits internationally and nationally and supplies galleries in Mayfair,( London), Yorkshire and Manchester.  He is member of ‘The International Guild of Realism’  and a Fellow of the Faculty of Decoration, (Sheffield,UK).  

A leading trompe l’oeil painter, Paul works in a variety of styles and media, through figurative paintings, murals, illustrations and print-making. He works from his studio at home in West Yorkshire and also from his studio on the Yorkshire Coast.

‘I am easily lured into any artistic endeavour that takes my fancy.  It is all about creativity.  My present work explores life’s ironies and absurdities through painting, drawing, printmaking and performance.’

Paul’s painting, “Painted Lady’ has recently featured on the cover of ‘Who’s Who in Visual Art, 42 Masters of Realist Imagery’  and last year saw his work featured in ‘The Finest Rooms in America’.  This year his painting can be seen in ‘Folly de Grandeur’ Nicky Haslam’s latest book.