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.

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Glenn Kilpatrick

Exhibiting at the Staithes Festival

The Staithes Festival is an 'open' festival. There is no selection panel, anyone may apply. The houses and cottages that make up the temporary ‘galleries’ during the  Festival are either let or loaned by villagers. There are a finite number of houses available and we do not have any substantial public buildings available.

Finding a Venue: Since its inception in 2012, the Festival has been oversubscribed. We are very happy for artists to make their own arrangements for a venue, either by exhibiting in their own home, borrowing from friends or renting one of the many commercial holiday lets in the village (providing the owners have given their permission). We do not hold a list of all the cottages available as this changes from year to year. If you go to the Accommodation pages, you will see a list of holiday lets and it is a matter of ringing round and seeing what is available.

Artists without a venue can apply on the appropriate application form and we will try and place you with a resident who has offered to host an artist. We usually invite the host to choose from the artwork provided, the person they wish to host.

Trig Point: We have recently learned that Trig Point the former holiday camp at the top of the village will once again be available to us as a shared venue for some 12-14 artists. The Artists' Co-ordinators will allocate the spaces to artists who cannot find their own venue. Artists should apply via the online application process for 'artists without a venue'. We also have the use of a small gallery behind the Captain Cook Inn and we allocate artists in a similar way.

While we try to accommodate everyone, we almost always have to turn people away because we do not have enough properties available. It will take some time after registration opens for us to know which properties are available, so please do be patient, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Accommodation: Although we know that accommodation is limited, we suggest that if you do not have a venue, you do not book your accommodation. Some places take a non refundable deposit and we would hate you to lose your deposit if a venue to exhibit was not available.

Contacting your host: Once you have a venue and you have registerd, it is up to you the artist, to make contact with your host if applicable and to agree with them to view the property if necessary, how and where you will hang or display your work, your arrival and departure etc.

Registration: Registration opens on 1st April and closes on 30th June. No more applications will be accepted after that date. Putting on the festival involves a huge amount of work for the organisers and it helps enormously if you register in good time. 

Prior to the Festival: We will write to  you a month before the Festival with further information about setting up, preview evening etc.

A Festival Office will be set up on the weekend outside Staithes Gallery. This is where you will collect your Artists Pack which will contain all the necessary paperwork and information for exhibitors, balloons and feedback forms.

Commission: The committee who administer the Festival do so on a voluntary basis. Each year we spend a great deal of time chasing late payers. Please pay your commission promptly after the festival.