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
Light on the Beach

Glenn Kilpatrick

Staithes Festival Artists Beginning with A

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Zosia Olenska Anderson

Optimistic representational art inspired by small scenes and a close observation of nature. My work looks to find beauty in our daily environments, and embodies a delight with decorative objects. I use large areas of gold leaf, with tactile textures and an individually aged patina, combined with painted plants or creatures. I also love to examine small interiors or landscapes, focusing in on books especially as one of my favourite subject matters. My ultimate aim is to make uplifting work that connects us to the world around us.

Venue: Broome Cottage, 1 Mount Pleasant, Staithes, Ts13 5DG

Medium: Painting

Ali Appleby

Ali Appleby is a Yorkshire based printmaker and designer. Her hand screen-printed pieces have an illustrative quality, paying attention to line, colour and shape. Taking inspiration from fashion, foliage, interior design, patterns and everyday objects, her collections includes imagery such as chairs, stacks of books, plants and patterns with a 1950’s feel. Ali boasts an extensive range of products, including greetings cards, limited edition prints, cushions, lampshades, zip bags and upholstered furniture.

Venue: Akenside, Barras Square

Medium: Printmaker

Zoë Taylor Art

I am a contemporary seascape artist, inspired by the connection between the sea and the sky. The drama and the subtly of nature fascinate me and are what I largely focus on when out sketching and painting on the beach.

Venue: Lifeboat Cottage, Staithes, North Side, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS13 5BY

Medium: Mixed Media Painting

Sharron Bates Artist

Sharron is a mixed media artist who lives and works in County Durham, England. Her work explores mixed media collage, which embraces her love of vintage colours, words and ephemera. Paper plays a fundamental role in her current work, especially if aged, turned yellow, or worn due to time and use. She’s a keen collector of forgotten or discarded memories held on beautiful papers. She can spend hours carefully collaging found papers which hold some pertinence to her artwork.

Venue: Hill Cottage, High Barrass , Staithes TS13 5DE

Medium: Mixed Media Artist

Suzanne’s Artscape

Suzanne lives and practices her art in Leeds. Although she has painted most of her life, and is largely self taught, Suzanne began painting full-time 9 years ago. Her paintings are regularly exhibited in galleries around Yorkshire. Suzanne is passionate about the Yorkshire coast and countryside, in which depicting the natural beauty through watercolour, whether it’s pebbles and rocks or rugged moorlands. As a regular visitor to the coast, she can state that there is never a shortage of inspiration.

Venue: Crows Nest Cottage 9 Cowbar Bank Staithesls TS13 5BZ

Medium: Watercolour artist

Meg Ashley

I am a painter and potter living on the North East Coast. I specialise in contemporary and fun imprinted pottery . My paintings are landscapes of the Coast and Moors. I have a seasonal stall at Staithes Arts and Crafts

Venue: Sealey Cottage, High Barrass

Medium: Ceramics and Painting

Jane Atkin

Jane Atkin is a jeweller and sculptor, some pieces are sculpture in their own right but some are wearable sculptural jewellery and as a self taught jeweller comes the freedom to experiment. Jane hand carves using the direct carving method which dictates the final form, having them cast using the lost wax process. The materials she uses are a mixture of gold and silver, semiprecious stones and Jet, the Jet used is found by her on the Yorkshire coast beaches, Each piece is unique and her designs are modern and often bold, influenced by good design and brutalist architecture.

Venue: Wesley Cottage, Beckside.

Medium: Sculptural jewellery