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 B

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Vic Bamforth

Vic’s uniquely illustrated pieces usually involve themes relating to memory, place and storytelling. Whether invoking memories of the streets and fishing fleets of his own hometown of Hull, or illuminating corners of the history of his now local parish of Dudley, or exploring the subject of a significant commission, he depicts subjects with honesty, humour and enthusiasm. He can spend weeks on a single piece, preparing developmental drawings, hand painting them in his studio. The pieces are blown in the "hot shop," blowing studio, located in the Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge. His work is held in many private and public collections worldwide including the Corning Museum of Glass, New York,

Venue: Rose of England, High Street Venue 40

Medium: Handpainted Blown Glass

Andy Blackford

Andy was born in Middlesbrough and lives in Cambridge and Staithes. Everything Is Perfect is his second collection of poems. His first, in collaboration with John Foggin, won the Sentinel Poetry Book Prize. Join Andy for an entertaining poetry reading at his cottage on the Staithe. Venue 70.

Venue: Viking Cottage Venue 71

Medium: Poet

Fran Brammer

I am a York based textile artist creating personal landscapes in both handstitched or freehand machining techniques. My work often explores histories, sometimes including text, re-using fabrics, and 'found' or re-dyed yarns. Having begun by studying Ceramics I then taught art and design, ceramics, textiles and even digital photography before leaving to focus on my own textile interests. I now produce work for exhibition, for private commissions, as well as hosting workshops based on freehand machine work for The Viking Loom and privately. A founder member of the York Textile Artists group.

Venue: Benjamins Cottage, 15 Staithes Lane Venue 1

Medium: textiles

Alison Brayshaw

My work is a collection of enamel and silver jewellery and a series of hand thrown porcelain. My pieces focus on simplicity of form and colour. I am inspired by the landscape, both of my home in the Yorkshire Wolds and travels to Southern Africa. The firing processes of both methods of making are an indicative part of my inspiration, in that they contrast but create a similar colour palette.

Venue: Roxby Cottage, High Street Venue 62

Medium: Enamel Jewellery/Porcelain Ceramics

Linda Brill

Originally from Wales I have lived and worked in Yorkshire snce 1984. I studied at Bath Academy of Art and Cardiff Art College. I am represented by Water Street Gallery and am an Associate Studio Artist at Dean Clough Galleries. I have had a number of solo shows, many group exhibitions and have work in private collections in Britain, Europe and America. I work in oil and also charcoal. My work can be catagorised as figurative realism, is mostly still life, but also landscapes and the human form.

Venue: Bellebeck Cottage, Beckside Venue 16

Medium: Painting

Cath Brooke

Cath Brooke is a Leeds based printmaker inspired by urban and industrial landscapes. Cath studied fine art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where her interest in industrial spaces began during sketching trips to Swan Hunter shipyard on the River Tyne. Prints start with sketches before being re worked back in the studio. Images focus on the changing industrial landscapes of the North and Cath often visits the same sites many times, documenting the changes taking place. Recent work is inspired by coastal industrial areas such as Merseyside, Teesside and Humberside.

Venue: 3 Beckside Venue 17

Medium: printmaking

Ian Burdall

I paint in oils. I mainly paint on the East coast and love the areas between the Humber and the Tees. I also appreciate the landscape of Dungenss and have visited the area to paint several times. I tend to include an industrial or historical narrative to my paintings choosing to depict actual shipwrecks and decaying post industrial landscapes.

Venue: Hillside Cottage, Gun Gutter Venue 60

Medium: Oil Painting

Ian Burke

Ian Burke was born in Saltburn and was brought up in Redcar. After studying Fine Art at Newcastle University he followed his father’s footsteps and worked as a labourer on the North Sea oil rigs for two years before continuing his studies at Goldsmith’s College, London. Formerly a resident of Staithes, he now lives close by on the North York Moors and the village continues to inspire him. Many of his strong, unsentimental images depict its boats and buildings and the fishing industry which remains at the heart of this community. Ian is a dedicated teacher of art who takes great pride in nurturing new talent. He has taught in various comprehensive schools throughout the country, as well as at Rugby School and Eton College where he is now Head of Art. Ian's exhibition at the Sunday School is called Hanging It Out to Dry and will be previewed on Friday and run throughout the Festival and beyond. He will also be running two workshops on Dry Point Etching.

Venue: Sunday School, Wesleyan Chapel Venue 21

Medium: Painting/Printmaking

Heather Burton

Award winning landscape and figurative artist specialising in acrylic palette knife work

Venue: Hillside, High Barrass Venue 49

Medium: Palette knife painter