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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Ruth Bader

Ruth Bader is an artist based in Yorkshire. She creates dynamic nude portraits in ink, and colourful hand-cut pop collages. As well as original inks, this exhibition will feature a brand new collection of collages and prints. For more information and to see work online:

Venue: Ash Cottage, High Street

Medium: Ink, Collage

Lyn Bailey

Lyn Bailey is a self taught printmaker from Kirkbymoorside. Her linocuts are inspired by everyday observations of the natural environment of the North Yorkshire Moors. She is particularly interested in portraying the movement of creatures and the ever changing landscapes through mark making.

Venue: Trig Point, Staithes Lane

Medium: Printmaker

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 and hand painting them in his studio. The pieces are blown in the "hot shop," blowing studio, located in Stourbridge. His work is held in many private and public collections worldwide.

Venue: Balmoral Apartment, Church Street

Medium: Handpainted Blown Glass

Ian Bamforth

Ian Bamforth Ian was born in Kingston Upon Hull in 1955. He has worked in a variety of jobs here and abroad. After enrolling on a "Hot Glass" evening class Ian moved to Brierley Hill in 2001 to study at the International Glass Centre. He has been based in the Midlands since and has exhibited widely in Great Britain and abroad. Ian specialises in producing hand blown glass pieces. Utilising both form and colour married with traditional techniques to explore transparency, translucence, reflection and refraction Ian's influences range from nature and the oceans flora and fauna to the cosmos. The latter being the influence for his most recent 'ORBIT' series.

Venue: Balmoral Apartment, Church Street

Medium: Handblown Glass

Janet Barker

I am a textile artist and my work is primarily concerned with the natural world that we see in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside that surrounds us. I am a” fabric magpie” and rarely buy fabric preferring to use the hoard I’ve collected over the years, especially the scraps that would appear to be too small to be useful! The colour and texture of fabrics are often the starting point for a piece of work which are then combined with paint, embellishments and hand and machine stitching. Experimenting is a fundamental part of my practice as an artist and my work is constantly evolving as I try new techniques and materials in order to capture the beauty of the world we live in using fabric and stitch I also work with adults and children as a freelance art teacher, using a wide range of media and techniques. I believe that inside everyone is the ability to create and in my workshops I aim to empower people to believe in themselves by creating something they are proud of.

Venue: Confidence Cottage, High St

Medium: textile artist

From The Beach

As a semi-permanent resident of Staithes I collect natural elements from Staithes beach and design mirrors, clocks and artefacts

Venue: Seaholme, Church St

Medium: Driftwood Artist

Keith Blessed

I am a pastel artist working out of the Cellar Gallery, Whitby. I very much regard myself as a colourist, producing vibrant work influenced by the local coastline and moors, from shimmering seascapes to atmospheric moorland. This will be my 5th year at the Festival, exhibiting out of Beachside cottage.

Venue: Beachside Cottage, Seaton Garth

Medium: soft pastel painting

Fran Brammer

I am a York based textile artist, focussing on personal landscapes in freehand machine embroidery. Areas of study were initially 3dimensional, but broadened across many disciplines including art and design and textiles. I taught for many years before leaving to follow textiles- studying historic costume making for the theatre, and worked on events as the York Mystery Plays. Although still making for private clients, my focus is far more art textiles, stitching, exhibiting in and around York and North Yorkshire, and hosting classes and workshops.

Venue: Benjamins Cottage, 15 Staithes Lane.

Medium: textiles

Alison Brayshaw

I make a series of hand thrown porcelain pieces with celadon and transparent glazes. My pots are functional - semi-domestic ware, they are for holding using and displaying. My recent investigation into enamelling on copper has led to a collection of sterling silver rings with individually fired enamel inserts.

Venue: Roxby Cottage, High Street

Medium: Ceramics and Jewellery

Linda Brill

Originally from Wales, I moved to Yorkshire in 1984. I studied at Bath Academy and Cardiff Art College (BA Hons Fine Art and Printmaking) and have worked in arts administration for many years. I am a gallery artist at Water Street Gallery in Todmorden and have had a number of solo exhibitions. My work is in private collections in Britain and Europe.

Venue: Bellebeck Cottage, Back Rd

Medium: Painting

Ann Bristow

My work is inspired by the beautiful towns and villages of the Yorkshire Coast. I work in my own unique signature style. My love of the bright jewel like colours which can be achieved using acrylic paint and the desire to create an image that intensifies reality is emphasised by distorting the lines of my work. My mission is to create paintings often nostalgic that reflect my deep affection for this area.

Venue: Roraima House, Staithes lane

Medium: Stylised, Seaside, Fun,

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 as industries increasingly cease operation. Cath has recently undertaken residencies at Bradford Industrial Museum and Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley.

Venue: 3 Beckside

Medium: Printmaker

Lorraine Brown

Lorraine's continued focus is on the formal aspects of abstract art. As a natural follow-on to her previous work in coloured relief, her recent work - in oil and oil glaze on smooth surface - is concerned with colour, light and rhythm explored within a strongly geometric / drawn format. She is a member of Platform Arts Studios, Middlesbrough.

Venue: Salmon Cottage, High St

Medium: Drawing, Painting, Relief.

Ian Burdall

I am a painter and photographer, I do now however concentrate more on painting. My paintings use line and colour, framing subjects to accentuate angles and separate shapes. The Yorkshire coast is my favourite destination especially between Whitby and Teeside. I love the way the industry, both old and new meet with more rural scenes of fishing, farming and the natural coastline.

Venue: Hillside Cottage, Gun Gutter

Medium: Painting

Ian Burke

A special exhibition by Ian Burke. 'This is the first use of figure composition I have attempted since my time at school over forty years ago. I have worked from still life subjects in the recent past and after a few courses at the Royal Academy I felt it was time to try some figure compositions. I like the idea that a tableaux is a picture of an event and the viewer has to come to the same visual conclusion about what is going on. With my pictures there is no definite answer, it is a kind of static people watching. This image 'Whitsun Wedding' is a large woodblock prints based on drawings and photographs from observation. Previewed on Friday and on show throughout the Festival and beyond.

Venue: Sunday School, Wesleyan Chapel

Medium: Printmaking

Mo Burrows

Largely self taught I use a combination of techniques including copper work, precious metal clays, wirework, kumihimo braiding and delica beading to produce unique and unusual necklaces and earrings. My work is influenced by colour, texture and shape and includes delicate and dainty as well as bold statement pieces. I have taken part in York, East Yorkshire and Pocklington Area Open Studios since 2011 and exhibited work in Bills & Rye, Kirbymoorside: Creation Fine Arts, Beverley; Blossom Street Gallery, York; Pocklington Art Centre; Art & Rose, Pocklington and other venues.

Venue: Trig Point, Staithes Lane

Medium: Contemporary Jewellery

Heather Burton

I am an award winning palette knife painter, focusing on figurative work and landscapes inspired by the dramatic coasts, moors and hills of Yorkshire and the mountains of Scotland.

Venue: Hillside, High Barrass

Medium: Palette knife work