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 C

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Jane Carpenter

Growing up in Liverpool Jane has always been drawn to the sea. After moving to Staithes 10 years ago she developed an obsession with Seaglass , she turns her finds into one off pieces of jewellery. As a self taught paper artist inspired by the coast and moorland she uses a scalpel to interpret the landscape into intricate papercuts

Venue: Fisherman’s Cottage, Gungutter,

Medium: Papercuts, Seaglass Jewellery

Staithes Arts And Crafts Centre

We are a group of artists and crafters (19) who produce a range of high quality, hand-made goods on sale in S t Peter's Church, daily from mid March to the end of October. Items include fine art painting, wildlife art, sterling silver jewellery, ceramics, driftwood sculptures, textile art, photography, knitted and crochet goods, papercraft , fused glass, soap and much more

Venue: St Peter's Church, 7 Church Street, Staithes

Medium: See above

Penny Phillips Ceramics

Penny Phillips is a wild life sculptor, artist and teacher based in York. Her work concentrates on capturing the movement and the essential unrestrained nature of her subject matter. She uses a limited colour palette, creating depth with slips and oxide washes while attempting to retain the raw nature of the textural surface.

Venue: Staithes Chapel

Medium: Ceramic Sculpture

Sue Chipchase

Sue Chipchase is a contemporary painter who lives close to the beach and dunes of the North East coast. Her paintings are influenced by the effects of changing light and weather upon sky, sea and land. When not painting, she makes small stitched constructions using hand dyed fabrics and found materials from her walks along the beach. Sue graduated with a 1st Class BA(Hons) in Fine Art after a former career lecturing in creative textile design.

Venue: Kipper’s Corner, Staithes

Medium: Painter/Textiles

Rae Clarke

Based in Saltburn Studios & Gallery, Rae’s paintings are full of feeling for her surroundings. Semi-abstract oils, watercolour studies and monochrome sketches capture eye-catching scenes through shape, pattern, line, texture, and most of all colour. With a sense of nostalgia as well as hope for the future she seeks to share the joy of everyday scenes whatever the North East weather.

Venue: Salmon Cottage, High Street

Medium: Painting and drawing

Fiona Clibbens

Working from her home studio, Fiona enjoys using acrylics and watercolours taking inspiration for her paintings from the world around her - this could be sparked by a particular view whilst out walking or simply a striking colour combination from a greetings card. Fiona enjoys creating further depth in her work through the use of texture whether from a brush stroke, palette knife or fine silk & mohair crochet decals. You can see examples of Fiona’s work in GA11ERY ELEVEN in Filey.

Venue: Ardbank Cottage, Elliot’s Yard

Medium: Paintings with texture

Carolyn Coles

Focussing on seascapes, Carolyn utilises a range of media and substrates to convey a sense of time and place. Individually, each piece holds its own personal meaning. Working as a professional artist at South Bank Studios, Carolyn's love of the sea spills out, revealing atmosphere, feeling and connection. Having studied art and worked in an artistic work environment all her life, the experience of story telling within each stroke evokes emotional response. As a multi layered artist, Carolyn can also be found at various locations across York painting en plein air, or teaching adults through various classes with York Learning.

Venue: Kindly Light, Wesleyan Chapel, Chapel Yard, Staithes, TS13 5BS

Medium: Seascape painter

Eliza Conway

I make rag rugs from vintage pure wool blankets and yarn using different traditional techniques. I buy old rug tools to use and sell together with vintage rugs and other textile related treasures. I also enjoy making smaller items such as cushions and knitted decorations. Throughout the festival I will be demonstrating making a rug and selling materials and tools. Several of my designs are inspired by being by the sea. I am a longstanding member of the Staithes Arts and Crafts group.

Venue: Sealey Cottage, High Barrass

Medium: Textiles Rag Rugs

Lisa Rachael Creations

I am a fibre artist, Lisa Rachael Creations, I work magic with woollen fibres. Over the many years that that I have been creating unique and individual commissions I have enjoyed the privilege of being able to bring to life many amazing creations, many of them much loved family pets. My work is collected by many private collectors and can also be found in various craft outlets throughout the Yorkshire area. I facilitate workshops and also teach on a one to one basis.Bringing woollen fibres to life and bringing out the character of your pet is my passion.

Venue: Thistle-do-nicely

Medium: Needle Felt artist

Bean Creative

Living and crafting from her garden hut, right on the North East coast of England,
 Geraldine Pattinsons handmade jewellery combines recycled Sterling silver with the warmth of recycled copper and found sea glass. She is continually drawn to nature and inspired by its textures, 
imperfections and asymmetry. By melting, texturising and recycling every scrap, she is able to produce unique, tactile pieces. She takes commissions and teaches
workshops in silver smithing.

Venue: Ling Cottage, Beckstones Yard (Chapel Yard) High St Staithes TS13 5BH

Medium: Silver Jewellery