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

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Ruth Clayton

I qualified as a Graphic Designer at Leeds Metropolitan University, specialising in illustration, in 1986 and then gained a teaching qualification at Manchester University. Since then I have spent time as an Art teacher working in high schools, tertiary colleges and teaching adults. I work in a studio jointly with my partner Stuart Gray at Farfield Mill in Sedbergh, Cumbria. We love working in this old textile mill. It has such a charm and history. I mainly specialise in watercolour and like to try and capture the energy of the sea. I love the way that water reflects the surrounding force of nature with all its colours and intricate patterns.

Venue: Trig point, Staithes Lane

Medium: Watercolour, Mixed media

Eliza Conway

I make rag rugs from vintage pure wool blankets and yarn using different techniques. I hunt down old tools to use and sell together with vintage rugs and other textile treasures. I also enjoy making smaller items such as knitted animals and woven cushions. 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 Centre.

Venue: Sealey Cottage, High Barrass

Medium: Textiles Rag Rugs

Sarah J Cooper

Sarah’s passion for horizons and expansive skies comes through in her work. Painting in oils for larger layered sea and landscapes or acrylics for smaller, energy filled abstracts. Using palette knives, brushes and often her fingers, to blend the paint Sarah strives to capture the emotion, movement and pull of the ocean. The dramatic British weather is a constant inspiration. She loves to travel the UK, collecting images. Exhibitions for 2020: Spot on the Wall, Richmond, Derbyshire Open Arts and Whitby Art Fair. She has just been selected for a place at The Green Man Gallery’s “Spring Gathering” exhibition.

Venue: Seacrest Cottage - 3 Barrass Square

Medium: Painting Oil Acrylic