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.

Festival 2024 is on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September, with preview night 7pm-8.30pm Friday 13 September

Doors of cottages are thrown open as pop-up art galleries in a unique selling exhibition. 

Celebrating the history and heritage of Staithes with a programme of walks, talks, 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 G

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Sarah Garforth

She works in a traditional way, collecting reference in the landscape and expanding her ideas and sketches in the studio. She uses predominantly oil with mixed media such as marble dust, graphite and oil sticks, applying with spatulas, scrapers and knives, working in layers scraping back in a sgraffito manner, striving to emulate a mood or the weather through markmaking and colour. She often works ‘contre jour’ creating strong accents and shadows. Her work has been described as being gentle, reflective and serene.

Venue: Broome Cottage, Mount Pleasant, Staithes, Saltburn-on-sea, TS13 5DG

Medium: Landscape Oil Painting

Ceramics, Lesley Anne Greene

Lesley has a BA Honours degree in 3D Design Ceramics. She left teaching full time in secondary education to start a family and has been creating and exhibiting her stylised ,expressive , ceramic sculptures in galleries and ceramics shows throughout the UK for thirty years. During this time she has received awards from both her peers and arts and crafts organisations. Her inspiration is taken from animal representations in folk tales, rhymes and mythology as well as personal encounters at home and abroad. All works are individually hand built in clay and fired up to three times in an electric kiln.

Venue: Village Hall

Medium: Figurative Ceramic Sculpture

Di Guttridge

Di is a regular visitor to Staithes, having owned a cottage there for over 25 years. Much of her work is inspired by Staithes, the coastline and the North Yorkshire moors where she spends time walking, sketching and taking photographs. Back in her studio she uses oils mixed with cold wax to produces abstract paintings which are multilayered and highly textured. Di uses colour and expressive mark making to convey the emotions she experiences when outside in the natural world.

Venue: Waverley House, High Street,

Medium: Oil painting