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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The North Yorkshire Gallery

I am a landscape photographer based on the North-east coast in close proximity to some of Yorkshire's most picturesque towns, villages and landmarks. Places such as Staithes, Whitby and Roseberry Topping are where the majority of my work is focused, often in the low light before sunrise and after sunset, capturing the vibrant colours in the sky. My own thoughts on photography is that there are some iconic shots every photographer should have but you should always look to show something new and take a chance on a different perspective. This is what I try to achieve and you will see in my work a familiar place from an unfamiliar angle. I hope you will enjoy my work and I look forward to meeting you all at the festival.

Venue: 10 Whitby Road

Medium: Landscape Photography

Sarah Garforth

I live and work in Ramsgill in Upper Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales. My work is closely related to the countryside on my doorstep with typical themes of rivers, reservoirs, bridal ways and trips to the coast. I am an avid drawer and walker and collect my reference in the field before developing it into finished pieces in the studio. I work in oils and print including screen print, solar plate print and drypoint.

Venue: Bethel, High St

Medium: Oils and Printmaker

Mary Gillender

I live on a windswept clifftop at Port Mulgrave, near Staithes, and make semi-abstract collages in various materials. I also make jewelry, which can be found on Etsy under the shop name “DarkerDesigns”.

Venue: Fisherman's Cottage, Gun Gutter

Medium: Multimedia Collage, Jewellery

Redcurrant Glass

Karen Redmayne BA Hons is a contemporary fused glass Artist working from her studio in the shadow of Pendle Hill ,in the Lancashire village of Higherford. Growing up in the countryside on a farm she is inspired by the colours and forms in nature and her surroundings . Her other passions are camper vans and beach huts and these are reflected as a common theme throughout her work. Pieces include wall plaques, hangings, coasters, bowls, mirrors and more. She has over twenty years experience working and teaching in the creative industries.For more details visit

Venue: Anchorlea, High Street [33]

Medium: Fused Glass Artist

Studio Glass

I began creating stained glass artwork as a hobby eight years ago. Since retiring, I now have time to undertake commissions and more detailed work (pet dogs, cats, birds, flowers, bats, skulls, Green Man, Yorkshire Rose, clocks, hearts, Xmas Decorations, seaside items, vintage cars - VW Beetle, Camper Van, Landrover - view over Staithes Beck). Several items have been ordered and sent as far away as Australia. All my work is on display at the Gateway Business Centre on Staithes Car Park, where I also volunteer in the tourist information point.

Venue: Gateway Centre

Medium: Stained Glass

Simply Sea Glass

My favourite pastime is to beachcomb, collecting sea glass and drift wood from local North East beaches. It was my sister who suggested I make jewellery and wall decorations from the treasures I found, and since then I have perfected variety of techniques to produce unique pieces. These techniques include wrapping the glass with silver wire or drilling the glass, allowing it to be mounted onto silver plated findings, chains and drift wood to create bespoke necklaces, earrings, rings and wall hangings.

Venue: Trig Point

Medium: Sea Glass Jewellery

Janet Fraser Stained Glass

Janet's interest in glass started as a hobby eight years ago. She is passionate about her work and loves bringing old traditional windows back to life, as well as working with clients to create modern bespoke windows. Alongside this Janet makes smaller glass designs and works with the copper foil technique which enables her to make more detailed pieces. Janet works from her garden studio in Sleights, a peaceful spot with a babbling brook and leafy surrounds. The studio also doubles as a teaching space for Janet where you can book a workshop and learn the art of stained glass making for yourself.

Venue: Barrass House, Barrass Square

Medium: Stained Glass Artist

Clayton Gray

'Clayton Gray' is the collective name for paintings by Stuart Gray and Ruth Clayton. They run a studio together at Farfield Mill in Sedbergh, Cumbria. With his formal training as an illustrator Stuart now produces images in mixed media in sketchbook form mainly depicting his travels. These images are then unusually mounted and framed.

Venue: Trig Point, Staithes Lane

Medium: Illustrator

Clayton Gray

‘Clayton Gray’ is the collective name for paintings by Ruth Clayton and Stuart Gray. They run a studio together at Farfield Mill in Sedbergh, Cumbria. Ruth formally trained as an Illustrator and now specialises in watercolour with the addition of gouache. She likes to try and capture the energy of water in all its forms from crashing waves to cascading waterfalls.

Venue: Trig Point, Staithes Lane

Medium: Watercolour Painter

Staithes Youth Group

Staithes Youth Group has been set up by Staithes Community Initiative Group and is supported by North Yorkshire Youth. One of SCI’s aims is to provide opportunities and promote life skills for the children and young people in Staithes and the surrounding area. The Youth Group has over 70 children registered and is run by a team of 8 volunteers. We meet weekly in the local Village Hall, and as well as socialising, playing and learning, children have the opportunities to attend workshops and get involved in local community life.

Venue: Trig Point, Staithes Lane

Medium: Arts, Crafts, Life Skills