Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

Staithes Festival has established itself as one of the friendliest festival on the coast – a must-see event in the regional arts calendar.

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 H

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Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris from West Yorkshire creates limited edition screen prints of predominantly Yorkshire scenes. The work is produced from her studio and uses original drawings as a basis, the prints show locations in a way that have been influenced by memories and connections with the space. The balance between human and natures influence on the landscape is a reoccurring theme, as an unavoidable collaboration that makes the landscape as we know it.

Venue: Greystones, High Street

Medium: Landscape screen prints

John Harrison

It all starts ( and often ends) with a drawing- usually in strong, crisp ink -it aways has, and always will. I’m not a painter in the classical sense, but use the often unpredictable yet exciting medium of watercolour to highlight my drawings. I’m fascinated by contrasts: man-made structures against the natural landscape, black, strong ink line work against the fluidity and looseness of watercolour, bright light against dark shadow. I strive to use as little paint as possible, preferring to let the drawing speak for itself. Yorkshire born and bred: a trained graphic designer with a strong illustrative style.

Venue: Barras View, High Barrass

Medium: Line and watercolour


My work concentrates on my love of the landscapes and colours around me, and light forms a key part of both ones perception and interpretation of this. I love the juxtaposition of texture within glazes and surface finishes that can convey subtle differences in light, mood and atmosphere, and use shine, lustre and metallic finishes to describe light on water and sun breakthroughs on my pieces.

Venue: Village Hall

Medium: Ceramics

Kit Hemsley

Fascinated by clay in its multitude of colours and textures Kit creates using delicate, flowing, semi-translucent, coloured Parian and porcelain. Inspired by the sea and land formations the work is sometimes functional, often sculptural but always visually exciting. The processes mean all her work is as individual as a fingerprint. Now living and working in Runswick Bay.

Venue: Staithes Village Hall

Medium: Ceramics

Caroline Hudson

Caroline is delighted to be returning to Lahney Cottage for Staithes Festival 2023. She is an abstract landscape artist, predominantly working with paint and clay and based in Haworth, West Yorkshire. Expect to find ethereal paintings reminiscent of wild open places, exploring every kind of weather and our connection to these environments. Carolines ceramic vessels are full of texture and colour and can be thought of as 3D paintings, she is obsessed with surface interest and often uses found materials within the pot. She will also make some ceramic fish and tiles especially for the Festival.

Venue: Lahney Cottage, High Barrass. TS13 5DE. Staithes

Medium: Ceramics & Paintings