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 H

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Stephanie Harland

My work encompasses themes from coastal style, botanical beauty and a stylish feminine vision which are expressed through photography and illustration. From cacti prints to decorative line art, my creativity is inspired by my travel adventures and an appreciation for beauty in different forms.

Venue: Cowbar View Cottage, Beckside, Staithes TS13 5BU

Medium: Photography and Illustration

Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris from Shipley creates limited edition screen prints of predominantly Yorkshire scenes. The work is produced from her Leeds 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, Staithes, TS13 5BQ

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. Yorkshire born and bred: a trained graphic designer with a strong illustrative style. I’m fascinated by contrasts: man-made structures against the natural landscape, black, strong ink linework 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.

Venue: Barras View, High Barrass.

Medium: Ink and watercolour

Kit Hemsley

Kit is fascinated by clay in its multitude of colours and textures. Currently she is exploring its extremes with the delicate, flowing, semi-translucent, coloured Parian (porcelain) in stark contrast to her extremely tactile, burnished, sawdust fired pieces. The work is sometimes functional, often sculptural but always visually exciting. Her work is influenced by a childhood spent on the coast near Whitby. Now living and working in Runswick Bay. The processes Kit uses mean all her work is as individual as a fingerprint.

Venue: Ardbank, Elliot's Yard, Staithes, TS13 5BJU

Medium: Ceramics, sculpture, jewellery

Caroline Hudson

Caroline is a painter and ceramic artist based in Haworth, West Yorkshire. She has been working as a self-employed artist for many years and is delighted to be returning to Staithes Festival of Art for the fifth time. You will find her exhibiting recent paintings, ceramic vessels, individual handmade tiles and especially for the festival, a variety of ceramic fish. Carolines work is rich in colour and texture. Her paintings exude an ethereal quality as she endeavours to describe her experiences and connections to wild, ancient, open landscapes. Expect a warm welcome in this little old Fishermans cottage.

Venue: Lahney Cottage

Medium: Paintings & Ceramics