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 '24 is on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September, with preview night 7-9pm Friday 13.

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, 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 M

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My name is Fiona Gill (Marmaladerose). I’m a textile artists based in the Yorkshire Dales. Known predominantly for my wet felted wool pictures of animals and flowers but more recently exploring hand embroidered portraiture after winning a national, textile portrait competition. This year my felt work has been featured on TV’s ‘Meet the Richardsons’ program and my embroidered portrait of ‘Bryony’ featured on the cover of ‘Embroidery’ magazine. My work sells in UK galleries and online internationally.

Venue: Anchorlea, High Street, Staithes.

Medium: Embroidery, Felted Wool.

Wendi May

Wendi is a multi-disciplined artist and sustainable alchemist based in Northallerton. Her art works range from botanicals to landscapes, gothic to large scale murals, as she implements a variety of mediums. She loves being outdoors to capture the intricacy and vibrancy that nature offers her creativity.    Using sustainable methods, Wendi’s alchemy skills allow her to create her own charcoal, inks and paints from local flora and fauna for her sketching and painting purposes. She is a founding member of ‘The Art Crowd’ and a great supporter of creativity within the local community, running numerous workshops for all age groups.   

Venue: Shrimp Cottage 21 Church Street Staithes TS13 5DB

Medium: Wild studies of nature with foraged materials

James McGairy

James Lives and works on the Northern edge of the North York Moors, responding to his environment, creating paintings to celebrate this unique landscape. James aims to convey a sense of place, by conjuring with paint. ‘I search for subjects that inspire, looking for a ‘Light’. I return to familiar places and with luck, I try to capture a moment. My process involves layers of paint, to achieve depth, I am continually thrilled by the magical quality of paint. I am attempting to express my visceral connection to the North York Moors.’

Venue: York House High Barrass Staithes Saltburn By The Sea Yorkshire TS13 5DE United Kingdom

Medium: Painter

Feral Metal

Feral Metal creates upcycled metal sculptures and bespoke lighting. All hand crafted and unique.

Venue: Ling Cottage, Beckstones Yard.

Medium: Upcycled metal sculpture

Patrick Miller

I paint solely in watercolour, often enhanced with ink, mainly landscapes. The wonderful landscapes and seascapes of the North Yorkshire national park are well known and I paint both but I am also drawn to our industrial areas and the more down to earth post industrial areas such as South Gare. I would hope to exhibit a mixture to reflect the broad scope our area has to offer.

Venue: Hampden Cottage, Chapel Yard

Medium: Watercolour artist

Stef Mitchell

Working from visual and sound memory Stef paints expressive abstract pieces influenced from walking the northern landscape and coastline. After a degree in film, photography and sound Stef completed post graduate studies at Goldsmiths followed by a second degree in Fine Art. Her paintings have been awarded The Ferens Open Browne Smith Baker Prize, the Selectors Prize at The Ropewalk Gallery Open and selected for the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Prize. Stef has exhibited nationally and internationally and was recently artist in residence for the Yorkshire Wolds Way. She works from her studio looking out to sea in Staithes Studios.

Venue: Staithes Studios, 1 Slip Top, HightStreet, Staithes

Medium: Painter Printmaker

Ian Mitchell

Ian takes the Northern Landscape as his inspiration. As well as showing his familiar and well established minimal landscape prints, he will be showing his latest abstract prints and assemblages.

Venue: Staithes Studios

Medium: Minimal Abstract Print

Charlotte Morrison

Charlotte is a ceramicist from the Yorkshire Dales, who hand-builds her individual ceramics. She uses porcelain clay to create both functional & decorative items, which are decorated using underglazes, oxides & various glazes. Her work reflects the past in some form; as she has a fascination in researching times past. She has two main bodies of work; her ‘Map Collection’ which her ceramics through form & symbolic inspired decoration, echo ancient roads, places & the surrounding Yorkshire landscape. Her most recent work is the work on ‘Collections’, where her ceramics reflect collected object from walks & natural specimens.

Venue: Greystones, High Street

Medium: Ceramicist