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

Staithes Festival Artists Beginning with M

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Fiona Gill creates textural wall art with wool fibres, which she fuses together using hot soapy water in a technique called wet felting. This technique combined with free-motion, machine embroidery creates works that are often mistaken for paintings. She works from home in Wensleydale and is inspired by her love of Britain’s beautiful countryside and wildlife. Being self taught Fiona has developed her own techniques and style which has lead to invitations to teach and exhibit as far afield as Australia and Hong Kong. Her work sells in UK galleries and online internationally.

Venue: Anchorlea, High Street/34

Medium: Felted Wool Art

Mike Marshall

I have been collecting fossils & Whitby Jet on the coast between Ravenscar & Boulby for as long as I can remember. Along with the fossils I have always collected Whitby jet from which I handcraft Items of quality jewellery and also prepare the jet as specimens to show its natural beauty as a fossil in its own right: fossilised Monkey puzzle tree. In recent years I have incorporated photography into my business, and as a keen amateur I have used the knowledge of the coast and surrounding areas which I have gained over many years to take images of the coast and what it has to offer in all weathers, from storms, sunsets, sunrises to natural phenomena such as the northern lights.

Venue: Newholme, High Street/17

Medium: Jewellery, Photographs

Gay Massender

Gay is a lampworker using a duel fuel propane and oxygen torch, she melts glass to create small sculptural objects and unique glass beads which she fashions into wearable jewellery. Her work is inspired by the landscape and characters that surround her. She has developed a method of encasing enamel powder within layers of molten glass to create depth and texture, using fine strands of glass to draw detail onto the surface of her work using the heat of the flame to capture miniature landscapes. Gay exhibits and teaches lampwork, both locally and internationally.

Venue: Lifeboat Cottage, Northside/60

Medium: Glass Jewellery

Guy Masterman

Guy Masterman works with metal/wire, wood and concrete - he is a Professor in Sport with a passion to create work that is focused on form and movement. This showing of his work is a forerunner to his latest project, ArtSchool, a gallery and study centre to open in Wensleydale in 2018/19. Works include sculptures for inside and out.

Venue: Pelican, High Street/37

Medium: Sculpture/Installation

James McGairy

James has been working as an artist in Guisborough, Northeast England, since 1991. James has used paint in response to this region’s visual splendour, paintings that celebrate our landscape. There is a certain northern light that is very subtle, James strives to convey this feeling through paint, to convey a sense of place. Work is collected internationally and has previously won prizes and was a contestant on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2015 and 2016.

Venue: Coppins, High Street/32

Medium: Painter.

Patrick Miller

Born in the North East I have sketched and doodled since an early age. From this I occasionally delved into cartoons, a style that seemed to follow me into my more-considered watercolours. I paint as the mood takes me, usually watercolours enhanced with ink, and usually landscapes of our wonderful local area.

Venue: Hampdon Cottage, Chapel Yard/43

Medium: Pen and Watercolour

Stef Mitchell

Mono printing from nature Stef makes prints which create an edge from which the organic accident and intentional mark can be read. Her folded prints have developed from book making and explore the book as object creating tension between the read and unread. She is currently working at Scampston Hall gardens which she is documenting throughout the year with nature mono print and photography. After a degree in lm, photography and sound Stef completed post graduate studies at Goldsmiths followed by a second degree in Fine Art.She exhibits nationally and internationally and curates Staithes Studio Gallery.

Venue: Sunnyside, High Barrass/82

Medium: printmaking bookmaking photography

Charlotte Morrison

Charlotte is a ceramicist from the Yorkshire Dales, who hand-building her individual ceramics. She uses porcelain & stoneware clays, 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. Her most recent ceramics, through form and symbolic inspired decoration, echo ancient roads, places & the surrounding Yorkshire landscape.

Venue: Greystones, High Street/30

Medium: Ceramicist

Graham Mortimer

A year spent living in Rome as a post graduate student, Graham developed a fascination for all things Italian...buildings, landscapes, culture etc. Throughout his travels he has tried to record in pen, pencil and watercolour scenes and situations that have taken his interest and attention. Hopefully, they will appeal to you, especially those of Staithes.

Venue: Gun Gutter House, Gun Gutter/83

Medium: Pen, pencil, watercolour

Eric Moss

I began potting at primary school, am a 3D design graduate (1982), where ceramics was subsidiary discipline. I continued potting studies/practice at night classes throughout 90s and 00s. I took a raku Summer School course in 2005 and started offering raku work for sale soon after. I take part in around a dozen selected shows a year, plus gallery exhibitions. Member of NPA and Associate Member of CPA. I have exhibited internationally and my work can be found in private collections worldwide, especially Australia and the US. I offer workshops and tuition in addition to my practice. (97 words)

Venue: Kittiwake Cottage, 4 Cowbar Cottages/55

Medium: Ceramics

Chris Moss

I make sculpture based on my interest in the natural world, its birds, beasts and botanical subjects, enjoying the study of their physiognomy and interaction. I use new and reclaimed mixed metal meshes and wire . I work to private commission, exhibit around the UK and run workshops.

Venue: Kittiwake Cottage, 4 Cowbar Cottages/55

Medium: New and recycled wire and mesh