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 N

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Wendi May New

Wendi takes inspiration from the North Yorkshire countryside and also it's inhabitants. She makes detailed studies that inform very bright, colourful and very illustrative artworks. Wendi works in various mediums including acrylic, watercolur, pencil crayon and also inks. Her work turns heads as it is so striking, it will make you want to come closer and take another look. Her work is very unusual in some of the techniques used and makes for great conversation pieces.

Venue: Potter's Snug, Beckside

Medium: Painting and Drawing

Sue Nichol

I am attracted by the edges of the land, be it the rocky edges of Yorkshire and Derbyshire or our fabulous and varied coastline. I find constant inspiration in the sea in all its moods and it is a subject to which I am invariably drawn, striving always to capture its movement and strength, which I find both fascinating and frightening. The wild hills and moors of North Yorkshire and Derbyshire provide a different challenge and I love to paint them as they are exposed to the extremes and intensity of light. I try to capture a particular atmosphere created, sometimes fleetingly, by swiftly changing weather conditions and am fascinated by nature’s ability to present a landscape in so many different tempers.

Venue: Laura Knight Studio Cottage

Medium: Oil Paintings

Ailsa Nicholson

Ailsa is a fused glass and ceramic artist living and working in Sleights, just outside Whitby. Her work is largely inspired by the North Yorkshire Coastline, capturing the beauty of the local land and seascapes in bold, abstract and tactile form. Pieces range from large sculpture to small window hangers and jewellery.

Venue: 4a Northside, Cowbar

Medium: Fused Glass/Ceramics

Light Up North

We are illuminating the world, from here in the north east by adding EL neon wire to art!

Venue: Betsy & Bo, High Street

Medium: Illuminated graphic art