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.

This year it's 15-17 September 2023.

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 R

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Brian Ramsey

Brian is a professional artist working from his studio in Darlington. He was a Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year semi-finalist in 2018 using his drawing of the boats on Staithes Beck as his submission piece. He specialises in line and wash of urban landscapes and portraiture. His work is characterised by the use of fine ink lines with limited application of colour for impact. He believes in the power of white space and economic use of mark making to allow the viewer to engage with a piece by filling in the blanks for themselves.

Venue: Mrs Toman's Cottage, Chapel Yard, Staithes, TS13 5BS

Medium: Line and Wash


Karen Redmayne produces a range of Handmade fused glass/ watercolour .Growing up on a farm she has always been drawn to nature and is inspired by the British coast and rural scenes .Her pieces range from small hangers to large wall hangings.She also runs courses in glassmaking/ jewellery and painting visit for further details.

Venue: Holme crest Church st staithes

Medium: fused glass Artist

Louisa Riley

One of my earliest memories involving clay was of wading barefoot in the mud discovering old clay tobacco pipes in the stream that ran through our garden. I was around the age of six but still recall the excitement of finding each broken fragment and the feel of the squishy clay on my skin. Clay creates in me a sense of both excitement and calm and forms an essential part of my well-being. I enjoy both hand-building and using a pottery wheel. The hypnotic humming noise and spinning motion takes me to a different place, freeing my mind of the unnecessary.

Venue: The village hall

Medium: Stoneware pottery