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 S

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Kate Smith

Predominantly working in oils applied with a palette knife, Kate’s exaggerated use of colour and thick layers of paint, help to build-up light and texture in her work. ​ Taking inspiration from in and around Whitby and the coastline where she lives, Kate draws on her sculptural background which has lead her to develop an impasto application of paint using a palette knife, very much as she used tools to carve sculptures. ​ This technique has become a fundamental aspect of her style along with a love of local craftsman-built traditional fishing boats that are the subjects of much of her recent work.

Venue: Poplar House, High Street

Medium: Marine Artist

Ellie Smith

I am a 21 year old university graduate from North Yorkshire. I am absolutely delighted to have received the Staithes Festival bursary and I cannot wait to get started. I work using fineliner, creating a unique representation of the northern coastline. Within my work, I enjoy focusing upon gaining a differing perspective of iconic seaside landscapes and architecture, building upon the beauty of the setting.

Venue: Venue to be confirmed - bursary

Medium: Fineliner pen art

Alison Spaven

I create 3d sculptures and pictures using rare breed wool, with a single felting needle. I get most of my inspiration from the wildlife and farm animals that inhabit the woods and fields around my tiny village studio, but enjoy spending time travelling to sketch seals at the coast or sheep and red squirrels in the Lake District

Venue: Benjamin's Cottage, 15 Staithes Lane, Staithes TS13 5AD

Medium: Needle felting

The Seaside Stitcher

Patchwork, quilting and appliqué.

Venue: 18 Cowbar Cottages

Medium: Textiles

Lucy Storrs

I am interested in the immensity and fragility of the natural world and our participation in it. I am a mixed media artist with a current focus on wool. My work is described as vibrant with depth and surprise as most people from the distant think it is oil or pastel based. Although based in London we are in the process of moving back to the area as there is no place like the North East with its rich heritage, stunning morland and coastlines and open skies. I find so much inspiration in these lands.

Venue: Glaisdale Cottage, High Street

Medium: Mixed media artist

Stephen Stott

Stephen’s work is influenced by an ever changing scene of visited places. The relationship between light and colour is important to the work and he is intrigued by the search to find an invigorating combination of these two elements. Ultimately, this allows freedom to explore the painted surface and gives fresh representation to his perceptions and sense of place.

Venue: Seahaven, Barrass Square

Medium: Painting

Gregory Alliss Glass Studio

Glass is not my first career. I have been working with glass for several years and I am studying for an MFA in Glass at the Edinburgh College of Art. I predominately work with kiln casting and cold-working techniques working with optical glass and recycled glass. Glass is a ubiquitous material cherished for its transparent and translucent properties It is often looked through and not at. My work draws the viewer inside. I want them to find something interesting beyond the shiny façade.

Venue: Manns House, Manns Yard, Staithes

Medium: Glass Artist