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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Rob Shaw

Rob Shaw was born in Ripley, Derbyshire in 1974. He is a self-taught artist, who began painting in 1994 when his family moved to Boulby, overlooking Staithes. He later moved to the village and now works as a full time artist from his studio there. Rob is constantly seeking new ways to depict the buildings in Staithes and their ever-shifting relationship with the winds, the tides, the storms and the light that envelop them. The breakwaters at Staithes, the traditional boats are also a frequent subject matter. His painting 'London from St Paul’s with White Van' was hung at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2012 and 'St Paul’s London, Early Morning Light', selected for the 2013 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Rob will be exhibiting his current work in the Wesleyan Chapel.

Venue: Love Divine, Wesleyan Chapel Venue 23

Medium: Painting

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 Venue 12

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: Ruby House, High Street Venue 26

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, Venue 1

Medium: Needle felting

The Seaside Stitcher

Patchwork, quilting and appliqué.

Venue: 18 Cowbar Cottages Venue 29

Medium: Textiles

Andrew G Storrie

Andrew works in Watercolour, creating mood and atmosphere inspired by the Yorkshire dales, the colours the weather the changing mood and light on the landscape. Andrew paints quickly creating both bold colour and subtle shades to create his own distinctive style and view of Yorkshire and the North East. Andrew studied at Bradford college and now runs watercolour classes in East Yorkshire.

Venue: Pennysteel Cottage Venue 36

Medium: Watercolour

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 Venue 13

Medium: Mixed media artist

Emma Stothard

Emma was born in Hull and grew up in Kilnsea, a tiny village at the northern end of Spurn Point. After graduating from Southampton Solent University with a BA Hons in Fine Art, Emma moved to the Somerset Levels to learn the process of growing, coppicing, bundling and weaving willow. She returned to Yorkshire and began making geese and small animals from woven willow. Emma moved to Whitby and took a teaching post at Whitby Community College where she continued to develop her work as a sculptor. Today she works full-time as a sculptor. Her work can be seen in stately homes, galleries and private homes around the country. Emma has made a special contribution to the Staithes Festival with dramatic works like the blue lobster on permanent display at the top of the village, a giant red lobster, a pterodactyl, and last year, a popular polar bear that stood proud on the breakwater. Look out for this year's works around the village. Emma will also be talking about her work during the Festival.

Venue: Seaview Garage, The Staithe Venue 65

Medium: Sculpture

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 Venue 47

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 Venue 25

Medium: Glass Artist