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.

Festival 2024 is on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September, with preview night 7pm-8.30pm Friday 13 September

Doors of cottages are thrown open as pop-up art galleries in a unique selling exhibition. 

Celebrating the history and heritage of Staithes with a programme of walks, talks, 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

Kate is a North Yorkshire artist residing in the harbour town of Whitby. Living on the coast has influenced her work immensely and she takes a particular interest in it’s marine life and the craftsman built boats that populate its rugged seascape. Working most often on a large scale in oils, Kate applies paint with a palette knife in a bold contemporary colour palette. 

Venue: Ardbank, Elliot’s Yard, Staithes, TS135BJ

Medium: Oil painting

Alison Spaven

I started needle felting 10 years ago and have continued to develop my skills and explore the medium ever since. The free-standing pieces I created at the beginning have given way to sculptural pictures, and the intense focus on the animal subject matter has widened into placing them into a contextual landscape. My passion is now my way of earning a living, and you will usually find me and my work in my gallery and artists studio in Malton. I am a founder member of York Textile Artists, with whom I have exhibited across Yorkshire and the North East

Venue: Dunroamin, Chapel Yard TS13 5BS

Medium: Needle felting

Dawn Stockbridge

Dawn Stockbridge is an emerging artist from Richmond North Yorkshire. Formerly an Art Educator with a fine art degree from Bretton Hall College. Her work is inspired by nature, capturing momentary observations of evocative space and wildlife. At times her images delve into storytelling, myth and the magical. This eclectic studio collection includes Charcoal drawings, earth pigment painting, works in ink and Acrylic. Many pieces showcase natural / eco materials and non-toxic products. This is an exhibition of contrasts - from the small and direct to the large and dramatic. Drawings and paintings which explore and celebrate relationship with the natural world.

Venue: The Anchorage, High Street.

Medium: Drawing and painting

Andrew G Storrie

Andrew was born in Middlesbrough and has lived in Yorkshire all his life. He draws a great deal of inspiration for his paintings from the Dales, Wold villages and Farms throughout the changing seasons. Andrew studied art at Bradford college. Elected a member of the 'British Watercolour Society' and twice selected a prize winner by the Dalesman magazine for the artist whose paintings best reflect the Dales way of life. Andrew now spends his time running his own watercolour classes and exhibiting around the East Yorkshire region.

Venue: Wades cabin

Medium: Waterclour