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 S

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Inkylinky By Liz Samways

Liz is a Yorkshire -based jeweller and printmaker, using etched and patinated silver and copper, also incorporating these elements into metal pictures, etchings, monoprints and collages. Her primary inspiration is the English landscape and its textures, patterns and shapes, particularly on a flat plane as viewed from the train window or aerial views. Also influenced by English landscape painters, printmakers and surface-pattern designers. The 'chemistry' of age-old techniques such as etching, drypoint, enamel and patination recipes fascinates her, and she loves experimenting with mixing techniques and materials between print and jewellery, getting the best of both worlds.

Venue: 3 Beck Side

Medium: Jewellery Prints Metal

Nadja Schütt

A maker for many years, I create all sorts of things. A lot of my work is inspired by years of travel and my love for the natural world. I work with textiles creating dolls and other creatures, but also clothes with decorations, embroidery and prints. I use string and natural and / or recycled materials to make macrame hangings and jewellery. Things I make are made to last and it is important to me to have a minimal impact on the environment. My creations are colourful and uplifting, to appeal to adults and youngsters alike.

Venue: Fishermans Store Beckside Staithes TS13 5BU

Medium: Textile artist, designer and jewellery maker

Rob Shaw

Full time artist since 2006 and previous Staithes Resident , using my cottage as a living studio Original work , oils on board Work featured on national TV 4 times, The One Show , Countryfile , Robson Greens Coastal Lives and Antiques Roadshow Roadtrip.

Venue: The Curious Crab , 4 Barrass Square

Medium: oil

Chloe Smith

Chloe Smith, an award winning artist, is currently studying towards her Master’s Degree in Design Practice at The Northern School of Art, where she is exploring print techniques combined with digital and traditional methods of painting to create her art. After gaining a first class honours degree in Fine Art (specialising in Abstract Painting), she is currently creating work which represents realism,taking inspiration from Staithes and the surrounding areas. Alongside this she is also producing a body of abstract work, exploring the process behind making artwork, the development of layered mark-making and colour combinations in turn developing artwork with a non-objective visual language.

Venue: The Captain Cook Inn, 60 staithes Ln

Medium: Paintings, Prints, Gifts

Sean Starwars

Sean Starwars is an American Printmaker who lives in Mississippi with his wife and five children. He is a member of the legendary Outlaw Printmakers. His work has been featured in Television, Movies, Books and Magazines. His work is numerous public and private collections.

Venue: Sunday School, Wesleyan Chapel

Medium: Multiblock Woodcuts

Jackie Stonehouse

Jackies work is confident in the use of colour and strong in composition, her choice of media changes depending on her subject whether that is still life,landscape, figure drawing or abstract.

Venue: Staithes Village Hall

Medium: Painter

Andrew G Storrie

My name is Andrew Storrie, I am a watercolour artist originally from Middlesbrough but now living and working on the glorious East coast of Yorkshire. My paintings depict places that I know and love, I strive to create atmosphere that takes the viewer on a journey through my paintings, often with a nostalgic nod to times gone by. I currently offer watercolour classes, details of which, together with further examples of my work can be found at

Venue: The Log Cabin, on the bank, Staithes Lane

Medium: Watercolour artist

The Corner Studio

Sarah’s passion for the sea, coastal horizons and expansive skies comes through in her work. Sarah is forever striving to capture the essence of her surroundings; the movement and energy of the sea, the temperaments of the weather and that glimmer of light and hope just visible on the horizon. Painting with oils, palette knives, brushes, and often her fingers all add texture and give an immediacy to her art. Moments are captured. Memorised. Painted. Sarah is currently working on pieces focusing on the North East and South West coastlines.

Venue: Seacrest Cottage 3 Barrass Square

Medium: Oil Paintings