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 T

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Donna Maria Taylor

Donna is a mixed media artist working across a wide range of disciplines - including prop-making / scenic painting in the world of professional theatre. Her current work is inspired by the world around her and incorporates collage, acrylics, watercolour and inks. It is rare that she sticks to just one medium. Drawing is a fundamental part of her practice, as is experimenting with different techniques to achieve layered and unusual effects. Donna is also regularly involved in community art projects in her home City of York, and she runs art workshops / weekly classes and art holidays.

Venue: Kindly Light, Wesleyan Chapel, Chapel Yard, Staithes TS13 5BS

Medium: Mixed media

Lisa Tindale

It's cherry time in Staithes ! I've been working on some of my signature cherry mosaic designs to bring a pop of colour into your living spaces. Also 'blossoming' are quirky cutlery pieces and ceramic brooches, made using whimsical designs that you won't see anywhere else. I'm a regular Staithes Festival exhibitor and being from Whitby this all feels like home to me. Here's looking forward to a great weekend and why not come over to the beck and see the cherries for yourself.

Venue: Cowbar View Cottage, Staithes Beck

Medium: Mosaics and Notebooks

Brian Tozer

Brian studied in ceramics and auxiliary textile design at Hull College of Art 1960 - 1965; moving from Hull to Pickering with his wife Sally in 1984, and establishing their studio at Rock Cottage. His work is wide ranging, from portraits, landscapes, etc. in oils, acrylics, pencil and inks to functional and sculptural ceramics and mixed media pieces. He has exhibited successfully at a variety of venues and welcomes commissions. Individual tuition and small group workshops at StudioTozer can be arranged to suit individual needs.

Venue: Kindly Light Cottage, Slip Top

Medium: drawing painting ceramics

Sally J Tozer

Sally trained at Padgate College in the 1960's, marrying Brian in 1966. They moved to Pickering in 1984 and set up their studio at Rock Cottage. Sally has worked closely with local groups and schools as well as exhibiting her own work. She works mainly in ceramic, often incorporating other media, producing individual figurative pieces. She is influenced by nature, folk lore and life in general. Brian and Sally often collaborate on pieces. Commissions undertaken.

Venue: Kindly Light Cottage, Slip Top

Medium: ceramics mixed media

Willie Wight's Staithes Treasures

The Wright family present a rare opportunity to view much-missed fisherman Willie Wright's private collection of historic Staithes postcards, unseen photographs and model boats. A must-see exhibition for anyone interested in the history and heritage of the village.

Venue: Sunny Lea High Street

Medium: Staithes memorabilia