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 T

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Jill Tattersall

Jill moved to York from Brighton. She’s had many solo and group shows and her work's all over the place - from Rwanda to Peru, Tasmania to the Turks and Caicos! She loves the sea. She experiments with materials and techniques, often using her own hand-made paper which has a unique, unpredictable texture. Paints, inks, dyes and pigments build up intense and glowing colour and she enjoys combining throwaway or reclaimed elements with gold and silver leaf. Favourite themes include night skies, the light on the sea, and questions surrounding value and worth.

Venue: Slipway Cottage,Chapel Yard S

Medium: Mixed media painting

Donna Maria Taylor

Donna is a mixed-media artist working across a wide range of disciplines. Her background is in theatre design and production, but in recent years she has devoted more time to her own art practice. Her current work is inspired by the world around her, particularly the rugged landscapes of the British Isles and she works in collage, acrylics, watercolour and inks. Drawing is a fundamental part of her practice, as is experimenting with different techniques to achieve layered and unusual effects. Donna is very community based and she also runs art workshops / weekly online classes and art holidays.

Venue: Kindly Light (Wesleyan Chapel)

Medium: Mixed media

Zoë Taylor

Zoe positions herself with canvases on the beach, working whilst the waves crash around her. Her delight is in wrestling the elements, quickly applying colour and making marks as she soaks in the view across the beach and sea.

Venue: Lifeboat Cottage, Cowbar

Medium: Painting

Kathryn Guy Textiles

Kathryn is a textile artist who works from her garden studio near Richmond, North Yorkhire. Inspired by nature and the environment, she works predominantly with upcycled textiles and mixed media to create colourful art, jewellery and greetings cards. She also run workshops encouraging people of all ages to explore their own creativity.

Venue: Hill Cottage

Medium: Textiles , Mixed Media

Wonky Jewellery Company, The

Intrigued and inspired by her surroundings, Lou’s work is random, and emotional. Bursting with innate organic form, its sculptural and poetic designs take on many a diverse range. Abstract, experimental and potentially dysfunctional, Lou uses an array of entangled processes within her work, creating unique and bold jewellery designs. Using traditional Gold-smithing techniques, Lou likes to let the material react and evolve organically, creating beautiful bespoke and one off pieces. Nature Inspired, organically formed.

Venue: The cottage , Hight Street, Staithes

Medium: Silversmith, Jewellery, Goldsmith

These Old Threads

My interest is in ethnic and unusual textiles, many of them hand woven or hand dyed, which I use to construct timeless jackets. Every jacket is unique and is cut to make the most economical use of the fabric, with minimal wastage. Designs are kept simple to show off the beauty of the textiles, many of which come from India, Africa, China or South-East Asia.

Venue: Staithes Museum

Medium: Handmade Clothing

Lisa Tindale

Mid September in Staithes - A time to breathe the sea air, wander the old streets and seek out art to inspire. My handmade mosaics are inspired by the colours of land and sea with layered textured collage adding an extra dimension and a nod to a vintage vibe. Boats, cherry hearts and vases are set on a wooden or ceramic base, the designs both whimsical and unique. Also eye-catching ceramic brooches.

Venue: Cowbar View Cottage, Beckside, Staithes TS13 5BU

Medium: Mosaics Notebooks

Susie Tindale

A Staithes artist, Susie creates ceramics full of life and character.

Venue: Staithes Museum

Medium: Ceramic