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 W

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Jacqueline Warrington

Jacqueline is a long established jeweller and silversmith working in gold, silver and precious stones, often to commission. She employs traditional techniques such as raising, chasing, forging and repousse work.

Venue: Pennysteel cottage, Boathouse Yard. Staithes

Medium: Jewellery and silverware

Mill Lane Weaving

Emma studied the art of Hand Weaving during her Textile Degree at Falmouth University. Since then she has worked for spinning mills across the UK: designing, spinning and weaving wool. Emma is now settled in the North York Moors, with her weaving studio making bespoke and commissioned handwoven items on her floor loom.

Venue: Staithes Arts and Crafts, St Peters, Staithes, TS13 5DB

Medium: Handwoven Textiles

Jewellery, Emma Welsh

Emma is currently a resident artist at Arnup Studios in York where she designs jewellery collections in gold, silver and Platinum. Emmas work is strongly inspired by natural themes and demonstrates her passion for the ancient, traditional techniques used in her work. Emma has been working and teaching in York for over 15 years and is a regular exhibitor at the Festival.

Venue: Kindly Light, Wesleyan Chapel, Chapel Yard, Staithes TS135BS

Medium: Jewellery

Sarah Westwood

Sarah Westwood is dedicated to bringing fun and color into the homes of dog lovers. Specializing in creating whimsical and charming artwork featuring Sprocket The Dog, I offer a range of products including prints, coasters, cards, tea towels, and placemats. My mission is to spread happiness and celebrate the bond between dogs and their owners through my delightful illustrations, making every space a little brighter for passionate dog enthusiasts.

Venue: Cinder Path Cottage

Medium: Digital artist

Bridget Wilkinson

Bridget is a full time painter and mixed media artist. Living in the small fishing port of Whitby gives Bridget the ideas and inspirations for her paintings, creating bold, colourful works, in her own unique style. Bridget has a wonderful collection of beach finds that she is incorporating into little sculptures and Shadow Boxes. These are an extension of her paintings using mixed media, driftwood, clay and found objects. Bridget’s work is fast becoming collectable both locally and nationally.

Venue: Seacrest Cottage, 3 Barrass Square

Medium: painting & mixed media

Charlotte Willoughby-Paul

Charlotte paints in acrylics in a Fauvist way, using vibrant colours. Based in York, her paintings are inspired by the colours of nature and expressed with a joyful whimsy. Charlotte is also an illustrator and has a colourful and fun range of greetings cards. Her paintings are of York in gem like colours and also Seaside harbours and beautiful flowers. Her joyful palette gives a dream like quality. “Colours have their own distinctive beauty that you have to preserve” Henri Matisse.

Venue: Bethel Chapel, High Street,Staithes

Medium: Painter and printmaker

Lucy Wilson

I live and work in Staithes, creating paintings on wooden boards,hand printed cards and pictures, detailed painted pebbles, and driftwood models and wall art. I get my inspiration from the beautiful landscape around me, it's history , it's fishing and the community in which I live.

Venue: Eastcliffe, Seaton Garth

Medium: Paintings, pebbles, driftwood

Sarah Wilson

As a resident of Staithes until recently, I have spent hours on the beach collecting driftwood and other treasures which I sew together with fishing line to make boats, spinners, mirrors, and hearts

Venue: Staithes Arts & Crafts, St Peter's Centre, Church Street

Medium: Driftwood, reclaimed materials

Joanne Wishart

Award winning artist Joanne Wishart is usually based at her studio gallery in Cullercoats on the North Tyneside coast. The beauty of the British coast and countryside inspire many of her paintings, which are created using acrylic paint and collage techniques. Joanne loves to capture sunny days and happy seaside memories. Joanne will be at York House during Staithes Festival showing her original paintings, limited edition prints, greetings cards and gift items.

Venue: York House, Mount Pleasant, Staithes, NE11 9DR

Medium: Colourful coastal paintings

Jackson Wood

A photographic story about the landscape, community spirit & people of Staithes.

Venue: The Tobacco Factory. Browns Terrace, Staithes

Medium: Photographs

Di Wright

My main passion is capturing the female face, a subject that has fascinated me for many years. My current series is called ‘ We are Creatures’ , and explores the pairing of the female with a creature, whether wild or domesticated, and uses various art techniques to bring these new pieces to life….

Venue: The Boiling House, Beckside, Staithes

Medium: Mixed media art