Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

Staithes Festival has established itself as one of the friendliest festival on the coast – a must-go-to event in the regional arts calendar.

During the weekend some 100+ cottages in the village become temporary art galleries in a unique selling exhibition. Staithes heritage is also celebrated in fossils, fishing, historic 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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Jo Walton

Jo creates rust prints on paper and silk, and more recently has developed this process to print onto plaster. She paints her sea and landscape paintings on gold and silver leaf. Her artworks have an essence of Japanese simplicity. She uses her rust printed fabric to upholster chairs and foot-stalls, and make silk scarves and clothes. Jo studied fine art at Bradford University, and Upholstery at Leeds Art College. Her work spans across these genres. She has a professional career in both. She works from her studio Rogues Atelier on Fossgate in the centre of York.

Venue: Wesley Cottage, Beckside

Medium: Painting, Print-making, Textiles

Jacqueline Warrington

After first working for a renowned jewellery designer then studying at Sheffield School of Art, Jacqueline set up in business designing and making her own range of jewellery and silverware. 34 years on she is still as excited by working with precious metals and stones and continues to create bespoke jewels for a discerning eye, the magical qualities of the materials are an inspiration in themselves. Working from her fully equipped workshop using traditional techniques and tools, each piece is carefully designed and individually made. Private commissions are undertaken and classes are run from the workshop.

Venue: Pennysteel, Boathouse Yard

Medium: Jewellery and Silverware

Philip Watts

Designer Philip Watts is most famous for award winning commercial interior design for hotels, restaurants and bars as well as a range of furniture and products thats been selling round the world for 25 years.

Venue: Cliffcrest, (up the alley nr Cobbles)

Medium: Photography - Seagull Selfies

Emma Welsh

Emma is a bench trained jeweller with a passion for her craft, Emma was trained in York by a local jeweller and has been working in the trade for 10 years. Emma has been a resident artist at Rogues Atelier in York since 2015. Her current collection is inspired by a love of beach walks and fossil hunting. Each piece is individually hand-made using traditional techniques. Emma also completes bespoke commissions, repairs and re-modelling of existing jewellery into new designs, and offers tuition at her studio in York town center.

Venue: Wesley Cottage, Beckside

Medium: Traditional Jeweller

Rowena Whitehouse

I studied fine art at the university of Hull, and textile art and sculpture at Barnsley college, where my passion for sculpture and textiles grew and grew. I now combine my love of animals and my need to create, through the media of fibres. I am constantly driven and exploring the unending diversity of the art of felting. This method allows me the scope to blend my two passions together, and dive further into the world of art and textiles.

Venue: Thistle-Do-Nicely, Darlington Terrace

Medium: Fibre, Sculpture, Textile

John Wilby

Gaining second in a primary school art competition encouraged me to continue and complete an O'Level in art in 1982. After a 15 year diversion into elite sport I began to reexamine my creativity undertaking a variety of courses and workshops in Yorkshire and abroad in South-West France and in Peralta, Italy with Fiore de Henriquez. Subjects have included life drawing, portraits and landscapes and through these the application of a variety of media. Other workshops include creative welding, stone carving, wood working. sculpture and upholstery. My festival exhibition is inspired by the skies I observe walking my borzoi dogs.

Venue: Lyne Garth, Church Street

Medium: Painting, woodworking, upcycling

Bridget Wilkinson

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 likes to walk the beaches and 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, Barrass Square

Medium: Painting/Mixed Media

Sue Willmington

I am a costume designer, for over 40 years I have had a successful career worldwide deigning costume for Opera, Musicals, Theatre and Dance. I design costumes for all periods, whatever the production requires and my job is to serve the production from start to finish, fabrics, costumes, shoes, hats, wigs and make up. It is a long process and can take more than a year to conceive a show. Doing the costume designs are my way of exploring the characters in the production, I draw and paint to produce an image that will describe the look for the director, cast, management and costumiers.

Venue: Bethel, High St

Medium: Costume Design

Sarah Wilson

I make things out of driftwood and found objects

Venue: Ocean View, The Staithe

Medium: Driftwood mirrors and boats

Joanne Wishart

Inspired by the Britains coastal landscape Joanne aims to capture and celebrate all that is great about our coastline in her colourful paintings. Joanne works with a variety of materials including acrylic paints, maps, driftwood and textiles.

Venue: York House, Mount Pleasant

Medium: Paintings, Deckchairs.

Barbara Wood

Hand built decorative and sculptural ceramics finished with a variety of techniques, each with an element of unpredictability! Porcelain vases feature impressed plants and seeds, enhanced with crystalline glazes reflecting a Yorkshire hedgerow. Coiled and burnished organic forms are saggar fired, coloured by salts and oxides infused by fire.

Venue: Corner Cottage, Beckside

Medium: Hand Built Ceramics

Mad About Wool

Born in Denmark, and learnt to knit at the age of 4. Since then I have always had some knitting on the go. I love working with wool, whether it is knitting, felting, sewing with fabulous tweeds or weaving to made useful, decorative creations. I especially love creating my pre loved chairs, covering them with knitting, there will be a couple of new ones for the festival.

Venue: Ruby House, High Street

Medium: Textile Artist

Diane Wright

I am an Artist working with acrylics, watercolours, mixed media, I have a degree in Surface Pattern Design, much of my work is inspired by Staithes and the surrounding coastline, and I am fortunate enough to be able to spend a great deal of my time visiting Staithes and taking many photographs for inspiration and I use these for reference back in my studio at home......I am constantly exploring new techniques for use in my paintings and I like to use a different perspective when I can.....

Venue: Thistle-Do-Nicely, Broom Hill

Medium: Paintings in Mixed Media

The Crafty Wytch

I create a mixture of 2 and 3D work in wool, alpaca and silk, using mainly needle felting techniques, but also wet felting. I take my inspiration from the wildlife I see daily in the fields surrounding my home studio.

Venue: Benjamin's Cottage, Staithes Lane

Medium: Needle Felting