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 has developed this process to print onto plaster. She continues her passion of sea and landscape paintings on gold metal leaf and is now creating abstract pieces on horizons using sheet metal and plaster. She uses her rust printed fabric to make silk scarves and designer 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 Venue 14

Medium: Painting, Print-making, Textiles

Jacqueline Warrington

Having trained for 7 years with a renowned jewellery designer and at both Bradford and Sheffield Art Schools, Jacqueline has been working as a jeweller and silversmith designing and making her own range of precious metal jewels and silverware for 34 years. She uses precious metals and stones and often works to commission making everything from engagement rings to communion chalices! Traditional techniques and tools are used in her fully equipped workshop where courses in jewellery making are also run.

Venue: Pennysteel Cottage, Venue 36

Medium: Jewellery and Silverware

Emma Welsh

Emma is a professional, bench trained jeweller with 10 years experience in the trade. Her collections are inspired by nature. Each piece is individually hand-made using traditional techniques. Emma also completes bespoke commissions, repairs and re-modelling of existing jewellery into new designs. Emma offers jewellery making classes, and wedding ring workshops in her studio at Rogues Atelier in York.

Venue: Wesley Cottage, Beckside Venue 14

Medium: Traditional Jeweller

David Whitlock

For a school assignment, Hannah my great niece wished to do a Design/Technology project. With Staithes Art Festival imminent, and with a little help, she constructed an assembly of multi coloured pendulums showing that Engineering + Science = Art. The amazing technicolour creation will leave viewers mesmerised by the continually evolving pattern of shape and colour demonstrating a whole new Art Form.

Venue: Industrial Estate near Gateway Centre Venue blue 7 (commercial business)

Medium: Kinetic Art


Bridget is a full time painter and mixed media artist. She lives on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park in the seaside town of Whitby. 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 - 3 Barrass Square Venue 48

Medium: painting, mixed media

Sue Willmington

A costume designer for over 40 years including major opera houses worldwide. I have a special interest in drawing and painting especially portraiture.

Venue: Bethal Chapel, High Street Venue 8

Medium: Drawing and painting.

Lucy Wilson

I live and work in Staithes painting views of the village on wooden boards, capturing its different moods throughout the year. I also do scenes on stones, that often tell a story, as well as animals and flowers, suitably priced to buy for children or as a gift. This year I have come out of St. Peter's craft Centre and am concentrating on larger works which can be seen in Staithes gallery. Commissions taken for paintings and house signs, examples of which can be seen around the village.

Venue: Eastcliffe, Seaton garth Venue 63

Medium: Paintings and stones

Sarah Wilson

I live in Staithes spending hours combing local beaches, pathways, charity shops and skips for driftwood, shells, timber, wire and twine. I enjoy the serendipity of seeing what I’ll find, waiting for the right use for each treasure. Using natural and salvaged materials help lighten my environmental footprint. As well as large driftwood mirrors, hearts, cork & chalk boards, and anniversary boats, I make a range of smaller items ideal for gifts including dream catchers, spinners and a flotilla of small boats. I will be exhibiting at Ocean View on the seafront, and the Arts & Crafts Centre, Church Street.

Venue: Ocean View, The Staithe, Seaton Garth Venue 64

Medium: Driftwood designs

Joanne Wishart

Inspired by the British 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. Visit York House to find her paintings, prints, greetings cards, coasters, mugs, tea towels and cushions.

Venue: York House, Mount Pleasant Venue 51

Medium: Paintings, Deckchairs, Collage

Carmel Woods

Venue: Alma Cottage, High Street Venue 75

Medium: Fused & Slumped Glass

Di Wright

After gaining a BA Hons degree at Bretton Hall in Surface Pattern Design I then spent many years in the retail and Interior Design sector, but after retiring I returned to my passion of painting, my inspiration for many years has been Staithes, where I visit to paint plein- air and also take reference photographs to use back in my studio. I am currently working on a new collection of animal paintings using acrylics, I find switching from various media and subjects helps to keep my creative ideas rolling forwards.

Venue: Safe Harbour Cottage, High Street Venue 76

Medium: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour