Art in Staithes
Staithes has long been a magnet for artists. In the late 19th century a group that including Laura Johnson (later Dame Laura Knight), Harold Knight, Joseph Bagshawe and others came to Staithes to paint and became known as the Staithes Group of Artists, a highly significant artists’ colony.
In the same spirit, art continues in Staithes today. T.B. & R. Jordan, leading experts in the Staithes Group exhibit regularly in the village and will be exhibiting again in the Staithes Memorial Hall during the Festival.
The Staithes Gallery and the associated Sunday School Gallery, provides a showcase for contemporary art inspired by Staithes and the surrounding area. The newly opened Slipway Studio@Staithes provides 18 square metres of well-lit hanging space for artists to hire and exhibit their work. Craft at Cleveland Corner sells yarns and craft items and runs regular workshops. The Staithes Studios Gallery is the latest addition to the village, selling a range of contemporary fine art and crafts and regular art workshops. Stalwart of the village Terry Lawson sadly died recently but his distinctive photographs are a unique record of Staithes in all seasons.
Staithes Arts and Crafts Centre at St Peter’s Centre on Church Street stages a selling exhibition (Easter to October) for local artists and crafts people and then there are any number of painters, sculptures, ceramicists, photographers, textile and glass artists who live, work or are inspired by this very special village.
Below is a list of artists who are full-time residents in the village, some of whom are taking part in the Festival:
Hand made teddy bears
Sally and John Capes
Books and old prints
Lindsay & Richard Wood