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

Glenn Kilpatrick

Emma Stothard

In 2015 sculptor Emma Stothard created two magnificent lobsters made of hand woven wire for the  Festival. They stood proudly on the northern breakwater and the beach, washed by the tide. In hidden corners of the village she also placed a full size horse, hare and labrador and at the entrance to the village at the top, a what she named the lobster quadrille.

We were delighted to welcome Emma to the Festival for the first time. 

About Emma

Emma is from East Yorkshire and now lives in Whitby wih husband chef Rob Green. She takes her inspiration for the local landscape, her travels and British wildlife.

She taught at Whitby College where she began working as a sculptor and in 2001 with a grant from the Prince's Trust, began created lifesize sculptures of animals and birds made from willow and more recently from bronze and sterling silver wire.

Last year Emma worked on a major public commission in bronze of the extinct 'straight tusked elephant and calf' to be sighted in Kent. Between exhibitions, she undertake commissions ranging from labradors to thoroughbred mares and foals.

Her work is also found in Prince Charles'  Orchard Lawn, Highgrove, Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and William & Son, Mayfair.