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

Exhibiting at the Staithes Festival

The Staithes Festival is an 'open' festival. There is no selection panel, anyone may apply. The houses and cottages that make up the temporary ‘galleries’ during the  Festival are either let or loaned by villagers or holiday cottage owners. There are a finite number of houses available and we do not have any substantial public buildings available.

Finding a Venue: Since its inception in 2012, the Festival has been oversubscribed. In the early years of the Festival we were able to place artists who could not find a venue themselves. As the Festival has grown and developed more and more artists have found their own venue. The organisers welcome this and from 2020 we will no longer be able to offer to find venues for artists. Artists  should  find their own venue, either by exhibiting in their own home, borrowing/renting from friends or renting one of the many commercial holiday lets in the village (providing the owners have given their permission). We do not hold a list of all the properties available as this changes from year to year. If you go to the Accommodation pages, you will see a list of holiday lets who may be willing to let their cottage for the Festival. 

Contacting your host: Once you have a venue and you have registered, it is up to you the artist, to make contact with your host if applicable and to agree with them to view the property if necessary, how and where you will hang or display your work, your arrival and departure etc.

Registration: Registration opens on 1st January and closes on 31st April 2022. Please register in good time. Anyone applying after the closing date will incur a late entry fee of £50. 

Prior to the Festival: We will write to  you a month before the Festival with further information about setting up, preview evening etc.

A Festival Office (a gazebo) will be set up on the weekend outside Staithes Gallery. This is where you will collect your Artists Pack which will contain all the necessary paperwork and information for exhibitors, balloons and feedback forms.

Fee: The registration fee is 2020 to £250 but there will no longer be a requirement to pay commission on sales. Students in full-time education and full time Staithes residents can take part at no charge. They should pay  10% commission on their takings.