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

Information for Artists

Registration: Please read our Terms and Conditions for participating artists and pop-up cafes so that you are fully aware of what’s involved in taking part the the Staithes Festival.

Galleries: Anyone may of course exhibit in their own home if they live in Staithes. Permanent Staithes residents and students in full-time education are  exempt from the registration fee, but they should nevertheless register to be included in the Festival brochure and pay 10% commission on their taking.

Part time residents and non-residents artists must pay the registration fee of £250 but commission on sales is no longer required.  Artists from elsewhere are welcome to make their own arrangements to secure a venue for the duration of the Festival. The organisers can no longer offer to find venues for artists. Please remember that renting, or borrowing a venue is a private arrangement between the artist and the venue owner. 

The majority of ‘galleries’ will be in cottages and houses in the village and space may be limited. We ask that you make allowances for the nature of the village and the exhibition spaces that are still people’s homes.

Home owners who provide space in their house for a visiting artist usually do so free of charge. The Festival respectfully suggests the artist may wish to offer a payment or a gift as a way of thanking them for their generosity. 

Opening Times: It is expected that galleries will be open on the Friday evening from 7pm-8.30pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am–5.30pm  on each day with no lunch closure. Galleries are welcome to stay open longer if they wish.

Artists and venue owners are expected to arrange between them who will be on hand to man their show.

Hanging and Display: All artwork must be delivered, framed and ready to hang at your nominated venue in good time for the preview evening.

It is the artist’s responsibility to agree with the venue, how the work will be displayed and this must be discussed in advance. Some owners may not wish to have holes put in their walls so other ways of display should be agreed with the owner.  Equipment for hanging is the responsibility of the artist. Access to the premises should also be arranged between artists and venue if owners are not in residence.

Each work should be clearly labelled on the back with the name and address of the owner. A hanging label (like a luggage tag) on the front should show the title, price and artists name. Please ensure this is visible when hung.

Sale of Artwork: On payment to the artist of cash or cheque, buyers can take the work away at any time. Their cheques should be made payable to the artist.

Customers wanting to purchase artwork using a debit or credit card can use the Festival's credit card facility charged at 5%. The transaction can be made at the Treasurers Office and details of how to do this will be included in the artists pack on arrival. 

Student and Staithes resident artists must agree to donate 10% of the sale price to the Festival, this should be by BACS payment or a cheque made payable to the ‘Staithes Festival’ and either delivered to  the Festival Treasurer at the end of the Festival or posted to him.

Unsold work must be collected at the end of the Festival. The Festival cannot take responsibility for uncollected work.

Commission: Visiting artists are no longer required to pay commission. This has been replaced by a one off registration fee of £250. Staithes residents and full time students who do not pay the registration fee, should declare their sales and submit 10% of their takings to the Festival. 

Insurance: Artists are responsible for insuring their own work. Public liability insurance will cover the event as a whole but it will not cover the contents of a venue.  If something gets broken in the property this will be the responsibility of the venue owner. Artists should arrange their own public liability insurance. There is more about insurance in our FAQs.

Open Evening: Friday 11th September 2020 from 7pm-8.30pm: The open evening on Friday is when we launch the Festival. It is an important event as it starts off  the Festival in a convivial way.  Artists and property owners are encouraged to send out invitations to clients friends, relatives, patrons and neighbours. If they wish to provide food and drink, so much the better, but there is no obligation. Artists please arrange your evening in conjunction with the property owner.