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 A

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Rex Aldred

Replicating the Natural World with a touch of 'art' for the delight of others from clay, wood, metal or paint is something I have been doing for some time now. Self taught and always prepared to accept guidance from the more experienced, the 'subject' cannot be exhausted and there is never enough time!'

Venue: Cod & Lobster Courtyard 69

Medium: Craftsman Artist

Ali Appleby

I am a Yorkshire based printmaker, designing and hand screen printing pieces with an illustrative, drawn quality, paying attention to colour, line and shape. My products range from greetings cards, limited edition prints, cushions, lampshades, zip bags, tea-towels and upholstered furniture. Taking inspiration from fashion, people, interior design, patterns and everyday objects, my current collection has grown to include imagery such as chairs, stacks of books, shoes, birds, plants and patterns with a 1950’s feel.

Venue: Akenside, Off Barrass Square

Medium: Printmaker

Kevin France Enamel Art

Having worked in dentistry for almost forty years, what was once a hobby has now developed into a small business. Kevin tends to work along themes; however each piece stands on its own merits. The enamel panels are inspired by wild windswept places, skylines, silhouettes, reflections and the Great British weather, in fact anything and everything that catches my eye. Enamelling as a media is so wonderful yet frustrating you never know the outcome of a piece of work until it fully cools, thus creating totally original pieces of art.

Venue: Trig Point

Medium: Enamel Wall Art

Wild Grey Art

Sarah McKenzie creates pieces of wall art and free standing work by hand forming wire into shapes representing seed heads, abstract flowers, beach huts, oyster catchers and other nature derived forms. She makes all her frames and the texture behind the wirework adds another element to the overall picture. She is influenced by nature and the seaside. Her work can be found in various galleries and her Etsy shop and she is happy to take private commissions.

Venue: 5 Cowbar Cottages, Cowbar

Medium: Handformed wire art

Diane Todd Wildlife Artist

Having lived and worked in the North York Moors National Park for over 30 years, Diane draws much inspiration from the beauty of nature that surrounds us. As a wildlife artist, she strives to capture the aesthetic beauty of all things ‘feather & fur’, and hopes to evoke an emotional response that reconnects the viewer back to nature. Her chosen medium is pastels, but she is just as comfortable painting with acrylics as she is painting with oils, and occasionally experiments with mixed media. 
Diane paints from photographs and is accepting commissions for pets and horses. Facebook: /diane.todd.9615 Website:

Venue: Trig Point, Staithes Lane

Medium: Wildlife Artist

Jay Graham Artist

I guess Jay is best known for his detailed depictions of animals and birds, whether these are his large murals and canvasses or his intricate paper illustrations which take him many hours to complete. His work is often built up of layers of ‘tag’ style lettering only noticeable on closer inspection, whilst also revealing his background within urban art. Jay finds his inspiration within nature and urban settings, the beauty , the ugliness, the textures and patterns which he brings together as a whole or isolates against bold backgrounds to speak for themselves. Jay, under the alias ‘dAUb’, takes part in numerous urban / street art festivals around the country as well as more traditional art events.

Venue: Venus Cottage, High Street

Medium: Visual Arts

Jessica Langford Applied Artist

Jessica is a Teesside based Applied Artist who has a passion for bold wearable art. Her tactile pieces express style, show personal identity and demand attention. She explores new weird and wonderful ways of using classic materials such as sterling silver and ceramic. She is constantly inspired by everything around her and enjoys creating pieces which celebrate unappreciated beauty. Her most recent collections are based on Staithes rock formations signifying the strong generations in a family after her grandparents met there in 1948, modern technology representing a journey through lines and shapes and the closure of Teesside Steelworks.

Venue: Sunnyside, High Barass

Medium: Silver Jewellery, Glass

Lucy Addison Applied Artist

Lucy Addison Applied Artist specialises in sterling silver jewellery. She works from her studio in Teesside, making personalised silver jewellery commissions, collections of silver jewellery and batch collections of slip cast porcelain pieces. Lucy's silver collection is inspired by lettering and meaningful quotes which become sentimental to the recipient. Lucy's most recent collection 'DERELICT' draws inspiration from abandoned and derelict buildings. The shape and structure of the buildings inspired the form of the jewellery pieces. Resin is used within the collection to emphasise the block shapes created by rooms which are still visible on the sides of partly demolished buildings.

Venue: Sunnyside, High Barass 61

Medium: Silver jewellery, ceramics

Suzanne's Artscape

Since childhood Suzanne has always had a passion to create and paint, however after leaving school at 16 she decided to work in customer services, and spent her spare time painting over many years as a hobby. Around four years ago Suzanne decided to take the plunge and became a full-time artist, which allowed her to develop her skills with her favourite medium watercolour. Suzanne now successfully exhibits regularly around Yorkshire, and is selected for numerous art trails, and art fairs. Suzanne has also contributed to the Leisure Painting Magazine. Suzanne’s work can be viewed on her website

Venue: Crow's Nest, 9 Cowbar Bank

Medium: Seascape,landscape artist

Meg Ashley

I am a ceramic artist and painter working with the coast and moors as backdrop and inspiration for my work. Sometimes literal, sometimes humorous, always full of colour and texture to capture the essence of subject and surroundings. My most recent work include imprint vessels, vases and boats, tiles and larger pieces in porcelain stoneware as well as affordable trinkets suitable for the gift shop market. My paintings are acrylic on canvas and portray local landmarks and vistas. I exhibit and supply galleries and retail outlets in the North East.

Venue: Blue Porch Cottage, 2 Beckside Staithes

Medium: Ceramics and Painting