Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

Staithes Festival has established itself as one of the friendliest festivals on the coast – a must-see event in the regional arts calendar.

Festival 2024 is on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September, with preview night 7pm-8.30pm Friday 13 September

Doors of cottages are thrown open as pop-up art galleries in a unique selling exhibition. 

Celebrating the history and heritage of Staithes with a programme of walks, talks, 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 F

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Felty And Fabulous

Brenda Christison (Felty and Fabulous) is a needle-felter from York. Formerly a headteacher, her work explores a renewed appreciation of life after redundancy. A member of Staithes Arts and Crafts and the International Felt-makers Association, much of her work is inspired by the changing seasons of the Yorkshire coast and countryside. Needle-felting onto vintage blankets lends her work a uniqueness in terms of colour, texture and history. Signature pieces include wild landscapes, seascapes and hares, with hand embroidery adding detail. Always a teacher at heart, she promotes this mindful, magical skill by leading workshops and creating kits. Commissions always welcome!

Venue: Corner House, Gun Gutter

Medium: Needlefelting

Alexander Fearn

Alexander Fearn is a Scottish painter living and working in Leeds. He is a self taught artist whose bold compositions are developed through the use of classic and contemporary oil painting techniques on sculpted and textured canvasses. Fearn’s dramatic paintings convey the rugged terrain, ever changing light and weather unique to the Northern British landscape.

Venue: Waverley House, High Street, Staithes

Medium: British Landscape Painter

Kezy Feaster

Kezy’s love of the Yorkshire landscape and passion for experimenting with mixed media collide in her vibrant paintings. She finds inspiration from the higgledy cottages of coastal villages to the tumbling dry stone walls crossing the moors, capturing them in her distinctive quirky style.

Venue: Kindly Light Cottage, Slip Top

Medium: Painting


Fossils collected along the North East Coast and from further afield are available for sale in the Staithes Museum.

Venue: Staithes Museum

Medium: Fossil Collector


I am a textile artist creating personal handstitched and freehand machined 'landscapes' using deconstructing fabrics and 'found' or re-dyed yarns. The work is in layers, of stitch and colour to create surface and texture. Having begun by studying Ceramics, I taught art and design, ceramics, and textiles before leaving to focus on my textile interests- working on events such as the York Mystery Plays and becoming a founder member of the York Textile Artists group. I now produce work for exhibition in and around Yorkshire, and regularly show in the York Open studios. I take commissions, and also host workshops for The Viking Loom and privately.

Venue: Dunroamin, Chapel Yard, TS13 5BS

Medium: Textiles mixed media

Stained Glass, Janet Fraser

Janet is a stained glass artist she works with lead and copper foil, creating bespoke windows as well as smaller items. She also runs workshops in her garden studio at Sleights.

Venue: Barrass House, Barrass square

Medium: Stained Glass

Sue M Frater

Sue works from her studio in the Northeast of England. Painting for many years Sue has exhibited all over the world as well as in the UK. Sue is inspired by the beautiful landscapes and seascapes as well as the flora and fauna of the area. Using a variety of media from Acrylic , Gouache and Caran dache she creates texture depth and warmth to her work. Sue paints from the heart and captures this in her beautifully observed paintings.

Venue: N0. 4 Fisherman's Cottage Cow Bar Bank (Old Jacks Cottage)

Medium: Paintings