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 www.whitby-photography.com

Staithes Festival Artists Beginning with H

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John Harrison

Yorkshire born and bred, I have drawn since I can remember. My line and wash style...always a strong drawing with selective colour washes..has evolved from daily sketching, and I always look for a different, dynamic view of familiar places with the inspiration for much of my work coming from with Yorkshire, especially the East Coast.

Venue: Broome Cottage, Mount Pleasant

Medium: Pen and wash

Beverley Ann Hicks

Beverley was born in North Yorkshire. She studied at The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, in 1989 she was awarded a B.A.Hons in Fine Art and won the Bartlett Travel scholarship which enabled her to travel extensively throughout Australia; this culminated in an exhibition of her paintings in London. In 1989 she was awarded a Bursary Grant from the DES, and in 1991 gained an M.A. in Painting/Sculpture from Newcastle University. In 1992 she gained a Northern Arts Awards to Artists. In 1998 she was shortlisted for the Nat West Art Prize and in 2000 she was shortlisted for the Pizza Express Art Prize. She lives in the Yorkshire Dales where she continues to develop her Art practice.

Venue: East View, High Street

Medium: painting

Peter M Hicks

My retrospective is being previewed at The Inspired By Gallery at the Moors Centre Danby on the 16th September; this represents over sixty years in the practise. I studied at Scarborough, Middlesbrough and Leeds colleges of Art in the 50s, and later at Northumbria University for a Masters Degree at the end of a teaching career, 1988-90. I painted from first leaving college but devoted the whole of my time to the practise in my early fifties form 1990. My work now is centred on landscape mostly, as my daughter says: “it is his metaphor for his concern”. I have shown widely throughout Britain, Maclaughren galleries Ayr, Norwich, Hereford, Oxford, throughout the North and in London at Messums. I presently have work with Zillah Bell, Chantry House, and Coast Galleries. Most recent shows: “In Tandem”, Countryside Museum Hawes, with my daughter Beverley, and commemorative show in The Gallery Gateshead.

Venue: East View, High Street

Medium: painting

Michelle Holland

In my book covers I combine the versatility of Clay with the excitement of Beach Found Treasure – seaglass etc, I then bind the papers with a Coptic binding stitch to create journals, I weave the back boards for the books, and I also weave shawls and throws.

Venue: Upstairs at Bethel Chapel, High Street

Medium: Bookbinder and Weaver

Brian Holland

As I work I respond to the clay's ability to reflect and express my physical, tactile and spatial experiences.  Experiences of figures in space, of sea and land, rocks and mountains and the whole gutsy feeling of life. Although I have long had a city based studio I have now moved back into the city to live and the cityscape and the hustle and bustle of people is having an influence on the imagery of my work. Much of my work is wood fired, some is fired in an electric kiln and some in a gas kiln but all is stoneware.

Venue: Upstairs at Bethel Chapel, High Street

Medium: ceramic sculpture

Freya Horsley

With land and seascape as a starting point, I make paintings that focus particularly on changing effects of light and weather. I am fascinated by the fleeting and enigmatic changes which rain, mist, sunlight, cloud bring to the face of the land and the ever-changing, constantly moving nature of the sea. I love to draw outside in the landscape, and take my sketchbooks everywhere I travel. I use a wide variety of materials, such as oil and acrylic paint, wax, collage, spray paints, oil pastels and so on, responding to the sense of the space that emerges from these processes.

Venue: Buttress Cottage, Beckside

Medium: painting

Michael Howley

Born as I was under the shadow of Pendle Hill, landscape has always ‘loomed large’ in my imagination and spoken to my soul. Inspired by landscape or memories of landscape, my paintings are at the same time ‘innerscapes’. The artist in me seeks out connections between the changing moods of the outer world and my inner stirrings of emotion and spirit. I currently work from soulspace art studio in Soughbridge Mill, Kelbrook, where I also run drawing and painting workshops. I always look forward to taking part in the Staithes Art & Heritage Festival and am inspired by the surrounding coastline and its ever changing moods.

Venue: Garden Cottage, High Barras, TS13 5DE

Medium: Atmospheric Painting

Caroline Hudson

Whether working with clay or creating mixed media canvases, texture and colour are essential elements to my Art. I try to evoke a sense of moment and time passed from the places I love to be. The coast is a massive influence, it gives peace and at the same time invigorates me; the changing light, the rock, the elements and the textures of the coast as well as the colours of the sea blending with the sky. The wild Yorkshire Moors also have a natural influence on me. I enjoy the sense of space and feeling of freedom they give.

Venue: Lahney Cottage, High Barrass

Medium: Ceramics & Paintings