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

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Fiona works from home in the Yorkshire Dales creating beautiful pictures from wool fibres and soapy water. Each piece is her own 'rose-tinted' view of the British countryside and it's glorious wildlife. Her work is purchased and commissioned by lovely customers from as far afield as New Zealand and Australia to Canada and the US. Invitations to teach in Australia, exhibit in Hong Kong and present on a TV craft channel have followed along with features in national and international craft publications. More of her work can be found on Pinterest and social media under the name Marmaladerose.

Venue: Anchorlea, High Street, Staithes, TS13 5BQ

Medium: Hand Felted Wool

Mike Marshall

Mike works with natural locally sourced fossils & Whitby jet, sculpturing and polishing the fossils into natural pieces of art, the fossils that he collects are also used in the process of producing hand crafted pieces of Whitby Jet Jewellery. In recent years photography has become part of Mike's life, photographing the landscape and the wildlife that he encounters on the Yorkshire Coast.

Venue: Newholme, High Street

Medium: Fossils Jewellery Photography

Gay Massender

Gay is an accomplished glass artist in the field of lampwork (the art of melting glass in a flame to create glass beads). She uses her unique handmade beads to create statement jewellery. Often inspired by nature, her latest works explore the landscapes of the Yorkshire Coast. Gay has exhibited and taught internationally.

Venue: 4 Highdale Road

Medium: Glass jewellery

Guy Masterman

Guy has a sports background and as such is interested in form, movement and balance. He uses metal, wood and concrete to create sculptures that sometimes deceive the eye with an abstract approach. He also produces lamps and tables as one off pieces which can be client bespoke.

Venue: Pelican, High Street

Medium: Sculpture

Carol Messham

Artist working with watercolour creating paintings inspired by nature and the countryside. Also work with polymer clay to create a range of 3D work including pictures, jewellery and gifts

Venue: Glencoe, Church Street

Medium: Watercolours & Polymerclay


The Milnes family have been collecting pictures for over three decades. This exhibition offers visitors a chance to view and purchase a selection of the fascinating work they have collected. Paintings, prints and drawings by 20th century artists, some formally trained as well as "outsider" artists.

Venue: Kindly Light, Wesleyan Chapel

Medium: Twentieth Century Art

Charlotte Morrison

Charlotte is a ceramicist from the Yorkshire Dales, who hand-building her individual ceramics. She uses porcelain clay to create both functional & decorative items, which are decorated using underglazes, oxides & various glazes. Her work reflects the past in some form; as she has a fascination in researching times past. She has two main bodies of work; her ‘Map Collection’ which her ceramics through form & symbolic inspired decoration, echo ancient roads, places & the surrounding Yorkshire landscape. Her other & most recent work is the work on ‘Collections’, where her ceramics reflect collected object from walks & natural specimens.

Venue: Graystones, High Street

Medium: Ceramics

Graham Mortimer

A year spent living in Rome as a postgraduate student, Graham developed a fascination for things Italian.......buildings, landscape, culture etc. My sketches, both line and watercolour, ensure that I look carefully at my surroundings, especially those that interest and impress me. They are a record in time of the places I have experienced and ensure that I understand and appreciate what I am surrounded by and find myself looking at......especially in both the North East of England and Italy.

Venue: Gun Gutter House, Gun Gutter

Medium: Pen, pencil, watercolour.

Eric Moss

Each piece is an individual standing in isolation, but can be placed with others to produce myriad appealing compositions. My investigations into intriguing geometries, iteration and arrays, juxtaposition and interactive, combinant sculpture is a constant source of delight, inspiration and discovery. My 'Ceramicano' brings the courageous viewer into the creative process, further expanding the flexibility of expression.

Venue: Kittiwake Cottage, Cowbar Cottages

Medium: Sculptural ceramics

Chris Moss

I make life-size sculptures of wild and domestic birds and animals from a mixture of new and used metal mesh and wire. Movement and anatomy interest me. Based in North Yorkshire, i work to private commission, exhibit around the UK and run workshops.

Venue: Kittiwake Cottage, Cowbar

Medium: Sculpture