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 www.whitby-photography.com

Staithes Festival Artists Beginning with M

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Mixed Media Artist, Jane Marsden

I work in mixed media, combining clay, paint, collage, print making and stitch, each combination inspired by the subject. I love creating sculptural artworks and art bowls in clay, evocative of mythology and storytelling, and often influenced by the sea. Other pieces are a collaboration of collage and paint techniques to portray or suggest the natural world, and the elements within it particularly plants, woodland and ancient forests. I am currently working on natural tree lamps with eco printed or cyanotype shades. I work from my home studio in beautiful Filey.

Venue: The Cottage, High Street, Staithes

Medium: Mixed Media

Photography, Rachel Marsh

A local photographer that works with analogue and alternative photographic techniques.

Venue: Bethal Chapel, Staithes High Street

Medium: Alternative Photographer

Ginny McDermott

I’m a Peak District artist painting atmospheric and emotive landscapes and town scenes in oil or acrylic. I love the idea that when you buy art, you become the curator of your own exhibition, so I aim to create covetable pieces that waken a desire to own them. I sell regularly from my website, Facebook page and through the Northern Exposure Gallery in Cheshire. I also collaborate with six other artists as part of the Northern Girls, exhibiting twice a year at the Clonterbrook Gallery. In 2023, I exhibited and sold at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London.

Venue: The Bethel

Medium: Painter

James McGairy

James has worked as an artist in Guisborough, North East England, since 1991. James uses paint in response to this region’s visual splendour, creating paintings that celebrate our landscape. There is a certain northern light that is very subtle, James aims to express this feeling, by conjuring with paint, to convey a sense of place. His work is collected internationally, he has previously won prizes and was a contestant on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2015 and 2016. James also teaches painting with regular workshops and demonstrations.

Venue: York House High Barrass Staithes Saltburn By The Sea Yorkshire TS13 5DE United Kingdom

Medium: Landscape painting

Feral Metal

Feral Metal is home of upcycled metal sculpture and bespoke lighting. All pieces are hand crafted by Brett James, based on the edge of the North York Moors and the Yorkshire coast, his sculptures are often influenced by nature and organic in form. Unique in design Brett’s work is represented by galleries and high profile exhibitions around the north of England.

Venue: Ling Cottage, Beckstones Yard.

Medium: Upcycled metal sculpture

Eve Monk

Being from Whitby, I have a connection to all things local and a deep love for the beach and sea. I started collecting/crafting with sea glass a few years ago. My husband encouraged and supported me to start selling my work; custom pictures, keep sake cards, decorations and sentimental jewellery. I have successfully completed a silversmithing course to learn how to handcraft beautiful, bespoke pieces. I love that my work is in touch with local nature allowing people to keep their own piece of Whitby. Providing a range of stunning colours, packed with the local history of the sea.

Venue: 59 Staithes Lane

Medium: SeaGlass Jewellery/Art

Charlotte Morrison

Charlotte is a ceramicist from the Yorkshire Dales, who hand-builds 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 most recent work is the work on ‘Collections’, where her ceramics reflect collected object from walks & natural specimens.

Venue: Greystones

Medium: Ceramicist