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 S

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Inkylinky By Liz Samways

Liz is a Yorkshire-based jeweller, enameller and printmaker, working in etched, engraved & enamelled silver and copper along with other metals as the inspiration takes her. Sterling silver is combined with copper and brass, textured, etched and engraved. In addition, on some pieces, layers of vitreous enamels are used in a painterly way to add elements of colour. Her work is inspired by the English landscape, her printmaking practice, and training as a garden designer. Her design process is fairly spontaneous, responding to the combination & properties of the materials she uses, and she does love a happy accident!

Venue: 3 Beckside

Medium: Silver Etched Jewellery

Jacs Schiendorfer

Born in Aberdeen, I have lived in Lancashire, London, South West Scotland, Austria and Yorkshire. I completed an applied arts degree in ceramics and textiles at Carlisle University. Since moving to Whitby eighteen months ago I have concentrated on oil painting. I love the to depict the activities of the friendly people and the amazing light on the east coast and Moors.

Venue: 2 Brown's Terrace

Medium: Oil Painting

Rob Shaw

Venue: Love Divine, Wesleyan Chapel

Medium: Painting

Trish Shaw

Trish is a paper cut artist who uses silhouette paper and a small scalpel to hand cut her images. Cutting away both negative and positive pieces of paper to leave an intricate design that often has a hidden images inside, making the viewer look closer at each piece of art work. Celtic design and symbols are a big influence in her work.

Venue: High Winds, Chapel Yard

Medium: Hand Cut Paper


Venue: Brooklyn House, Browns Terrace

Medium: Painting and graphic work

Michelle Smith

Michelle has completed a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art at Kingston - upon - Thames University . Michelles work is inspired by the natural world and the dramatic and beautiful North-Eastern and Dorset coastlines, still life and vibrant silk textiles. Through the use of coloured pencils and oil paints ethereal images are created.

Venue: Trig Point, Staithes Lane

Medium: Painting, Pencil Drawings

Kate Smith

After gaining a fine art degree and a PGCE I went on to teach in secondary education until moving to Whitby in 2000. Having taken time out to have a family, I continued to tutor art with local adult groups, finally returning to painting for myself in 2016. Predominantly working in oils and acrylics, my exaggerated use of colour and thick layers of paint, help to build up light and texture. With a preference for a palette knife, and inspired by the local scenery and sea-life, I seek to capture something atmospheric and bold in my work.

Venue: 2 Browns Terrace, Staithes.

Medium: Painting

Rosemary Stacey

I’m a young artist starting out after gaining my degree in Illustration and Concept Art. I’m especially honoured to have been chosen as the first person to be awarded the Staithes Festival's bursary, as I have aspergers and this has given me a wonderful boost in confidence. Currently I’m working mostly on pet portraits. I especially enjoy working on images of horses and dogs using traditional media as well as a little sculpting. In the future I would love to expand the range of illustrations I do to things such as illustrating children's books to help bring the stories to life.

Venue: Bethel, High St [12]

Medium: Tradional Media, Paint

The Seaside Stitcher

Staithes resident who has been interested in creative crafts all her life, exhibiting patchwork quilts, cushions, wall hangings and Christmas decorations.

Venue: 18 Cowbar Cottages, Staithes

Medium: Fabric

Lucy Storrs

I grew up on a hill farm on Dartmoor and spent the days roaming the moors. My work is still very influenced by my wild upbringing. I use wool as my prefered medium for its unique vibrancy and texture that it offers. I spend a lot of time up on the Yorkshire coast where my partner's family is from. I love the wide open space and skies and it influences my work a lot. I exhibit regularly around the country and my work is held in collections both in the UK and internationally.

Venue: Glaisdale Cottage, High Street

Medium: Wool paintings

Emma Stothard

Emma Stothard is an internationally recognised sculptor in wire and willow. Her work can be found in gardens, galleries and private homes from Raymond Blanc's Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, Alton Towers to Highgrove where Prince Charles dog Tigga was created as a thank you for her loan from the Prince's Trust that started her career. This year she has produced a mighty Craven Heifer for the Great Yorkshire Show and in a reference to global warming and the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's final voyage to the Arctic, Emma is creating for the festival a life-size Polar Bear. You will find it on the southern breakwater along with smaller pieces around the village. If you would like to commission Emma, see some of her smaller works or just have a chat with her she will be exhibiting at Seaview garage on the Staithe Venue

Venue: Seaview Garage, The Staithe

Medium: Sculptor

Stephen Stott

Stephen Stott was born in Middlesbrough, England in 1974. Stephen works with oil on canvas or wood panel and he completed a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art at Teesside University in 2007.          Stephen’s vibrant painted works have evolved through his interest in identity. His desire to develop that ‘sense of place’ through his painting emanates from using bold and expressive colour to evoke memory and ultimately, identity.   In addition to his studio work, Stephen teaches drawing and painting in local schools.                                                  He lives and works in Stockton-On-Tees, England.

Venue: Seahaven, Barrass Square

Medium: Painting