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 S

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Inkylinky By Liz Samways

Liz is a Leeds-based jeweller and printmaker, using traditional techniques to create wearable jewellery pieces and pictures in etched silver, copper and other metals. Colour is added using patination recipes, enamels, sepia, varnishes and collage. Designs are inspired by the landscape as seen through the train window, aerial views & maps and by Liz’s garden design training. Jewellery and printmaking inspire each other through markmaking, layering and combining chemical processes so life is never dull!

Venue: 3 Beckside

Medium: Jewellery Prints & Cards


I am a glass artist and potter originally from Essex but relocated to Middlesbrough in 2018. My main medium is glass with which I make hand crafted unique pieces at affordable prices. Most of my work is inspired by the natural beauty of the local world around me.

Venue: St Peters Crafts Centre, 7 Church Street Staithes TS13 5BD

Medium: Lampworker

Nadja Schütt

A maker for many years I create all sorts of things. I am hugely inspired by years of travel and my love for the natural world. I love bold colours and texture. Working with textiles I create dolls and other creatures, using print, crochet and also embroidery. I use string and natural and / or recycled materials to make macrame wall and plant hangings and colourful and upbeat jewellery. things I make are made to last and it is important to me to have a minimal impact on the environment. My creations are colourful and uplifting appeal to adults and youngsters alike.

Venue: Fishermans Store, Beckhside

Medium: macrame, textiles, print

Prints, Salty Sea

Emily, the face behind Salty Sea Prints is a Whitby native and lover of the cold North Sea. Emily's work reflects her passion for the coastline, the sea and the creatures who lurk beneath. Working mainly in lino prints, these original pieces are all unique, ink is mixed in small batches and each piece lovingly hand pressed. New for 2024, Emily has launched a range of ceramics which compliment her prints; each piece hand glazed in the same recognisable style and palette.

Venue: Barras House, Barras Square TS13 5DF

Medium: Printmaker

Handmade Walking Sticks, Mike Sharrocks

Handmade walking sticks made locally using woods such as Hazel, Blackthorn, and Holly.

Venue: Staithes Museum

Medium: Handmade Walking Sticks

Rob Shaw

Full time artist and former full time resident of Staithes

Venue: The Curious Crab Barrass Square

Medium: Oil Painter

Kate Smith

Kate is a North Yorkshire artist residing in the harbour town of Whitby. Living on the coast has influenced her work immensely and she takes a particular interest in it’s marine life and the craftsman built boats that populate its rugged seascape. Working most often on a large scale in oils, Kate applies paint with a palette knife in a bold contemporary colour palette. 

Venue: Ardbank, Elliot’s Yard, Staithes, TS135BJ

Medium: Oil painting

Alison Spaven

I started needle felting 10 years ago and have continued to develop my skills and explore the medium ever since. The free-standing pieces I created at the beginning have given way to sculptural pictures, and the intense focus on the animal subject matter has widened into placing them into a contextual landscape. My passion is now my way of earning a living, and you will usually find me and my work in my gallery and artists studio in Malton. I am a founder member of York Textile Artists, with whom I have exhibited across Yorkshire and the North East

Venue: Dunroamin, Chapel Yard TS13 5BS

Medium: Needle felting

Dawn Stockbridge

Dawn Stockbridge is an emerging artist from Richmond North Yorkshire. Formerly an Art Educator with a fine art degree from Bretton Hall College. Her work is inspired by nature, capturing momentary observations of evocative space and wildlife. At times her images delve into storytelling, myth and the magical. This eclectic studio collection includes Charcoal drawings, earth pigment painting, works in ink and Acrylic. Many pieces showcase natural / eco materials and non-toxic products. This is an exhibition of contrasts - from the small and direct to the large and dramatic. Drawings and paintings which explore and celebrate relationship with the natural world.

Venue: The Anchorage, High Street.

Medium: Drawing and painting

Andrew G Storrie

Andrew was born in Middlesbrough and has lived in Yorkshire all his life. He draws a great deal of inspiration for his paintings from the Dales, Wold villages and Farms throughout the changing seasons. Andrew studied art at Bradford college. Elected a member of the 'British Watercolour Society' and twice selected a prize winner by the Dalesman magazine for the artist whose paintings best reflect the Dales way of life. Andrew now spends his time running his own watercolour classes and exhibiting around the East Yorkshire region.

Venue: Wades cabin

Medium: Waterclour