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 V

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Katie Ventress

Artist Blacksmith, Katie Ventress has created a piece of her blacksmith artwork especially for the Festival which will be erected down by the harbour. Born in North Yorkshire, Katie studied 3D Contemporary Craft at York College followed by a four year apprenticeship at Godbold Blacksmiths at Egton where she learned modern fabrication skills. A great deal of burns and blisters later, she set up as an Artist Blacksmith in her own right. ‘It is not glamorous or easy work, in fact its hot, sweaty and dirty, but the final products you can create are a direct result of your physical efforts and imagination, making it all worth while’. Come along to hear Katie talk about her inspiration for the piece and her career as an artist blacksmith.

Venue: The Beach

Medium: Blacksmith Artists

Clothylde Vergnes

Clothylde lives and paints in North Yorkshire and exhibits in local galleries. Her paintings are personal and stylised interpretations, inspired conceptually by Paul Klee's notion of "taking a line for a walk", and in practise by her experience of stained glass design, whereby colours are contained by defined boundaries. Her work focuses on landscapes between Whitby and Loftus, whether the open and empty stretches of moors or the crowded semi-symbiotic relationship of cottages and sea on the coast. Her oil paintings evolve from quick outdoor sketches and elaborated in her studio. This year she has also been painting miniatures.

Venue: 4a Northside, Cowbar

Medium: Landscape Painter