Village still draws in artists after centuries of inspiration

Wooden driftwood fish at Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 2017. Saturday 9 September. w173502d Picture: Ceri Oakes
Wooden driftwood fish at Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 2017. Saturday 9 September. w173502d Picture: Ceri Oakes

Centuries of art in Staithes was celebrated at the weekend as more than 150 artists transformed homes, garages and even garden sheds into pop-up galleries.

The sixth Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage saw 157 artists exhibit work in 98 different venues across the village. The fishing village is well known for the Northern Impressionists’ who gathered in the area to paint in the Victorian era, but the connection between art and the scenic village goes back even further. Al Milnes, the owner of Staithes Gallery and co-chairman of the festival committee, said: “We are very much aware of the connection Staithes has with art, which goes back a long time even before the Staithes artists.

Emma green's elephants are lit up pink at Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 2017. Saturday 9 September. w173502b Picture: Ceri Oakes

Emma green's elephants are lit up pink at Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 2017. Saturday 9 September. w173502b Picture: Ceri Oakes

“George Weatherill, who was known as the Turner of the north, was here in the early 1800s.

“The village has always had an appeal to artists and it continues to draw them here today. Now, the festival sees artists on site where they are exhibiting, which is particularly good for those who are just starting out as they’re able to get immediate feedback on their work, and sell it too.”

Sea themed yarn characters at Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 2017. Saturday 9 September. w173501y Picture: Ceri Oakes

Sea themed yarn characters at Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 2017. Saturday 9 September. w173501y Picture: Ceri Oakes