Visitors flock to unique event

Artist Kay Ford captures a scene
Artist Kay Ford captures a scene

The third Staithes Art and Heritage Festival attracted visitors from around the country to the historic fishing village.

Over 130 artists exhibited at 90 locations around Staithes during what has been described as the busiest festival yet.

Al Milnes, of Staithes Art Gallery, said: “The weekend was a great success, there was a lovely atmosphere, the sun shone and I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback.

“It certainly felt busier than in previous years, there were old faces that I’ve seen here before and also lots of new visitors.”

One of the more unusual exhibits at the event saw pieces of art work displayed in a coal bunker in Chapel Yard.

This year’s festival also featured a programme of talks about one of the village’s most famous inhabitants, Captain James Cook by BBC and History Channel presenter Vanessa Collingridge.

Lealholm artist Ian Burke, who is head of art at the prestigious Eton College, exhibited a series of works entitled ‘Lobsters, Witchposts and the Full English’ in Staithes’ old Wesleyan Chapel.

A trail around the village named the Trompe L’Oeil by Paul Czainski, a variety of workshops including one focussing on the uses of the iPad and Staithes artist Maggie Bede’s display of English rag dolls were among some of the other highlights of the event.