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Open again! Hooray!

I’m delighted to announce that we’ve now re-opened and it’s back to business as usual at Staithes Gallery.  We’re open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm.   Other times can usually also be arranged by appointment.  Our artists have all been very busy during lockdown and we have lots of beautiful new work for you to come and look at.  Looking forward to seeing you all again!

Here’s a new oil painting from David Curtis.  I absolutely love this – light just bounces off it!

Sharp Light and Still Water by David Curtis ROI RSMA

Sharp Light and Still Water by David Curtis ROI RSMA

Win a woodblock print by Ian Burke and support Whitby Lobster Hatchery

Win this superb artwork by Ian Burke and help support the Whitby Lobster Hatchery project:

Ian Burke has donated this fabulous woodblock print Blue Hummer to raffle in support of the Whitby Lobster Hatchery project. 

The ambitious project aims to protect and promote the town’s rich fishing heritage, rejuvenating the old Fish Market on Pier Road to create a lobster hatchery and exhibition centre. The team will collaborate with the local fishing fleet to collect lobsters bearing eggs, which will then be hatched and grown before being released.  This will increase their survival rate and replenish stocks, in turn protecting the fishing heritage of the town and the livelihoods of fishermen.  The project aims to release 100,000 juvenile lobsters a year.  In addition, the exhibition centre aspires to educate the public about lobsters and the industry as well as providing opportunities for research.

Ian Burke is a well-known painter and printmaker who has lived in the area for most of his life. “The project is very close to my heart,” he says.  “Lobsters are beautiful, intriguing, almost prehistoric creatures that have always fascinated me and provide ample subject matter for my work.”  He’s one of our most popular artists at Staithes Gallery and his exhibitions and workshops at Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage are a huge attraction for visitors.  He is also a regular exhibitor in the Royal Academy and has been a very popular Master of the Drawing Schools at Eton College for many years.

To support this inspiring local cause and for the chance to be the lucky winner of Blue Hummer go to

Blue Hummer by Ian Burke

Blue Hummer by Ian Burke

Staithes Staying Strong ….

Sadly and for obvious reasons Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage had to be cancelled this year but some of us are keeping the faith and continuing to celebrate the village and the art it inspires despite these uncertain times.  It was lovely to see Derbyshire artist Kelly Herrick, who was disappointed not to be able to exhibit at her first ever SFAH, turn up and put on a show anyway.  She also wrote a lovely piece about for Painters Online: Staithes Staying Strong as a Haven for Artists.  

To cheer us all up … just look at this beautiful new painting: Phosphorescent Prawn by Rob Shaw!

Phosphorescent Prawn by Rob Shaw

Phosphorescent Prawn

Lovely new paintings from Sue Nichol

One of our favourite artists, Sue Nichol, has been staying in the village this week, largely painting en plain air … and having a lot of fun with it.  She also brought some beautiful new paintings to the gallery, including this lovely work: Turneresque Skies.  I think she’d have made JMW quite proud!

Turneresque Skies by Sue Nichol

Turneresque Skies by Sue Nichol


New work from Staithes own artists: Lucy Wilson and Rob Shaw

We’ve got some lovely new paintings from two of our favourite artists frequently to be found in the village.  You can always spot them because they’re usually spattered with paint!

You can see the new work on each of their pages on this website: Rob Shaw and Lucy Wilson.

Here are a couple of images to tempt you:  just beautiful!

Reflections of Staithes by Rob Shaw

Reflections of Staithes by Rob Shaw

Sunny Reflections, Staithes by Lucy Wilson

Sunny Reflections, Staithes by Lucy Wilson

Living the Vida Lockdown No Longer … or not quite ….

From this week we are allowed to re-open.  In the first instance we’re going about this cautiously and welcoming browsers by appointment.  So if you’d like to visit the gallery please get in touch and we can arrange a mutually convenient time.  To whet your appetite here is an absolutely beautiful painting by David Curtis which is currently in our window.  Those ripples in the water are actually moving, I swear!

Fishing Boats, Morning, Whitby Harbour by David Curtis ROI RSMA

Fishing Boats, Morning, Whitby Harbour

Some good news ….!

We’re Gallery of the Month in Coast Magazine!

Coast Magazine - Gallery of the Month

Living La Vida Lockdown!

We’d like to wish all our visitors, neighbours and friends, artists, collectors, browsers, art-lovers, Staithes-lovers – everyone – all the very best at this difficult and anxious time for us all.  The gallery is closed for now of course but we’ve not been idle and for the first time for ages this website is now up to date and all of the work currently hanging in the gallery is represented here.  Please get in touch if there is anything that interests you or if you’d like to ask about any of our artists or artworks.

We have also updated our subscription to the OwnArt scheme so that it can be accessed remotely by our clients.  This means you can opt to pay for your art purchase over 10 months interest-free.  Do contact us if you think you might be interested in using the scheme.

We hope it won’t be long before you are able to come and browse the gallery again.  Meanwhile … take a look at these beautiful new paintings by Rob Shaw and Ian Burke …..

Silent Night, Staithes by Rob Shaw

Silent Night, Staithes by Rob Shaw

Owls in Springtime, Stonegate by Ian Burke

Owls in Springtime, Stonegate by Ian Burke


Wedding Bells in Staithes!

Congratulations to Tim and Ingrid!

We are delighted to hear that our friends and neighbours Tim Hurford and Ingrid Semanikova are getting married on 13th June 2020.  Tim and Ingrid have lived in Staithes for many years and are regular visitors to the gallery, lingering especially over Rob Shaw’s evocative paintings of our beautiful coastline.  They spotted this lovely monochrome painting, Storm over Whitby Harbour, during Staithes Festival last year and would love to have it as a way of commemorating their marriage.  Friends and family who wish to buy them a gift can call into the gallery or contact us by phone or email to make a contribution.

Storm over Whitby Harbour by Rob Shaw

Storm over Whitby Harbour by Rob Shaw

Festival Time!

Time has flown by and now it seems we’re hurtling towards Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 2019!  We’ve got loads of treats in store.  Last year I think everyone enjoyed our lovely new exhibition spaces in the beautiful newly converted Wesleyan Chapel.  Well here we go again! Ian Burke’s show Hanging it out to Dry with some superb installations featuring cut-out fish, lobsters and crabs will take place in the Sunday School, while Rob Shaw has been working all year on a brand new series of simply stunning paintings which will be on show in Love Divine on the top floor of the chapel.  You could just hang out in these two beautiful exhibitions all weekend, we know, but there’s so much else to see as well.  And don’t forget the Gallery itself where we have some wonderful work from some of our favourite artists plus some new ones to delight you too.

Hanging it out to Dry by Ian Burke (1)

Hanging it out to Dry (installation) by Ian Burke

Moonlit Harbour, Staithes (1)

Moonlit Harbour, Staithes (oil painting) by Rob Shaw

Path by Rob Shaw (1)

Path (oil painting) by Rob Shaw

Staithes Festival 2018

It’s that time of year again!  Only five more sleeps till Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 2018!  We’re getting very excited as it looks as if it’s going to be another fantastic festival.  Do call into the gallery to see work by all our regular artists.  Ian Burke will be exhibiting his newest work: Figure Tableaux from Life in the Sunday School, Wesleyan Chapel.  Rob Shaw has also been working on some new paintings and these will be on display in Love Divine – upstairs in the Chapel.  Don’t miss either of these fantastic exhibitions by two of our most popular artists.  Ian will also be leading workshops in Expressive Portrait Drawing on both the Saturday and the Sunday of the Festival.  Contact the gallery if you’d like to book a place.

Whitsun Wedding by Ian Burke

Whitsun Weddings by Ian Burke

Incoming Tide, Staithes by Rob Shaw

Incoming Tide, Staithes by Rob Shaw

I Must Down to Steers Again by Sue Nichol

Sue Nichol’s exhibition of astonishingly beautiful new paintings opens on Saturday 25th May.  There’s a lovely write-up in the Whitby Gazette.  Click here to  read all about it.  Click here to see a selection of the new work on show.

Sea Swell, Sandsend by Sue Nichol

Sea Swell, Sandsend by Sue Nichol