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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

I Must Down to Steers Again – new show from Sue Nichol

Sue Nichol catalogue cover

We’re starting to get very excited about our fantastic forthcoming show of paintings by Sue Nichol.  Sue has been a popular artist at Staithes Gallery since we opened twelve years ago.  Her first solo exhibition here has been long-awaited.  A sneak preview of the catalogue tells me the wait has not been in vain.  There are some stunning pieces in this show.  It opens on Saturday 26th May … so not much longer to wait now!

Win a fabulous painting of Staithes by Sue Nichol

We are immensely grateful to our artist Sue Nichol who has kindly donated this beautiful painting for a raffle in aid of St Peter’s Centre restoration fund. St Peter’s Church and Centre is an important building for both visitors and residents in Staithes. It functions as a church, a community meeting place and a craft centre where local people are able to display and sell their work. Unfortunately it is in need of considerable repair work if it is to continue to provide Staithes with this valuable resource so we are all doing our bit to try to raise the necessary funds. Sue’s painting can be won for the price of a £1 ticket which can be bought from the gallery in person – or we can sell tickets by post. Contact the gallery for details.

Staithes Beck and Yellow Van by Sue Nichol

Staithes Beck and Yellow Van

Moor Stories by Ian Scott Massie

Staithes, Evening by Ian Scott Massie

Staithes, Evening

Paintings and Prints by Ian Scott Massie with an accompanying book:

The North York Moors is a varied landscape of hill, dale, coast and moorland. Its a glacial landscape whose character shines out in a hard winter, when vast stretches of wind-drifted snow are broken only by the few tiny roads that connect the dales and run down to the sea. In summer the brilliant purple of heather, the lush bursts of bilberry bushes and the enormous skies reveal somewhere altogether different. It is hardly surprising that so many artists are drawn to capture this wonderful, intriguing place made up of the disparate elements of wilderness and cosiness. This is also a landscape of stories. Saints and soldiers, smugglers and pilgrims, thieves and industrialists have all had their moments in the sun here. This exhibition is inspired by a selection of this rich harvest of tales, the history, folklore and legend that overlays this land like a tapestry. Ian Scott Massie has picked stories that have reached out to him as an artist and used them to create pictures that reflect some particular aspect of each place. The stories themselves are gathered together in a book which accompanies the exhibition.

Click here to see the paintings and prints in this exhibition.

Young Ralph Cross by Ian Scott Massie

Young Ralph Cross

Fabulous new paintings by Susan Isaac

Susan Isaac called into the gallery the other day and dropped off five stunning new paintings of Staithes.  They are really worth seeing in the flesh if you can call into the gallery.  Click here for a preview.  The Whitby Gazette have written a great article about them – click here to read it.

Staithes Beck & Footbridge by Susan Isaac

Staithes Beck & Footbridge by Susan Isaac

SWAN SONG – new exhibition curated by Ian Burke

Looking West by Pine Feroda

Looking West – (woodcut print) by Pine Feroda

Our next exhibition at Staithes Gallery is something really special.  Swan Song has been curated by Ian Burke to mark his retirement from Eton College where he has held the post of Master of the Drawing Schools for the last 16 years.

The exhibition brings together the artists he has invited to work in the school as Artists in Residence, inspiring students, staff and Ian himself throughout his career.

So there’s a lot of excitement in the air as we prepare to welcome Royal Academicians as well as members of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers to the village.  Concentrating for the most part on printmaking, drawing and works on paper, Ian has put together an all-star catalogue. Many of these artists are seldom shown in the North-East of England so bringing them to Staithes provides a rare opportunity for local art-lovers to see them.

For some of the artists it has provided an opportunity too. The collaborative printmaking group Pine Feroda, based in the South-West of England, travelled to Staithes earlier this year to create a new print “Looking West” based on drawings made from Staithes beach. The resulting print will be on show at the exhibition.

SWAN SONG will open at Staithes Gallery on Sunday 22nd October and continue until Saturday 4th November 2017.

Staithes Festival 2017 – new Ian Burke show: Watch with Mother

Audrey with Uncle Tommy and WinnieWe are all eagerly awaiting Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 2017.  Not only because the village will be full of fabulous guest artists showing their work in cottages and other buildings up the hill and down, but also because our very own Ian Burke has created a whole new exhibition: Watch with Mother, a series of wonderful paintings and woodblock prints celebrating his childhood in Redcar in the 1960’s.  In many ways this is Ian’s own personal record but there is much there for us all to identify with: family relationships seen through all-seeing, but not entirely understanding, eyes; and the characters, real, fictitious and imaginary, that populate, on an equal and non-discriminatory footing, the child’s world.  If you’d like an invitation to the Private View on Friday 8th September 2017 at 7pm in the Sunday School (Wesleyan Chapel, Staithes), please contact the gallery.  Otherwise the work will be on show throughout the Festival on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.  After that you can still see the work by appointment.

Ian is also giving a workshop during the Festival: Drawing Portraits from Archive Photography: on Saturday 9th September at 2pm and Sunday 10th September at 11am.  

Contact the gallery to book.

See for further details of Ian’s show and workshop and other wonderful Festival events!


Happy Birthday Lee!

Longstanding friend of Staithes Gallery, Lee Holmes, is 40 this year!  Hard to believe!  It only seems like yesterday when he and his lovely wife Helen tied the knot.  On that occasion they chose a fabulous Rob Shaw painting from the gallery for friends and family to help them buy as a wedding present. The painting now holds pride of place in their home.

Click here for a reminder.

Lee has decided he’d like to do something similar for his 40th.  This time he’s chosen Daffodil Wreath I by Ian Burke.  If any friends or family would like to make a contribution to help Lee buy the painting for his birthday please contact the gallery.

Daffodil Wreath I by Ian Burke

Daffodil Wreath I

New work by Staithes artist Lucy Wilson

Delighted to have four exquisite new paintings by Staithes artist Lucy Wilson in the gallery now.  The Whitby Gazette have done a lovely piece about her too:

Sauntering in Staithes by Lucy Wilson

Sauntering in Staithes by Lucy Wilson


Richard Dack RSMA – Literally floating our boats …

Lovely article in the Whitby Gazette this week (9th December 2016) about our artist Richard Dack RSMA.  He’s a wonderful artist with a great love of traditional local fishing boats.  He is using his art to contribute to their restoration.

Faded Glory - Odin at Port Mulgrave by Richard Dack

Faded Glory – Odin at Port Mulgrave