When York artist Richard Barnes returned to his studio after spending Christmas 2015 in Australia, he found it under 3 feet of water after the Boxing Day floods. So he de-camped to Staithes and spent the rest of the winter painting here while his York studio dried out. The result is this series of beautiful paintings capturing the village in winter at dusk, with the lights coming on in the cottages and reflected in the water. Come and see the paintings in the gallery now!
RESILIENCE at Staithes Gallery and THE NORTH REMASTERED at According to McGee in York.
Rob Shaw’s long-awaited exhibition RESILIENCE is coming to Staithes Gallery soon …. with special guest artist Richard Barnes. Spectacular new paintings by one of our most popular artists will be on show in the gallery from Saturday 28th May.
Rob has been working from time to time in recent years alongside the much-loved York artist Richard Barnes and they have painted together in both York and Staithes. We’ll be curating this exhibition in collaboration with our friends Ails and Greg McGee from the wonderful York gallery: According to McGee.
Some of Richard’s paintings will be on show in Staithes and some of Rob’s will form part of THE NORTH REMASTERED at According to McGee http://accordingtomcgee.com/exhibitions/
These are two of the most exciting artists currently working in the north and we’re thrilled to able to show their work together.
The Private View at According to McGee will be on Thursday evening 26th May 2016.
The Staithes Gallery opening will be on Friday 27th from 7.00pm.
Please contact the gallery if you’d like an invitation to either (or both!)
We’re celebrating all this week as Staithes Gallery reaches the grand old age of 10! There might be some wine and it might have some bubbles in it! We’ve got wonderful work on show by all our gallery regulars. Huge thanks to Staithes for being so beautiful in so many different ways that artists love to paint it. Thanks too to the wonderful artists who come and make such fabulous and varied work here. And thanks to everyone who comes in to feast their eyes on it all! Staithes artist Rob Shaw has been with us from the beginning and visitors have been able to chart the changes and developments in his deeply heartfelt paintings of the village. As part of our celebrations we’ve hung pictures from different phases during his last ten years of painting … it’s fascinating to see them again! I specially love the beautiful, colourful Springtime in Staithes.
We have some wonderful new paintings in the gallery just now by the great master of figurative landscape painting, David Curtis. The Whitby Gazette has published a lovely article about them this week too. You can read it online at
Come and see them if you can!
It was a happy accident that led Ian Burke to an exhibition of ‘Boro’ textiles a couple of years ago. He thought it had something to do with his beloved Middlesbrough football team! Actually ‘Boro’ (meaning ‘ragged’) refers to the Japanese peasant tradition of recycling fabrics using indigo dyes, patchwork, weaving and embroidery. Ian was fascinated by their simple beauty. The completed textiles are themselves happy accidents, dictated by the nature and condition of the materials available rather than the maker’s design. He responded to the exhibition by experimenting with his own ‘Boro’ collages, using oil paint and print-making as well as textiles and incorporating shapes that will be recognisable to anyone familiar with his work. Propellers, cobles, tractors, lobsters are all discernible (if in abstract form) in these stunning canvases.
Sue Atkinson spends as much time as she possibly can at her cottage at Runswick Bay watching the children playing on the beach, fishermen digging for bait, Cleveland Way walkers plodding across the sand and recording them in these joyful paintings of beach life. She dropped in last week and brought a new batch of delightful paintings. Do call in and see them if you can!
The Bait-digger’s Children by Sue Atkinson
Lisa@theGallery Dining Event for Autumn 2015:
Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October
The holidays are over and we’re all back at work with just our memories and a few pics on our phones to remind us of the carefree days of summer …. but don’t despair! Autumn brings compensations aplenty, not least in the wonderful abundance of delicious food treats available among the mists and mellow fruitfulness. Lisa has prepared a fantastic menu making the absolute most of them for our forthcoming Autumn 2015 Lisa@theGallery dining event. Contact the gallery for a sneak preview – or to book your place at the table on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Much excitement now in Staithes as we get ready for our 4th annual Festival of Arts and Heritage. We’ve got lots of treats lined up for you as you can discover on the Festival website www.staithesfestival.com
The gallery will be filled to the brim with delights from all our regular artists while our artist and Eton’s Drawing Master Ian Burke will be putting on a fabulous new show, Flotsam and Jetsam, in the Sunday School Gallery in the old Wesleyan Chapel on Beckside. The show will feature some of his old favourite themes (there WILL be Lobsters!) plus some new surprises. Come along in the evening on Friday 11th September for a preview and a glass of wine. The exhibition will continue throughout the weekend and be open for viewing throughout September and early October.
Told you there’d be lobsters!
Ian will also be offering two print-making workshops during the Festival. Click here for more information and contact the gallery if you’d like to book … but hurry as places are limited.
Summer days drifting away … to … uh … oh … those summer nights …
Come and celebrate a lovely, long, light summer evening with us here at Staithes Gallery. Our favourite chef Lisa is putting together a fabulous seasonal, locally sourced menu for us and we have some beautiful art for you to come and view. All it needs now is a glass of something chilled and tasty … and some cracking company – YOU!
If you’ve never been to one of our Lisa@theGallery seasonal dining events before you’re missing a treat. Do try and come along on Friday 3rd or Saturday 4th July. If you’ve been before you know we’d love to welcome you to Staithes again.
Lisa’s mouthwatering fresh summer menu costs just £39.50 per head for three courses including pre-dinner drinks and coffee. There will be a selection of delicious wines available for you to buy to accompany your meal.
COAST OF MANY COLOURS – stunning exhibition of 27 new works by Mark Sofilas coming to Staithes Gallery soon!
This new show opens on Friday 1st May. It’s an absolute must-see. Mark is from Australia and has given an exotic flavour of the southern hemisphere to these brilliant land and seascapes of his adopted Yorkshire home. Hot pinks, citrus lemons, tangerines and limes, dazzling blues …. the gallery is going to be a riot of colour. I can’t wait to start hanging! Contact the gallery you’d like an invitation to the Private View. The exhibition continues until 14th June.
Great excitement here in Staithes! The sun’s finally burnt through the mist and is making us all feel as mad as March hares.
One of the most fantastic joys of spring though must surely be our forthcoming Lisa@theGallery Spring Menu Dining Event which takes place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th April. Refreshed, full of vigour and keen to get back to her chopping board, our favourite chef Lisa is putting a fabulous menu together as all the lovely tastes of spring come into season.
All you need to do is book your place at the table.
T: 01947 841840 or 07972 012464
Looking forward to seeing you!