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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

Triumph of Art over Adversity!

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!

Staithes Evening by Richard Barnes

Staithes Evening

Tide and Time by Richard Barnes

Tide and Time

Yorkshire Moors by Richard Barnes

Yorkshire Moors

Not one but TWO great new exhibitions!

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

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!)

Beck Mouth, Staithes w
Beck Mouth, Staithes by Rob Shaw

York 2 wOuse Bridge from Queen’s Staithe, York by Rob Shaw


Nice article about us in the Whitby Gazette …

Happy 10th Birthday to us!

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.

Springtime in Staithes by Rob Shaw

Springtime in Staithes

New paintings by David Curtis ROI RSMA – in the gallery now!

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!

Fine November Morning, Staithes by David Curtis

Fine November Morning, Staithes

Glancing Light from the Nab, Staithes by David Curtis

Glancing Light from the Nab, Staithes

Ian Burke’s series of abstract ‘Boro’ collages

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.

Boro Harbour by Ian Burke

Boro Harbour

Redcar Boro by Ian Burke

Redcar Boro

Staithes Boro by Ian Burke

Staithes Boro

New paintings by Sue Atkinson in the gallery now!

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

The Bait-digger’s Children by Sue Atkinson

Book now for Lisa@theGallery Autumn 2015!

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!


Al and Lisa

Al and Lisa welcome you to Lisa@theGallery