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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

Coming soon: Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage: Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September 2014

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

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.

Lobster print by Ian Burke

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.


Book Now: Lisa@theGallery Summer Dining Event – 3rd and 4th July 2015

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.

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Coast of Many Colours: stunning new paintings by Mark Sofilas

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.

Another Sandsend Sunset

Another Sandsend Sunset

Round the Bay

Round the Bay

Coal Fire

Coal Fire

Whitby Stroll

Whitby Stroll

Springtime! Dinnertime!

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!

Still Life Vegetables

Still Life Vegetables

Tulips and wine

Tulips and wine

Lisa at the Sunday School, Staithes Gallery

Lisa at the Sunday School, Staithes Gallery

New Website


If you visit this website on a fairly regular basis you’ll have noticed that it hasn’t been updated in a while. Apologies for this. We’ve been working on the website over the last few months with a view to making it easier and quicker to update. You shouldn’t notice any great differences but should see it kept more up to date from now on. Huge thanks to the excellent Helen Bell for helping with this and for de-mystifying the whole process.

In the meantime we have also set up a gallery Facebook page. If you’d like to follow us on Facebook just click on the link and Like our page:

Looking forward to keeping you better informed about what we’re up to in the future!

Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 2014

We’re all getting very excited here in Staithes in anticipation of our third, most fabulous and best ever Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage. Much loved artist and Eton’s 13th Drawing Master, Ian Burke has been working all year on paintings for his colourful new show Lobsters, Witchposts and the Full English. The exhibition will be held in our beautiful new gallery space The Sunday School in the old Wesleyan Chapel on Beckside. Our favourite chef Lisa Chapman will be cooking up treats in a pop-up cafe there too during the Festival weekend. We’re keeping Ian busy as well. He’ll be tutoring a couple of workshops in Experimental Watercolour during the weekend too. Contact the gallery for more info or if you’d like to come along to one of the workshops and learn interesting ways of using watercolours from a very inspiring teacher. Early booking is recommended. For more information about the Festival have a look at … and come along on Sat 13th and Sun 14th September.

Ian Burke - Full English

BOOK NOW FOR Lisa@theGallery SUMMER 2014 – Friday 4th & Saturday 5th July

Long light evenings to linger over a perfectly chilled glass of something lovely. Great company, beautiful art, fabulous food. Book now. It’s going to be wonderful!



An exhibition of paintings by members of the ROYAL SOCIETY OF MARINE ARTISTS


The Great Tea Race of 1866 – Ariel and Taeping racing up-Channel by Geoff Hunt PPRSMA (oils)

It ‘s one of our favourite treats to travel down to London every autumn to see the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. It’s a fabulous show: a celebration of the sea in all its aspects, viewed through the eyes of some of the most accomplished artists in the country. We are delighted therefore to welcome the RSMA here to Staithes with this exhibition, CELEBRATING THE SEA, and to share that experience with our friends and visitors here.


Evening on the Thames by Alan Runagall RSMA

The exhibition opens on Saturday 5th April and runs till Sunday 27th. (Normal gallery opening times: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 10am-5pm). Please come along and enjoy these views of the sea in all its moods and conditions: from harbours, ships, sailing boats, beaches and jetties. We promise you won’t get wet!

CONGRATULATIONS to Catherine and Kevin on their forthcoming wedding!

Catherine Johnson, along with her parents Steve and Lou, is a regular visitor to and friend of the gallery. She is to be married to Kevin Leighton at St Hilda’s church, Hinderwell on 28th June 2014 and we wish them every happiness. They want for nothing and have asked for no presents but it seems some of their friends and family are determined to give them something they can keep to remember their wedding. Catherine and Kevin would love to choose a painting from the gallery – perhaps something that would remind Catherine of home – Steve and Lou have a beautiful collection of paintings by Rob Shaw, including some of his earliest works. If you would like to contribute to their painting as a gift please contact the gallery.