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Friday, 6 May 2016

Staithes gets ready to demonstrate the art of a good festival

Art and heritage lovers will be making a beeline for Staithes this autumn.

Strike a light .. there'll be an attempt to create the biggest
glowstick installation in the world at Staithes.
The historic fishing village is preparing to throw open the doors of its quaint and quirky cottages and welcome visitors to its fifth Festival of Arts and Heritage from 10-11 September.

More than 100 artists will exhibit their paintings, prints, sculpture, jewellery, glass and crafts for sale in pop-up galleries all around the village.

Musicians will be providing the entertainment in and around the alleys and ginnels including a performance of songs of the sea from the Men of Staithes.

Artist and Eton drawing master
Ian Burke leads a workshop
Another highlight of the programme will be an  after-dark outdoor cinema show featuring images and film footage of the village’s rich past with live piano accompaniment.

On the beach, visitors can light artist Mick Stephenson create the biggest and best glow stick installation in the world. Industrial sculptor Andy Shaw’s fire basket installations will include a flame-breathing fire dragon. The light generated will throw spectacular shadows onto the cliffs of dinosaurs created by sculptor Emma Stothard. 

Among the key speakers this year is James Hart who will talk about how he came by, researched and edited the The Secret Staithes Diary, an intriguing 1901 Staithes holiday diary of twenty-year-old Enid Robinson.

Plenty of art on sale.
Other talks focus on the Staithes Group of Artists, fossil hunting, the botany of the local coast, and the search for the missing matter of the universe at nearby Boulby Mine.

This year’s heritage exhibition is on the Railway Years at Staithes when it had the tallest viaduct in the North of England, with a talk by expert Dr Michael Williams.  Local historian Bill Hinchley will lead walks through the secret history of the old smuggling village.

The weekend will also feature workshops including a class with Teesside artist and Eton drawing master Ian Burke whose own work will also be on show during the weekend.

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