Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds

Main Gallery room
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The University art collection now benefits from a large, dedicated space at the heart of the gallery, revitalised in 2008. The Education Room houses the University's collection of drawings and other works on paper; it also offers designated space for private study, research and teaching, relating to both the collections and the exhibition programme. The Special Exhibitions Room provides a generous space for the annual programme of temporary exhibitions.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Mon - 1 - 5pm.
Tues - Sat - 10am - 5pm

Closed: Sun
Holidays

Admission charges

Free

The Collection consists mainly of European, principally British paintings, drawings and prints, dating from the 16th century up to the present day, with small collections of sculpture and photographs. There is also a collection of Yorkshire Pottery, as well as a small group of Chinese and Japanese art works. Since the late 19th century, a number of important gifts and bequests have provided the central core upon which the Art Collection has been built, contributing a variety of genre such as animal painting, seascape, rustic genre, landscape and portrait.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Performing Arts, Photography, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Camden Town Group
  • Bloomsbury Group
  • Gregory Fellows
  • 20th-century British art
  • van Ruysdael
  • Edward Westoby
  • George Morland
  • Jean Baptiste Camille Corot
  • John Singer Sargent
  • Vanessa Bell
  • Roger Fry
  • Charles Ginner
  • Duncan Grant
  • Nina Hamnett
  • Augustus John
  • Edward Wadsworth
  • David Jones
  • Ben Nicholson
  • Matthew Smith
  • Henry Moore
  • Ceri Richards
  • Victor Pasmore
  • Reg Butler
  • Malcolm Drummond
  • Jacob Epstein
  • Terry Frost
  • Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
  • Harold Gilman
  • William Ratcliffe
  • Robert Bevan
  • Spencer Gore
  • Walter Sickert
  • John Hoyland
  • Jacob Kramer
  • Alan Davie
  • David Hockney
  • Eduardo Paolozzi
  • Tess Jaray
  • Bridget Riley
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Photo of Tony Harrison

Facing up to the Muses: Tony Harrison and Theatre

  • 12 March — 16 June 2018 *on now

Tony Harrison is Britain's leading poet-playwright. Over 50 years, he has been responsible for major innovations in theatrical practice. He has translated classical drama for modern day audiences and created site-specific performances.

Theatre is an often overlooked area of Harrison's work. He has worked with key figures in theatre to produce work with his distinctive poetic voice. He has been a writer, director, set designer and occasional clog dancer.

This exhibition uses material from Harrison’s literary archive in Special Collections. Explore Harrison's development through unique images, notebooks and drafts. Track Harrison's progress from his earliest beginnings as part of Leeds University Rag, to triumphs at the National and beyond.

On the 1st June join us for the third annual Sheppard Memorial lecture. The event will celebrate Harrison's work in theatre. It will include readings and performance from Tony himself.

Please note the Gallery is closed for Easter Monday and the May Bank Holidays.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free and open to all.

Website

https://library.leeds.ac.uk/info/1902/exhibitions

Gallery visitors enjoying artworks

Transformation

  • 19 April — 28 July 2018 *on now

From the quiet philanthropy of the Burton Family to the incisive vision of its Keeper, Dr Hilary Diaper, this exhibition celebrates the remarkable efforts to create a public space for the University of Leeds Art Collection.

Track the gallery’s transformation into The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery through key artworks from the University Art Collection. See works by Stanley Spencer, Jacob Epstein, Terry Frost, Atkinson Grimshaw and many others.

Admission

Free, open to all

Website

https://library.leeds.ac.uk/galleries

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Photograph of a participant sketching a life model

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 2 June 2018 2pm

This workshop is open to everyone, from newcomers who want to take up a hobby through to experienced artists looking to hone their sketching skills.

Materials will be supplied but please feel free to bring your own too.

Rob Oldfield has been leading our life drawing classes since August 2014 and everyone is a fan! Rob is a York-based artist, graphic designer, sign-writer, art technician and tutor. He has modelled for life classes for many years as well as teaching life drawing to his students. As a tutor, Rob encourages, advises and listens so please do come along and take advantage of his skills and experience.

Suitable for ages 18 +

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10.50 per person. Please book in advance online: https://bit.ly/2IcZUQC

Dr Hilary Diaper in the Gallery and an installation shot of the Transformation exhibition

Recollecting Collecting

  • 5 June 2018 5:45-7pm

Hilary was responsible for introducing professional standards of collection care and conservation to the Gallery. She made huge progress in cataloguing the collection and growing a successful temporary exhibitions programme. The main space in the current Transformation exhibition pays tribute to her incisive vision and hard work. Hilary played an essential role in helping The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery become what it is today.

Dr Hilary Diaper was Keeper of the University Art Collection and Gallery from 1987 until 2010. Previously she had been Research Assistant in the Department of Fine Art, and has published a number of books and articles on late nineteenth- and twentieth-century art.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free event, booking required

Website

https://recollecting_collecting_talk.eventbrite.co.uk

Austin Wright, Propeller, 1961 © The Estate of Austin Wright. Image Courtesy Bowman Sculpture, London

The Gregory Fellowships Symposium

  • 14 June 2018 12-7:30pm
  • 15 June 2018 10am-6:30pm

This two day symposium brings together scholars, artists and poets to explore the impact of the Gregory Fellowships.

The Gregory Fellowships in the Creative Arts were instituted at the University of Leeds in 1950. They were created under the patronage of Eric Craven Gregory (1888-1959), of printers Percy Lund Humphries.

The Gregory Fellowships Advisory Committee was formed by TS Eliot, Herbert Read, Henry Moore and Professor Bonamy Dobrée. Fellowships were awarded in Painting, Sculpture, Poetry and Music.

Between 1950 and 1980 the Fellowships encouraged significant artistic and literary activity. This activity not only took place at the University, but more widely in the city of Leeds and local region, especially Wakefield.

This symposium is a collaboration between the University of Leeds, the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery. It was conceived in response to this important cultural legacy of the city.

Day one: 14 June 2018, 12–7.30pm. Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds.

Day one of the symposium will focus on the Poetry fellowships. An evening recital of works by Kenneth Leighton, Gregory Fellow in Music, will round off the day.

Day two: 15 June 2018, 10am–6.30pm. Henry Moore Lecture Theatre, Leeds Art Gallery

Day two will focus on the Painting and Sculpture Fellowships.

Tickets

Tickets for each day are £5 per person, or free to students (must bring valid student ID). Tickets include refreshments on both days and lunch on day two. For more information and to book online visit the Henry Moore Institute website.

Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets for each day are £5 per person, or free to students (must bring valid student ID). Tickets include lunch and refreshments. Please visit the Henry Moore Institute website for information on how to book online.

Website

https://www.henry-moore.org/whats-on/2018/06/14/the-gregory-fellowships

Photograph of a workshop participant sketching a life model

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 30 June 2018 2-4pm

This workshop is open to everyone, from newcomers who want to take up a hobby through to experienced artists looking to hone their sketching skills.

Materials will be supplied but please feel free to bring your own too.

Rob Oldfield has been leading our life drawing classes since August 2014 and everyone is a fan! Rob is a York-based artist, graphic designer, sign-writer, art technician and tutor. He has modelled for life classes for many years as well as teaching life drawing to his students. As a tutor, Rob encourages, advises and listens so please do come along and take advantage of his skills and experience.

Suitable for ages 18 +

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10.50 per person. Please book in advance online: https://bit.ly/2Geb3yH

Website

https://bit.ly/2Geb3yH

Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds
Parkinson Building
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS2 9JT
England

Website

www.leeds.ac.uk/gallery

E-mail

gallery@leeds.ac.uk

Telephone

Gallery

0113 343 2778

Office

0113 343 2777

Fax

0113 343 5561

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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