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.

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Opening hours

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

Closed: Sun

Admission charges


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.
György Gordon, Self Portrait with Window I, 1991-92, oil on canvas

György Gordon (1924-2005) A retrospective

  • 19 October 2016 — 25 February 2017 *on now

Sixty years since the violence of the Hungarian Uprising in 1956, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery explores the life and work of Hungarian-born painter György Gordon. Gordon settled in Wakefield after escaping as a refugee from Hungary during Autumn 1956. The exhibition will include paintings and drawings spanning the 1950s-1990s reflecting on Gordon's life and artistic journey, from his experience as a refugee to later work exploring isolation, alienation, and old age.

György Gordon (b. 1924), gained his diploma in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest in 1953, however he soon fled his native country following the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. After a failed attempt to take refuge in America, and a short period in London, Gordon moved to Wakefield and took up post as Lecturer at the College of Art in 1964 where he taught for over 20 years. Calm and gentle in person, it was in his art that Gordon expressed the dramatic personal and political turmoil he experienced.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Image: Sarah Bodman, Flowers in Hotel Rooms Volume II,2005,inkjet and screenprint.Photography by Melissa Olen

Future Legacies: Collections, Collecting and Artists’ Books

  • 11 February — 10 June 2017

11 February - 10 June 2017

In 2007 artists and academics John McDowall and Chris Taylor curated an extensive exhibition of artists' books within the original University of Leeds Gallery, bringing together historical material, selected contemporary artists' books and commissioned works. Loaned from major collections throughout the UK the display examined collections of books as gathered together in libraries, and artists' books which are in themselves a collection, comprising of inventories, accumulations and typologies.

Since then, the Brotherton Library has purchased and received donations of a substantial number of artists' books, together with significant examples retrieved from the general shelves such as Ed Ruscha's Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles. Many of these works have been acquired from artists participating in the International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, an event also curated by McDowall and Taylor, held annually in the Parkinson Court from 2007-2013 before relocating to The Tetley centre for contemporary art and learning.

The selection of works exhibited here explores thematic, visual and other formal relationships between books produced centuries ago and some of the contemporary artists' books. These juxtapositions illustrate how artists and writers over the years have employed the book in their quest to record and present their experiences, connecting subject areas through format, image and text. This display is just a very small sample of the extraordinary collection of books and artists' books available to view in Special Collections for our pleasure or research.

Curated in collaboration with Rhiannon Lawrence-Francis, Collections & Engagement Manager, Collections & Engagement Manager, Rare Books & Maps, in the Brotherton Library, this exhibition is one of a number of projects across the city as part of PAGES: Future Potentials / Future Legacies, 2 February -11 June 2017.

The 20th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair will take place at The Tetley, 4-5 March 2017.

A symposium, 'Future Legacies: collections and collecting artists' books', will be held in the Sheppard Room on Thursday 27 April 2017.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free and open to all.

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.
Workshop participant sketching a life model

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 4 February 2017 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 16 +

Please note there is a £10 charge for this workshop.

To book your place, please visit our online booking system:

For further information please contact the Gallery by email: or telephone: (0113) 343 2778

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£10. Please book in advance online.

Image: Image: György Gordon, Woman with Chair (detail), 1980-1, oil on canvas, (c) The Estate of the Artist

Talk - György Gordon : A Hungarian Artist in Britain

  • 15 February 2017 6-7pm

In this lecture James Hamilton will celebrate the life and work of his friend the painter György Gordon (1924-2005) who came to Britain as a refugee in 1957, and dedicated his life to the teaching and practice of painting and drawing in Yorkshire.

Gordon's Hungarian background formed the foundation of his art. The lecture will explore these roots, and touch on the influences he received in Hungary, and in Britain from some of his fellow Hungarians who were also forced to flee their country.

Throughout his life, Gordon wove the unique art training he received in Budapest, and the intense suffering he witnessed there, into an art that is at once personal and universal. Over his final decades, the 1980s and 1990s, Gordon's art flowered into a new lyricism powered by his full acceptance of the events that drove the passions of his youth.

Dr James Hamilton was Keeper of Art at Wakefield City Art Gallery 1974-76, Keeper of the Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, 1976-84, and director of the Yorkshire Contemporary Art Group, 1984-89. He was University Curator at the University of Birmingham from 1992 until his retirement in 2013. His books include 'Turner - A Life' (1997) and 'A Strange Business - Making Art and Money in Nineteenth Century Britain' (2015)

This talk is free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

To book your place, please visit our online booking system:

For further information please contact the Gallery by email: or telephone: (0113) 343 2778

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Free but places are limited so please book in advance online.

 Image: Peter Murray at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. (Background) Jonathan Borofsky, Molecule Man 1+1+1, 1990. Private Collection courtesy YSP © Marc Atkins. Image courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde

Peter Murray CBE on György Gordon and the artistic landscape of Wakefield

  • 20 February 2017 6:30-7:30pm

Following Peter Murray's insightful speech at the opening reception of The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery's current temporary exhibition 'György Gordon (1924-2005) A retrospective' we are privileged to offer a further opportunity to hear Peter Murray talk in person about his friendship with the artist and their significant involvement in the cultural, artistic and pedagogical landscape of Wakefield and beyond.

The talk will explore Gordon and Murray's extraordinary artistic and academic contributions to our region from a personal perspective and will include a Q&A session where audience questions are welcomed. The exhibition continues until 25 February 2017.

Peter Murray founded the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 1977, Museum of the Year 2014. Prior to this he studied Fine Art and Education, taught in General, Further and Higher Education and lectured extensively throughout Britain and overseas. Until 1975 he exhibited frequently and has paintings, drawings and prints in several public and private collections.

This talk is free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

To book your place, please visit our online booking system:

For further information please contact the Gallery by email: or telephone: (0113) 343 2778

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Free but places are limited so please book in advance online:

Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds
Parkinson Building
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