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.
Lucy Davidson, 'Tessellations', 2017, (c) The Artist

FUAM Graduate Art Prize Show 2017

  • 9 August — 4 November 2017 *on now

Wednesday 9 August - Saturday 4 November 2017

Opening Reception: Tuesday 8 August 2017, 6-8pm. Free, all welcome.

Now in its fifth year the FUAM Graduate Art Prize, supported by the Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM), rewards the artistic excellence of the top students completing studies in Design and Fine Art at the University of Leeds in 2017. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery will host an exhibition showcasing the work of this year's four finalists, which will preview on Tuesday 8 August 2017, 6pm.

Degree shows at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and the School of Design at the University of Leeds take place around campus in June 2017. After visiting these, a panel of three judges from around the Yorkshire region select four graduating students as finalists for The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery's prestigious FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2017.

The finalists for 2017 are:

Zoe Carlon (Fine Art)

Olivia Loker (Fine Art)

Lucy Davidson (Art and Design)

Miranda Jones (Art and Design)

In September, the judges will return to select the overall winner of the FUAM Graduate Art Prize. The 'Best in Show' graduating student artist of the year will receive £250. Each of the runners-up will receive £100 each to aid them in their developing career as artists. The prizes will be awarded by FUAM in an awards ceremony on 27 September 2017.

The Judging Panel

Nathalie Levi - Nathalie Levi is a curator, formerly of The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She has independently curated exhibitions for the Ben Uri Gallery and the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art where she established an artist residency programme in 2011. Levi reviews exhibitions for the Art Journal 'This Is Tomorrow' and has had writing published by Le Fresnoy, CAC Vilnius and The University of Leeds.

David Salinger - David Salinger is the chair of FUAM (Leeds) and was a member of staff of the University's School of Mathematics for 38 years, during which time he became pro-Dean for Teaching and Learning in his faculty. On retirement, he was awarded the title of Life Fellow. He plays the violin and has led the Sinfonia of Leeds, the Leeds Symphony Orchestra and the St Peter's Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the Leeds Art Fund.

Jane Winfrey - Jane Winfrey has been the Picture Specialist at Bonhams since 2008. In this role Winfrey was involved in the major sale of the 'Burton Collection', a Yorkshire collection of sculpture and paintings accumulated by Arnold Burton. The collection included Hepworth, Lowry, Frink and Keith Vaughan among others. Winfrey has also guest curated exhibitions, such as the David Hockney show at Bradford Art Gallery 'Bradford to LA'. In 2013 she wrote the catalogue entries and an essay for 'Alfred Drury and the New Sculpture' touring exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Austin Wright, 'Limbo'

Opening Reception - Austin Wright: Emerging Forms

  • 21 November 2017 6-8pm

This exhibition explores the career of Yorkshire-based sculptor Austin Wright, Gregory Fellow in Sculpture at the University of Leeds from 1961-1964.

Starting from the striking outdoor artwork Limbo, gifted by the artist's family, the exhibition includes sculpture, maquettes and drawings that show the development of Wright's practice.

Please book your free place here:

For further information please context the Gallery by email: or telephone: 0113 343 2778

Suitable for

  • 18+


Austin Wright, 'Limbo'

Austin Wright: Emerging Forms

  • 23 November 2017 — 17 March 2018

Exploring the career of Yorkshire-based sculptor Austin Wright, Gregory Fellow in Sculpture at the University of Leeds from 1961-1964.

Starting from the striking outdoor artwork Limbo, gifted by the artist's family, the exhibition will include sculpture, maquettes and drawings that show the development of Wright's practice.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, drop-in


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 people sketching in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Sketch Club

  • 10 March — 15 December 2017 *on now

Whether you can stay for ten minutes or the full three hours, the free Gallery Sketch Club is open to everyone and all materials will be provided.

Each week, we will have a different 'Friday Focus' so you can pull up a stool and enjoy looking at works you may never have noticed before.

Use your time to hone your sketching skills, chat with fellow art appreciators or simply indulge your creativity in a calm, inspiring atmosphere.

No need to book in advance. Just turn up and draw!

Please note there will be no Sketch Club when the University is closed for public holidays, such as Good Friday.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Photograph of workshop attendee sketching a life model

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 4 November 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 18 +

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

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

Suitable for

  • 18+



Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds
Parkinson Building
Woodhouse Lane
West Yorkshire





0113 343 2778


0113 343 2777


0113 343 5561

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