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.
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


Free and open to all.


Gallery visitors enjoying artworks

Transformation - Exhibition Preview

  • 18 April 2018 6-8pm

Spring 2018 marks ten years since the re-opening of the University’s art gallery, following a major redevelopment and expansion.

Raise a glass of wine and join us in celebrating the remarkable efforts made to create a public space for the University of Leeds Art Collection.

The exhibition tracks 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.


Free event, please book


Gallery visitors enjoying artworks


  • 19 April — 28 July 2018

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.


Free, 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.
Chalk drawing of a reclining figure

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 7 April 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

  • Not suitable for children


Cost £10.50, all materials included


Portrait of Nina Hamnett by Roger Fry

Nina: Queen of Bohemia

  • 25 April 2018 1-1:45pm

‘Nina: Queen of Bohemia’ brings theatre to the Gallery in this exciting one woman show. Actor and playwright Vanessa Rosenthal will become Nina Hamnett and tell her story in character. Discover how old Nina was when Roger Fry painted her in the Gallery’s celebrated portrait. Did you know Nina had many famous artist friends and lovers, including Sickert, Pissaro, Epstein, Picasso and Modigliani? Was she a survivor, tragic figure or life force?

Vanessa Rosenthal is an experienced actress, trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She recently appeared at West Yorkshire Playhouse in the Alan Bennett season. She also acted in ‘Karen’s Way: A Kindertransport Life’ in Edinburgh and Jerusalem. Her extensive work for the BBC includes her creation of the long running Radio 4 series ‘Writing the Century’. Vanessa was short listed for a BAFTA Radio Drama Award for ‘Bye, Bye Miss America High’. In 2013, she was Writer in Residence at Kings College, London in their department of Life Writings.

Ages 12+


Free event, booking required with a refundable £5 deposit


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





0113 343 2778


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0113 343 5561

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