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.
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 *on now

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, 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 Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery on Thursday 27 April 2017.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free and open to all.

Image: Kenneth Armitage, 'Linked Figures' (detail), 1949, cast 1960. (c) Courtesy of the Kenneth Armitage Foundation.

Kenneth Armitage: Sculpture and Drawing of the 1950s

  • 15 March — 15 July 2017 *on now

Kenneth Armitage RA is one of Britain's most important sculptors of the post-war period and was Gregory Fellow at the University of Leeds from 1953-55. The exhibition at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery tours a selection of works following the centenary retrospective at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath in 2016. The exhibition brings sculptures and drawings of the 1950s coinciding with the time when he undertook the prestigious and pioneering Gregory Fellowship back to Leeds and includes loans of work drawn from public and private collections across Britain. It aims to highlight the artist's strengths, especially his enduring focus on the human figure and his expressive linked figures in particular.

Guest curated by Ann Elliott and supported by the Kenneth Armitage Foundation.

Free and open to all. Monday 1 - 5pm. Tuesday - Saturday - 10am - 5pm.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+


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 a cellist and Indian dancers performing in front of Quentin Bell's 'The Dreamer'

Yorkshire Year of the Textile Celebration

  • 25 May 2017 2-6pm *on now

All are welcome to the final event in our year-long celebration of textiles, with panel discussions, poetry readings and private view of a key commission.

We invite you to celebrate with us our Yorkshire Year of the Textile programme, focusing on creativity, innovation and new research.

Yorkshire Year of the Textile symposium - 2pm - 5pm

Hear artists, working across a range of disciplines from poetry to sculpture, reflect on their experiences responding creatively to the region's rich heritage of textiles. The panel will be chaired by art historian Professor Ann Sumner, whose research into Mitzi Cunliffe has provided a foundation for the Yorkshire Year of the Textile project.

You can also take part in a conversation with curators, makers and industry specialists, to discuss ways of celebrating Yorkshire's textile heritage, and how we innovate for the future.

We will close the symposium with a reading of a specially-commissioned poem by Malika Booker.

Reception and launch of 'Man-Made Re-Made' - 5pm onwards

Celebrate the opening of Kate Goldsworthy's 'Man-Made Re-Made' with a glass of wine, and hear the inaugural reading of Rommi Smith's specially-commissioned poem, 'Woman-Made & Re-Made'.

These two artists have collaborated to commemorate Mitzi Cunliffe's life and work, responding to her monumental sculpture 'Man-Made Fibres' (1956), sited above the Clothworkers South building, home to textile design at the University of Leeds.
While Kate's spectacular hanging installation considers the life cycles of materials, based on her research into sustainability and textile design, poet Rommi Smith has been inspired by phenomenological ideas of making the self through the process of making art.

This event is free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential:

For further information please contact the Cultural Institute by email:

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
Sketch of a life model, 2015, (c) The Artist

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 3 June 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+


Please book in advance online.

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





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