Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds
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.
Mon - 1 - 5pm.
Tues - Sat - 10am - 5pm
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.
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
Michael Lyons: Freeze Frame
- 9 March — 9 July 2016 *on now
From surreal or dynamic forms to archways frozen in bronze, this exhibition charts the evolution of Michael Lyons' sculpture 'Lenten Cover' (1979). Hosted by The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, 'Michael Lyons: Freeze Frame' spans the late 1960s-1970s, when the visual language of Michael Lyons (b. 1943) reached maturity, and during which his constructed steel sculptures established a strong presence in outdoor exhibitions at the Serpentine, Whitworth and newly opened Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Featuring collages, drawings and sculpture, the exhibition is guest-curated by Dr Judith LeGrove.
'Michael Lyons: Freeze Frame' will be open Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm. Admission is FREE, and the exhibition runs until Saturday 9 July 2016.
- Any age
Exhibition - Sculptor Behind the Mask: Mitzi Cunliffe's work of the 1950s
- 30 March — 2 July 2016 *on now
This year the University of Leeds is celebrating the 60th anniversary of 'Man-Made Fibres', one of Cunliffe's most important sculptures of the period. The iconic piece of public art, sculpted from Portland stone, was created especially for the opening of a new building, also called Man-Made Fibres, now the Clothworkers' South building. The sculpture features two monumental hands with a striking weave motif cradled between them, reflecting the exciting developments in synthetic fibres that the new building represented. Cunliffe's contribution to public art in the 1950s has been somewhat overlooked, this exhibition re-assesses her work during this period and coincides with her inclusion in the Heritage England 'Out There' exhibition at Somerset House.
The 1950s also saw another milestone in Cunliffe's career- her contribution to the Festival of Britain. She was one of six women sculptors participating in the Festival of Britain in 1951, and items from this will be on display including the original maquette (preliminary model) for Root Bodied Forth, on loan from Leeds Museums & Galleries and the original Push and Pull handles from a private collection.
The exhibition, at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, will display items including Cunliffe's original maquettes for 'Man-Made Fibres', the first ever BAFTA trophy mask, examples of her ceramics and her textile design for the coronation of Elizabeth II. Many of the objects will be on display for the first time, on loan from private collections and other institutions.
The exhibition forms part of the University of Leeds Public Art Project and will be accompanied by a series of events and talks. This year the Public Art Project, inspired by Cunliffe's sculpture, will be celebrating the rich textile heritage of the University.
'Sculptor Behind the Mask' will be open Monday 1pm - 5pm & Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm. Admission is FREE, and the exhibition runs until Saturday 2 July 2016.
Image: Mitzi Cunliffe, 'Man-Made Fibres', 1954-1956, Portland stone
Public Art Short: Leading up to 'Lenten Cover'
- 11 May 2016 12:45-1:15pm
In conversation with Public Art student placement Ellen Brown, hear Michael Lyons discussing the preparatory work leading up to his public art work 'Lenten Cover'.
Now on view at the Western Campus, 'Lenten Cover' was originally made for the Serpentine Gallery's Summer Show (1979). The talk will focus on the impact of preliminary collages made by Lyons on the final structure, and will be followed by a sculpture viewing (weather permitting).
This is a free event but places are limited so please book in advance online:
Museums at Night: A Trip through Time
- 13 May 2016 6-9pm
As part of the national Museums at Night Festival discover The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery at this adult only after-hours event. Experience the collections in a new light and let your hair down on a Friday night.
Enjoy a glass of wine as you dance your way through the decades, explore the Galleries in a hunt for history, craft your very own moment in time, and so much more... This will be a night that goes down in history!
Disco with a Difference
Experience the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery like never before. Be inspired by the decades on display in 'Freeze Frame' & 'Sculptor Behind the Mask', pop on a pair of headphones, and boogie the night away at this Silent Disco.
A Moment in Time
Inspired by the beautifully illustrated History Roll on the display in the Treasures Gallery craft your very own moment in time to add to our supersized scroll.
In celebration of Mitzi Cunliffe's 'Man-Made Fibres' sculpture and the accompanying exhibition, exploring her work in the 1950's, get hands on and weave your own masterpiece. Combining finger and hand knitting skills, you will create a stylish coaster or egg cosy inspired by the designs of the 1950s.
Draw a Decade
Take on our quick draw challenge... with a twist. Can you sketch one of the historical objects from the collections using only your toes? How about drawing it with your eyes closed? Take the challenge and see what you can do!
Get into the historical groove with a gorgeous face or hand design, inspired by your favourite decade.
Hunt for History
Let's get quizzical! Explore both galleries through this interactive quiz and be in with the chance of winning some gallery goodies!
You will be given drink tokens on arrival for a complimentary drink - with the choice of wine, beer or a soft drink.
This event is for over 18s. It is a free event but spaces are limited so booking is a must.
To book your place, please visit our online booking system:
Or contact the Gallery by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone: 0113 343 2778
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