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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Sat, 10.00-17.00

Closed: Sun
Holidays

Admission charges

Free

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.
oil painting showing man on a horse at a farm building

George Morland: In the Margins

  • 18 March — 11 July 2015 *on now

This exhibition looks at migrants and margins in the work of the painter George Morland (1763-1804), a popular painter whose lifestyle and early death earned him lasting notoriety.

Over 250 of his works are held by public collections in the UK and US alone. His paintings of smugglers, gypsies, pedlars, soldiers, and families, which represent some of his best compositions, as well as how they mirrored his own life, raise compelling questions about who, and where, is 'marginal' in society.

There has been no exhibition of his work since a small show in Reading in 1975, and no substantial discussion of his work since a thesis written in Stanford in 1977, and a chapter in John Barrell's book Dark Side of the Landscape in 1980. His pictures resonate with contemporary issues such as migration and marginality in a way that was not evident thirty years ago.

The exhibition, which will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue with critical essays by Dr Grindle, Dr Kerry Bristol (Leeds) and Dr Martin Purvis (Leeds).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://library.leeds.ac.uk/features/409/article/107/george_morland_in_the_margins

Myths, Migration and Marginalisation

  • 8 April — 13 June 2015 *on now

This exhibition coincides with our new temporary show George Morland: In the Margins. According to Morland's biographer, Sir Walter Gilbey, "the life-like character of his gipsy pictures" was down to the fact that Morland "often associated with gipsies, and...lived with them for days together, adopting their mode of life, and sleeping with them in barns at night".[i]

Morland found the Romany way of life and customs appealing and he often depicts travellers in a sympathetic, romantic fashion. However, he also identified with their refusal to compromise their beliefs just to conform to society. Traditionally, the Roma yearn to live outside yet socially, they are also outsiders. It is partly due to their defiance and difference that travellers have always been regarded with curiosity, suspicion, and have even faced persecution since they first began migrating to England from their native India in the early 16th century.

Suitable for

Website

https://library.leeds.ac.uk/features/415/article/114/myths_migration_and_marginalisation

Inhalation

Inhalation

  • 22 June — 22 August 2015

As Leverhulme Artist in Residence with Legacies of War at the University of Leeds, Juliet MacDonald has been exploring the Liddle Collection, held at the Brotherton Library since September 2014. This internationally-recognised collection includes diaries, letters, official documents, sketchbooks and other items of personal significance as well as interviews from the war years.
This display at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery will offer the chance to see a selection of items from this unique Collection which will be presented alongside artworks that MacDonald has made in direct response to the archive during the period of her residency.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://library.leeds.ac.uk/features/415/article/118/inhalation

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.
What they told me was quieter than tree trunks

What they told me was quieter than tree trunks

  • 30 May 2015 2:30-4pm *on now

A unique event organised to complement our symposium addressing the life and work of George Morland.

In this session, writer and theatre director Adam Strickson will read from his own writing about those who struggle to have a voice in mainstream society, including Travellers and refugees, and will relate this to George Morland's life and paintings. Expect powerful and informative poetry and prose, lively chat about the paintings and insights into Morland's work.

Adam is part-time Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Leeds, and specialises in poetry, scripts and libretti about other people's lives. His recent work ranges from the acclaimed Cultural Olympiad 2012 opera, 'Amy's Last Dive' (based on the life of pilot Amy Johnson) to 'The Saga of Us' for Bolton Octagon Theatre, a play about the struggles of Bangladeshi men in Burnley. He is known for entertaining readings that move and inform. Adam has been poet in residence at Ilkley Literature Festival, the Lincolnshire town of Boston and Trinity Leeds. He is a trustee of 6 million+, making links between Holocaust Survivors and Asylum Seekers, and has been Chair of Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary.

What they say about his work:

'Zest, fun, passion and colour' - The Metro

'To say that Adam Strickson's work is provocative is to beggar understatement. What he proves is that you can perform a real social function without sacrificing the imagination and the art' - Playwright David Edgar

'Fascinating, unpatronising and fresh' - BBCi

This is a free event but places are limited so booking is essential. Please book online: http://morland-literary-event.eventbrite.co.uk

The event is open to all over the age of 16.

For further information about this event, or the George Morland Symposium please contact the Gallery directly via email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: 0113 3432778

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

This is a free event but places are limited so booking is essential. Please book online.

Website

http://morland-literary-event.eventbrite.co.uk

Life Drawing

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 6 June 2015 2-4pm

Whether you are a newcomer to the art-form or an experienced artist, this workshop is open to all. Feel free to come to one class or come to all and watch as your style and skill develops under the tutelage of artist and previous life model, Rob Oldfield.

Some 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. Rob's skills and experience are truly endless. As a tutor Rob encourages, advises and listens and this workshop will undoubtedly be an informative and enjoyable session for all.

This is a free workshop but please remember that spaces are limited so booking is a must! A £5 refundable deposit will be requested upon booking.

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

http://june2015-life-drawing.eventbrite.co.uk

For further information please contact the Gallery by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: (0113) 343 2778

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

A £5 refundable booking fee will be charged upon booking. This will be refunded upon arrival at the event. Cancellations within 48 hours of the event will not be eligible for a refund.

Website

http://library.leeds.ac.uk/events/410/event/300/

Stories from the Forests of Leeds

Stories from the Forests of Leeds | A Leeds Big Bookend Event

  • 6 June 2015 11am-4pm

Over the last year, author and theatre producer Daniel Ingram-Brown has been working with local writers in a series of workshops to create characters and stories that will form a treasury of forest tales and artwork.

Come along to this drop in workshop to discover what progress has been made and to see some of the illustrations by artist Simon Smith that have been produced in response to the stories developed throughout the life of the project so far.

Simon Smith's illustrations will be on display and you can read some of the stories already written. Why not then get involved yourself and make up your own characters and place them on our map of Leeds. Or write your own story inspired by the 'Forests of Leeds.' Your work might even get chosen to go into the treasury too!

This is a free event, no booking is required. This event is suitable for all ages but is particularly designed with adults and young adults in mind.

Find out more about the Leeds Big Bookend, a rock festival for words, on their website http://www.bigbookend.co.uk/ where you can also find out about their other planned events and book your tickets online! The Big Bookend Festival runs at various venues across Leeds throughout June 2015.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 11-13

Website

http://library.leeds.ac.uk/events/410/event/304/

Quentin Bell, Levitating Woman, (c) Oliver Bell. Image (c) The University of Leeds

Curating the Campus: Public Art & British Universities

  • 11 June 2015 11am-5pm

Who cares for, curates and interprets the public art on our university campuses? What programmes engage wider audiences beyond the campus? How are new commissions arrived at and what campus community involvement is there in this process?
To celebrate the unveiling of the University of Leeds' new Simon Fujiwara sculpture A Spire and to launch the eagerly anticipated Public Art Strategy at the University, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery is hosting a symposium on 11 June 2015. Academics and curators will share best practice with regard to successfully curating campus-based Public Art.
Find out more about the symposium at http://leeds.ac.uk/art-gallery-events/410/event/305/

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

The Symposium is FREE but places are limited so please book in advance. If you would like to participate in lunch there is a £12 charge (Students and Concessions £8). ALL bookings should be made online at www.curating-the-campus.eventbrite.co.uk

Website

http://library.leeds.ac.uk/events/410/event/305/

Sensational Sculptures

Sensational Sculptures

  • 13 June 2015 1:30-4pm

Designed to coincide with the launch of the University's 'Art on Campus' project, this workshop marks the start of our summer programme of exciting Public Art inspired events. In this session, you will be treated to a brief tour around some of the amazing public art on campus, including artworks by internationally renowned sculptors, Keith Wilson and Simon Fujiwara, before getting stuck in and using recycled materials to create your very own piece of sculpture.

Transform yoghurt pots into chimneys, cereal boxes into towers and crisp packets into shiny, skyscraper windows as you explore shape, form and 3D construction with Amy.

Depending on the weather, at least 30 minutes of this workshop will be spent outside so please wear something warm! Hot drinks, juice and biscuits will be available for all brave explorers before the crafty part of the workshop gets underway!

This is a free workshop open to children over the age of 6.

There are limited spaces available so please book in advance: https://sensational-sculptures.eventbrite.co.uk

A £5 refundable booking fee will be charged upon booking. This will be returned upon arrival at the event. Refunds within 48 hours of the event will not be eligible for a refund.

For further information please contact the Gallery directly by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: 0113 3432778

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

A £5 refundable booking fee will be charged upon booking. This will be returned upon arrival at the event. Refunds within 48 hours of the event will not be eligible for a refund.

Website

http://library.leeds.ac.uk/events/410/start/13-06-2015/end/13-06-2015/year/2015/month/06

Glazed ceramic box sculptures

Glazed Ceramic Box Sculptures with Mark Burns Cassell

  • 20 June 2015 1:30-4pm

In May 2015, ceramic artist Mark Burns Cassell introduced participants to the incredible works of public art on display around the University of Leeds campus. Inspired by the likes of Simon Fujiwara, William Chattaway and Austin Wright, our workshop attendees then made their own sensational sculptures.

Now Mark's back to show you how different stoneware glazes can be used to create a range of paint-on effects and designs. All work will be fired and returned to the Gallery for collection.

Workshops are suitable for all ability levels from complete beginner to those with more experience. Open to ages 14+

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

This is a free workshop but please remember that spaces are limited so booking is a must! A refundable booking fee of £5 will be taken upon booking. This will be returned to you on arrival at the workshop. Cancellations within 48 hours of the event will not be eligible for a refund.

Website

http://library.leeds.ac.uk/events/410/start/20-06-2015/end/20-06-2015/year/2015/month/06

Painting in the Margins

Painting in the Margins

  • 27 June 2015 1:30-4pm

Following on from our full day symposium on Friday 29 May 2015, in which the life and work of George Morland will be discussed and deliberated, artist Lesley Birch will be here in the Gallery to offer an artistic perspective on the depiction of subjects similar to those painted by Morland himself.

Work with Lesley to gain inspiration from the current exhibition and consider the migrant and marginalised groups of society that he represents. Then get drawing, sketching, abstracting, representing and illustrating with acrylics, inks and pencils, as you develop your own work based on the themes explored in Morland's painting.

Open to ages 16+. No experience necessary.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

This is a free workshop open to all. There are limited spaces available however, so please book in advance. http://painting-in-the-margins.eventbrite.co.uk A £5 refundable booking fee will be charged upon booking. This will be returned upon arrival at the event. Refunds within 48 hours of the event will not be eligible for a refund.

Website

http://library.leeds.ac.uk/events/410/start/27-06-2015/end/27-06-2015/year/2015/month/06

Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds
Parkinson Building
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS2 9JT
England

Website

www.leeds.ac.uk/gallery

E-mail

gallery@leeds.ac.uk

Telephone

Gallery

0113 343 2778

Office

0113 343 2777

Fax

0113 343 5561

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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