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


  • 19 April — 28 July 2018 *on now

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.
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


Photograph of a life model being sketched

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 5 May 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 +

£10.50. Please book in advance online:

Suitable for

  • 18+
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Museums at Night

  • 18 May 2018 6-9pm

Ay up! As part of the national Museums at Night Festival join The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery for an event celebrating all things Yorkshire in our collections, and experience the Galleries in a new light! Enjoy a glass of wine or two and an evening of music, games and creativity at this special after-hours event.

Join a games tournament, and try your hand at games from years gone by, like skittles and quoits; discover historic Yorkshire dress code through fascinating 19th century collections; or put yourself in the frame and become the star in one of our stunning artworks. All this, and lots more!

Activities will include:

• Join Yorkshire’s own Leeds Print Workshop, and make your own print, inspired by the collections.
• Put yourself in the picture, and become the artwork. Grab a prop, pop on a hat and jump into the painting!
• Inspired by games played in Yorkshire in the past, take part in one of the games tournaments throughout the night, and be in with a chance of winning a Gallery goody bag.
• Get crafty, and create your own hand crafted piece inspired by the collections on display.
• Get hands-on with rare and unique artefacts, like the beautifully illustrated ‘The Costume of Yorkshire’, historic maps, manuscripts and photographs.

The soundtrack of the evening will be music made by the famous alumni from the University of Leeds, including tracks by bands and artists such as Alt-J, Bastille, Kaiser Chiefs, Corinne Bailey Rae and many more.

There is a small charge of £8.50 for this event, which covers two drinks per person. There will be a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children




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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