Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds

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





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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-Sat, 10.00-17.00

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.
The Individual Remains

The Individual Remains: Untold Stories of the First World War

  • 27 October — 20 December 2014 *on now

The industrialised nature of the First World War is often defined by the scale of human casualty and loss. This quantification, although significant, only serves to present each soldier as one of many, void of personality and distinct experiences.

Using the Peter Liddle collection, held at The University of Leeds' Special Collections, this exhibition brings to light individual soldier's voices and wishes to re-approach the narrative of the First World War through reclaimed and re-purposed objects, personal diaries and pictures. We see the embodied authorship within the objects displayed, a direct response to the conditions of war and the legacies that remain.

An opening reception will take place on Tuesday 28 October at 6pm at the Gallery. Join us to get a first look at our new exhibition, talk to the students and explore the remains of the First World War through objects from the Liddle Collection with a short introduction by Peter Liddle himself.

This is free to attend, no booking required. All welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Nostalgia & Progress: Illustration after the Second World War

Nostalgia & Progress: Illustration after the Second World War

  • 12 November 2014 — 28 February 2015 *on now

This exhibition continues The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery's exhibition series exploring the history of British book illustration (with Fancy and Imagination: Aubrey Beardsley and the Book Illustrators in 2010 and Austerity & Invention: Illustration Between the Wars in 2012). Nostalgia & Progress: Illustration After the Second World War reviews the fertile period after the Second World War. This era was marked not only by technological progress and innovation - even in the midst of rationing - but also by nostalgia and a romanticising of the pre-war past.

The impact of post-war illustration for contemporary British illustrators has been significant. The exhibition also includes a display of contemporary work by artists who particularly reference this period, including Mark Hearld, Emily Sutton and Ed Kluz. An illustrated catalogue, with new essays on post-war illustration by James Russell, Sarah Butler, Laura Millward and Layla Bloom, will be available for sale in the Gallery shop. A full programme of related events will run alongside the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.
Dance Workshop with Gerry Turvey

Dance Workshop with Gerry Turvey

  • 29 November 2014 2-6pm

Organised to coincide with our current exhibition Nostalgia & Progress: Illustration After the Second World War, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to process visual information through physical interpretation of the artworks on display. Using the themes of memory and nostalgia, rooted within the illustrations, this workshop will allow you to play physically within the space of the Gallery and to discover further some of the concepts addressed in the work.

Movers and curious explorers of all levels are invited to take part in the workshop, where they will be encouraged to find fresh ways in which to interpret the artworks, through movement and dance.

There will be guided exercises, some drawing and writing, as well as open-ended tasks that will inspire group and individual pieces of choreography.

Open to all aged 14+

This is a free workshop but places are limited so please book in advance.

Please use our online booking system:

For further information please contact the Gallery directly by email: or Telephone: 0113 3432778

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17