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: Lenten Cover (1979) by Michael Lyons (c) The Artist

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Image: Mitzi Cunliffe, 'Man-Made Fibres', 1954-1956, Portland stone

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


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.
Contemporary dancers in front of Clothworkers' South with textiles

Man-Made Fibres: A Dance Response

  • 2 July 2016 12-12:45pm

TurveyWorld will perform a specially commissioned site specific dance to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the installation of Mitzi Cunliffe's sculpture, 'Man-Made Fibres' on Clothworkers South building. Gerry Turvey and the dancers will be available to any questions or responses to the work following the performance.

The performance is in response to both the Sculpture at the top of the building, and to the site at the front of the building. Four dancers and a cellist will create an exciting journey in and around the steps and entrance way to the building. Come and enjoy the dance, music and lots of material!

'Man-Made Fibres' was commissioned in 1955 for the new Man-Made Fibres building at the University of Leeds, now Clothworkers' South. Professor J B Speekman, Head of the Department of Textile Industries, required a piece which would reflect the exciting progress in the field of synthetic fibres. 'Man-Made Fibres' was unveiled by the Duke of Edinburgh when the new building was opened in June 1956.

This event is part of the Yorkshire Year of the Textile, which is inspired by the region's rich textile heritage, reflected in the history of the University of Leeds and supported by Arts Council England.

This performance is free and open to all. The event is weather permitting, please check our Twitter for updates on the day.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free and open to all.


Barbara Hepworth, Dual Form, 1965, Bronze

Public Art Short - Welcome to Barbara Hepworth

  • 6 July 2016 12:45-1pm

The University of Leeds is welcoming Barbara Hepworth's sculpture 'Dual Form' onto campus. 'Dual Form' is on long-term loan from Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds Art Fund.

'Dual Form' is one edition of seven bronzes, from Yorkshire born Hepworth. The piece was made in 1965 and reflects Hepworth's earlier style of simplified forms.

Meet at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery to walk over together to this iconic sculpture situated outside stage@leeds.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free and open to all.


Malcolm Drummond, Drawing for Chelsea Public Library 2: Gentleman's back, 1920, (c) The Estate of the Artist

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 9 July 2016 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+


£10 - please book in advance:


Photo of Lorna Green's 'Meet, Sit and Eat'

Public Art Picnic

  • 27 July 2016 12:45-1:45pm

Bring your sandwiches and picnic among Lorna Green's `Meet, Sit and Talk` sculpture at Chancellor's Court and share your thoughts on how public art can change the environment round it.

Lorna Green is a sculptor and environmental artist based in Cheshire, who works in both urban and rural environments nationally and internationally.

Green explains the sculpture 'is intended to be used - for sitting, for meeting at and to create a socially interactive space.' Green redesigned the whole area in collaboration with landscape architect Allan R. Ruff, who created a garden path recalling the flow of a river, the planting changing shape and colour as the seasons pass.

This event is weather permitting, please check our Twitter for updates on the day.


Free and open to all. No booking required; just turn up on the day.


Little boy drawing

Creative Collaging - Family Friendly Workshop

  • 28 July 2016 10:30-11:30am

Bring the whole family and discover the newest art at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery. To celebrate the arrival of artist Harry Thubron's 'Untitled' collage , this workshop invites families to find out more about the technique of collage and learn how to do it to create your very own masterpiece!

Led by artist Fran Horner the workshop will start with a short introduction to the Gallery and Thubron's collages. Participants will then start creating their works of art with sketches inspired by their surroundings. To finish of their masterpiece visitors can get creative with colourful paper, pencils and other bits and bobs to build up their collage.

This is a family friendly workshop for children aged 5-11 and their adults.

A £5 refundable fee will be charged when booking. This will be returned upon arrival at the event. Refunds within 48 hours of the event will not be eligible for a refund. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and adults will need to book a space as well.

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

For more information, please contact the Gallery via email or telephone: 0113 3432778

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10


£5 refundable booking fee required:


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





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