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 - 1 - 5pm.
Tues - Sat - 10am - 5pm

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.
Image: Kenneth Armitage, 'Linked Figures' (detail), 1949, cast 1960. (c) Courtesy of the Kenneth Armitage Foundation.

Kenneth Armitage: Sculpture and Drawing of the 1950s

  • 15 March — 15 July 2017 *on now

Kenneth Armitage RA is one of Britain's most important sculptors of the post-war period and was Gregory Fellow at the University of Leeds from 1953-55. The exhibition at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery tours a selection of works following the centenary retrospective at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath in 2016. The exhibition brings sculptures and drawings of the 1950s coinciding with the time when he undertook the prestigious and pioneering Gregory Fellowship back to Leeds and includes loans of work drawn from public and private collections across Britain. It aims to highlight the artist's strengths, especially his enduring focus on the human figure and his expressive linked figures in particular.

Guest curated by Ann Elliott and supported by the Kenneth Armitage Foundation.

Free and open to all. Monday 1 - 5pm. Tuesday - Saturday - 10am - 5pm.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

https://library.leeds.ac.uk/art-gallery-exhibitions

Artwork by Brudenell Primary

Footsteps into Art Display

  • 21 June — 19 August 2017 *on now

21st June - 19th August 2017

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery will be showcasing work from five local primary schools as part of the Footsteps into Art project.

Footsteps into Art is an exciting project in its second year. It introduces primary and secondary level pupils to fine art practices in a gallery setting. Over the past two years, pupils have been working hard to learn new art skills and create interesting and unique pieces of art, all drawing inspiration from the University Art Collection here at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery.

The exhibition will showcase work by pupils from Blenheim Primary School, Brudenell Primary School, Little London Community Primary School, Quarry Mount Primary School and Leeds City Academy.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://library.leeds.ac.uk/features/415/article/144/footsteps_into_art_display

Image: Kenneth Armitage, 'Footballers', (detail) 1953, ink and wash on paper. Credit: Courtesy of Jonathan Clark Fine Art / The Kenneth Armitage Foundation

Kenneth Armitage and ‘The Geometry of Fear'

  • 12 July 2017 6-7pm

At the 1952 Venice Biennale Kenneth Armitage was part of an exhibition of young sculptors showing their work in the British Pavilion. This event not only marked a significant point in the development of his work, particularly in the 1950s, but also informs how he is now discussed within the canons of art history.

The critic Herbert Read after visiting the exhibition declared it to be a response to and a part of 'The Geometry of Fear'; this title will be the starting point for this talk in which the wider social, political and cultural contexts of Armitage's work will be considered.

This talk accompanies 'Kenneth Armitage: Sculpture and Drawing of the 1950s', on show until the 15th July.

Dr Joanne Crawford is the author of the Kenneth Armitage exhibition catalogue essay and director of Student Education and Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Leeds.

This talk is free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

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

https://kenneth-armitage.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Website

https://kenneth-armitage.eventbrite.co.uk

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.
Photograph of people sketching in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Sketch Club

  • 10 March — 15 December 2017 *on now

Whether you can stay for ten minutes or the full three hours, the free Gallery Sketch Club is open to everyone and all materials will be provided.

Each week, we will have a different 'Friday Focus' so you can pull up a stool and enjoy looking at works you may never have noticed before.

Use your time to hone your sketching skills, chat with fellow art appreciators or simply indulge your creativity in a calm, inspiring atmosphere.

No need to book in advance. Just turn up and draw!

Please note there will be no Sketch Club when the University is closed for public holidays, such as Good Friday.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Workshop attendee sketching a life model

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 1 July 2017 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:

https://lifedrawing-july-2017.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+

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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