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

Public Art Short: Leading up to 'Lenten Cover'

  • 11 May 2016 12:45-1:15pm

In conversation with Public Art student placement Ellen Brown, hear Michael Lyons discussing the preparatory work leading up to his public art work 'Lenten Cover'.

Now on view at the Western Campus, 'Lenten Cover' was originally made for the Serpentine Gallery's Summer Show (1979). The talk will focus on the impact of preliminary collages made by Lyons on the final structure, and will be followed by a sculpture viewing (weather permitting).

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


This is a free event but places are limited so please book in advance online:


The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Museums at Night: A Trip through Time

  • 13 May 2016 6-9pm

As part of the national Museums at Night Festival discover The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery at this adult only after-hours event. Experience the collections in a new and creative light and let your hair down on a Friday night.
Dance your way through the decades, explore the Galleries in a Hunt for History, craft your very own moment in time and so much more... This will be a night that goes down in history!

This event is for over 18s. It is a free event but spaces are limited so booking is a must.

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

Or contact the Gallery by email: or via telephone: 0113 3432778

Suitable for

  • 18+




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





0113 343 2778


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