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.
Vintage Holly Christmas Card

Christmas at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery!

  • 20 December 2014 1:30-4pm

Take part in our Christmas card making workshop with Gallery regular Mark Burns Cassell, who will be here teaching you simple ways to print your own festive designs! Or simply get creative with our seasonal themed papers, paints and ribbons as we celebrate this fun time of year!

Listen to some old records and share some festive treats as we get in the mood for Christmas at our last Burton Saturday before the end of the year!

Open to all and no booking required. Just drop in and say hello!

All of the team at The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery would love to celebrate with you and to thank you all for taking part and supporting us at our Burton Saturdays events throughout the last year! So do come along and join in the fun!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age
  • 18+