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 Men with Load, Austin Wright

Austin Wright: Emerging Forms

  • 23 November 2017 — 17 March 2018 *on now

Austin Wright: Emerging Forms focuses on Austin Wright's sculpture and drawings between 1955-75, a crucial period for the development of his practice and reputation in the art world.

Austin Wright was an adopted Yorkshireman who came late to the art world. The art and languages teacher decided to pursue a career as a full-time sculptor following a meeting with Henry Moore, who advised bluntly that Wright should "just get on with it".

Although born in Cardiff, Wright (1911-1997) made his home in Yorkshire and was a key proponent of the sculpture scene, being one of the featured artists at the opening of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

A key period for Wright's practice was his time at The University of Leeds as a Gregory Fellow from 1961-64. His fellowship has been described by art historian James Hamilton as "the hinge" of his career. The financial support of the fellowship enabled him to devote himself to his sculpture fully, but also introduced him to students, researchers and to a rich intellectually-stimulating atmosphere on campus.

The show tracks the change from Wright's work in the 1950s, with his focus on human figures moving and engaged in activities, through to his more abstract work in 1960s during the fellowship and beyond.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, drop-in


Example of Yorkshire creamware

Designing Yorkshire Pottery: for the many, not the few

  • 7 December 2017 — 3 March 2018 *on now

Every year the Education Room in The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery becomes home to special displays when groups of MA students from Art Gallery and Museum Studies take over and create brand new interpretations.

The groups of student curators, from the MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies course at the University of Leeds, have worked with the University of Leeds' Art Collection to create unique displays in the Education Room of the Gallery.

In 'Designing Yorkshire Pottery', the fascinating evolution of the design of Yorkshire ceramics is on display. From culinary items to more decorative pieces, a range of design styles shows the influences of the East on Western tastes. The various styles chart the popularisation of Yorkshire pottery as it became available to the many rather than the wealthy few. The exhibition also delves into the origins of Yorkshire creamware and celebrates the industry's continued existence today through an interview with the owner of Ingleton Pottery.

The emergence of capitalism greatly affected the ceramics industry. The increased demand for commodities and the rapid escalation of the population during the 19th century resulted in the mass production of domestic objects. Many of the items on display were common designs found in factory pattern books.

The display also celebrates the survival of the local ceramics industry. Ingleton Pottery, a family-run business in the Yorkshire Dales, continues to design similar products for everyday use today. The existence of businesses such as this shows the sustained interest in keeping this industry alive in the Yorkshire region.

This exhibition examines the commercial and social history of this region through the design of Yorkshire ceramics to highlight the industry's importance in the home life of Yorkshire families.

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.
Photograph of Marie Hartley and Joan Ingleton

Now Then: Peek into the Dales

  • 7 December 2017 — 3 March 2018 *on now

Every year the Education Room in The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery becomes home to a special display when groups of MA students from Art Gallery and Museum Studies take over and create brand new interpretations.

The groups of student curators, from the MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies course at the University of Leeds, have worked with the University of Leeds' Art Collection to create two unique displays in the Education Room of the Gallery.

Now Then: Peek into the Dales

Marie Hartley (1905-2006), artist, author, photographer and social historian, spent over 75 years documenting life in the Yorkshire Dales. 'Now Then' showcases a selection of her artworks and books, all of which hold social, cultural and historical importance.

Now Then... is a colloquial term used by the people of Yorkshire. Often used as a greeting, this phrase also captures the aim of the exhibition: bringing the past into the present.

This exhibition showcases the work of Marie Hartley (1905-2006), a nationally recognised artist, author, photographer and social historian. Her woodcut prints, drawings and photographs adorn the many publications that she wrote, in order to preserve an era of fading traditions for future generations to come.

Born into a family of wool-merchants in Morley, Hartley attended Leeds College of Art in 1927. She then devoted 75 years to recording the impact of industrialisation on the Yorkshire Dales.

Hartley created a unique body of work; some of which was gifted to the University of Leeds in 1999. Students and academics now use the collection for research and learning. Now Then demonstrates how Hartley's efforts play an important role in the education of our current society by drawing upon the events of the past.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Photograph of someone sketching a life model

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 3 March 2018 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 18 +

Tickets are £10.50.

Please book in advance online:

Suitable for

  • 18+



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





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