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.
Photo of artwork produced by the school children

Footsteps into Art Exhibition

  • 11 July — 27 August 2016 *on now

Commencing the week of 11th July, and running through until 27th August, 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 new project to introduce primary level pupils to fine art practices in a gallery setting. Over the past year 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 changing exhibition will focus each week on work from each of the five participating schools, with the exception of the two weeks beginning 1st August which will bring together work from all five schools for an overview of the project. This week will also culminate in a Celebration Event on Saturday 13th August, where pupils and their families are invited to take in the work over refreshments, as well as participating in some fun activities.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free. The exhibition is open Mondays - 1 - 5pm; Tuesdays - Saturdays - 10am - 5pm.


Zoe James, 'Untitled', 2016 photographs on MDF, © The Artist

FUAM Graduate Art Prize Show 2016

  • 3 August — 1 October 2016 *on now

Now in its fourth year, the FUAM Graduate Art Prize, supported by the Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM) rewards the artistic excellence of the top students completing studies in Design and Fine Art at the University of Leeds in 2016. The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is hosting an exhibition showcasing the work of this year's 4 finalists.

The finalists were selected in June 2016 by a panel of expert judges - Bryony Bond, the Creative Director of The Tetley, Derek Horton, Curator and co-director of &Model, and Professor Frank Finlay, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Leeds.

The finalists for 2016 are:

Zoe James (School of Design)
Francesca Ivaldi (School of Design)
Emii Alrai (School of Fine Art)
India Pearce (School of Art)

'FUAM Graduate Prize Show 2016’ will be open Monday 1pm – 5pm & Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm. Admission is FREE, and the exhibition runs until Saturday 1 October 2016.


Admission is free.


Zoe James, 'Untitled', 2016, photographs on MDF, (c) The Artist

Prize-giving: FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2016

  • 28 September 2016 5:30-6:30pm

The judges have made their decision and the official announcement will be made at this evening event at the Gallery. The winner of the popular vote - online and in the Gallery - will also be revealed!

The winning artist will then offer a short artist talk, with time for questions.

Let us know you are coming by registering here:

For further information please contact the Gallery by email: or telephone: (0113) 343 2778


Free but please book your place in advance online.


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.
Charcoal sketch of a life model

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 3 September 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+


Please note there is a £10 charge for this workshop.

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


Photo of people finger-knitting

Sculptural Yarn Jewellery Workshop

  • 15 September 2016 5:30-7:30pm

Join us at the Gallery for a relaxed evening of yarn crafting! You will be encouraged to explore the contemporary work on offer in our FUAM Graduate Art Prize and be inspired to create a one-off piece of finger knitted sculptural jewellery influenced by your favourite piece of art work. This workshop will give you the chance to hone your finger knitting skills in our cultural surroundings whilst experimenting with different textures, colours and materials.

This informal workshop is suitable for everyone from yarn craft beginners to woollen intermediates!

Suitable for ages 10 +

Please note there is a small £3 charge for this workshop.

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

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+


Please note there is a small £3 charge for this workshop.

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


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





0113 343 2778


0113 343 2777


0113 343 5561

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