Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds

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





0113 343 2778


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0113 343 5561

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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.
Martin Froy, Figure and Garden (Standing Figure and Landscape), 1962

Martin Froy & the Figurative Tradition

  • 7 May — 2 August 2014

In the 1950s, the University of Leeds introduced its innovative Gregory Fellowships in poetry, fine art and music - the first artist-in-residence programme of its kind at a UK university. Artist Martin Froy was its first Gregory Fellow in Painting between 1951 and 1954, selected by an advisory committee which included T.S. Eliot, Hebert Read, Henry Moore and Professor Bonamy Dobrée.

Sixty years after Froy completed his Fellowship in Leeds, the University has invited him back to showcase his artwork of the 1950s which so captivated the first Gregory Fellowship Advisory Committee, and also to explore how the Leeds residency affected his later practice. Placing Froy within the rich milieu of British figurative artists of the late 1950s and 60s, this exhibition will celebrate the contribution Froy made to British post-war figurative painting, in a tradition led by contemporaries such as Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud.

Martin Froy and the Figurative Tradition will open to the public on Wednesday, 7th May 2014. This exhibition is FREE and will run until Saturday, 2nd August 2014.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full programme of related events, including the popular Burton Saturdays: free creative activities suitable for all ages. Full details can be found on the gallery website:

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.
Dr Sketchy's

Dr Sketchy's Life Drawing

  • 8 May 2014 6:30-9pm
  • 12 June 2014 6:30-9pm

Presenting to you, Dr Sketchys Leeds for all you art-thrill seekers and cabaret fans!....

Welcome to an art school with a difference: An anti art school. Here there's no teaching, just lots of lifedrawing. Prepare for monthly themes or burlesque, cabaret and the very strange indeed. Let your hosts guide you through the merriment of prize challenges and obscure anti art practices.

Join us on the second Thursday of every month from 6.30/7 - 9pm and experience the magic and the surreal as you sharpen your skills with the old fashioned pencil.

Entry is £5 on the door.

Age 18+ only.

Please bring your own tools, we'll provide prizes and all the fun!!

For more information about Dr Sketchy's Leeds visit their website Or find them on facebook and have a look at the fun that they have in store for you!

Contact the gallery for further details: email: or Tel:0113 3432 778

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£5 entry on the door


Dom Smith

So, you want to work in the art world?

  • 26 April 2014 2-4pm

Dom Smith, editor of Soundsphere Magazine, co-founder of the Disabled Entrepreneurs Network and director of creative agency, The Creative Condition, will be in the Gallery to provide some key tips about getting ahead in the arts world and promoting your arts business or idea.

The key aim of this workshop is to inspire start-up creative business owners, artists and writers: And to address central aspects of business promotion from creating press releases and news story building, to utilising social media and blogging platforms to their full potential.

This workshop is open to all aged 16+, particularly professional or budding artists, creative thinkers, idea generators, entrepreneurs and fledgling journalists...

Please bring your own laptop if possible!

To find out more about Dom and his work visit his website:

This is a free workshop but places are limited so please book in advance. A refundable booking fee of £5 will be taken upon booking. This will be returned to you on arrival at the workshop. Cancellations within 48 hours of the event will not be eligible for a refund.

All tickets must be booked online:

For more information contact the Gallery on 0113 3432778 or by email:

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


This is a free workshop but places are limited so please book in advance. A refundable booking fee of £5 will be taken upon booking. This will be returned to you on arrival at the workshop. Cancellations within 48 hours of the event will not be eligible for a refund.

All tickets must be booked online:


Drew Millward

IN FOCUS: Drew Millward, Illustrator

  • 26 April 2014 12-1pm

North Yorkshire based illustrator Drew likes to draw 'the old fashioned way', using pencils, pens and a love of the craft of illustration. While his subject matter can vary dramatically, he hopes that the attention to detail and the love of drawing is apparent throughout his work.
Drew's clients are based internationally and include Arctic Monkeys, Nike, Epitaph Records, Bon Iver, and Sonic Youth to name a few.
See some examples of Drew's work on his website.

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


Tel: (0113) 343 2778

Or book online:

Suitable for ages 12+

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


gallery take over

Museums at Night: Gallery Take Over

  • 15 May 2014 5-8pm

This take over will see students from the School of Performance and Cultural Industries populate the gallery as they perform a series of pieces inspired by the artworks which surround them. Suitable for all the family, these performances will make you look at the gallery's paintings in a whole new light...

Suitable for

  • Any age


This is a free event. No booking required. Just turn up. The performances will be spread at different times throughout the evening.