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

Martin Froy & the Figurative Tradition

  • 7 May — 2 August 2014 *on now

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


Diverse Encounters

Diverse Encounters

  • 16 June — 31 July 2014 *on now

The Alhambra, Granada is at the heart of this project which presents interrelated visual and musical compositions inspired by experiences of this intensely evocative location.

Since separate visits four years ago by Peter and Ann, an ongoing dialogue between musical and visual forms developed, cross-pollinating in a variety of ways, constantly challenging and regenerating independent interpretations which, like the Alhambra itself, have become multi layered in colour, mood and meaning.

Works in this exhibition explore the Alhambra at different times of year. The complex colour structures of architecture, foliage, water, pattern, light, and texture combine with thoughts of lives lived within its confines. Potential compositions, identified on site, gradually form as expressive equivalents in paint. A response to place, through line, edge, gesture, mark, contrasts in tone and hue, united within a compositional framework. This is a precarious, risk taking process. Many possibilities lie beneath the surface of each work, until a convincing motif finally reveals itself.

A Preview Event and Premiere Recital will take place on Sunday 15th June in the Foyer Gallery of the Clothworkers Hall

This afternoon event will be in ' three movements':

From 1.30pm - Private View of the exhibition in the Foyer Gallery of the Clothworkers Hall.

3.00pm - A dialogue between composer and painter, exploring their diverse encounters, followed by a Spanish themed recital including the premiere of the piano cycle 'Arabesques'' with projected images of related paintings, performed by Michael Bell. Tickets for this event can be purchased here.

An accompanying CD,' Steps Vol. 3: Arabesques' and an illustrated book, detailing the evolution of the project will be on sale.

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.
Seated Nude: Sitting on the ground and leaning on the seat of a chair by Roger Eliot Fry

Life Drawing

  • 2 August 2014 From 2pm

Thanks to popular demand and such wonderful feedback we are delighted to be able to offer a a new monthly life drawing event, led by tutor Rob Oldfield. These sessions will take place on the first Saturday of the month throughout the remainder of 2014.

Turn up just once, or join the group every month and develop yourpractice and technique under the tutelage of artist and designer Rob Oldfield.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of ability and experience. Please note that the model for this workshop will be nude.

Some materials will be supplied but please feel free to bring your own too.

Rob Oldfield 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. Rob's skills and experience are truly endless. As a tutor Rob encourages, advises and listens and this workshop will undoubtedly be an informative and enjoyable session for all.

This is a free workshop but please remember that spaces are limited so booking is a must!

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

Or contact us via email: or telephone: (0113) 343 2778

Suitable for

  • 18+


This is a free workshop but please remember that spaces are limited so booking is a must!

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