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.
György Gordon, Self Portrait with Window I, 1991-92, oil on canvas

György Gordon (1924-2005) A retrospective

  • 19 October 2016 — 25 February 2017 *on now

Sixty years since the violence of the Hungarian Uprising in 1956, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery explores the life and work of Hungarian-born painter György Gordon. Gordon settled in Wakefield after escaping as a refugee from Hungary during Autumn 1956. The exhibition will include paintings and drawings spanning the 1950s-1990s reflecting on Gordon's life and artistic journey, from his experience as a refugee to later work exploring isolation, alienation, and old age.

György Gordon (b. 1924), gained his diploma in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest in 1953, however he soon fled his native country following the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. After a failed attempt to take refuge in America, and a short period in London, Gordon moved to Wakefield and took up post as Lecturer at the College of Art in 1964 where he taught for over 20 years. Calm and gentle in person, it was in his art that Gordon expressed the dramatic personal and political turmoil he experienced.

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.
Photo of a woman sketching a life model

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 5 November 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+


£10 - please book in advance online:

Photo of Kathy Dalwood in front of Hubert Dalwood's 'Bas Relief, 1961'

Living and working as a Gregory Fellow: A talk about Hubert Dalwood

  • 23 November 2016 12:45-1:30pm

Hubert (`Nibs`) Dalwood was awarded a Gregory Fellowship in 1955, working at the University of Leeds until 1959. During this period, he was commissioned by a number of universities including Oxford, Manchester and Liverpool.

In 1961 he received a commission to produce a large aluminium relief frieze for the student hall of residence Bodington Hall. When the residence was closed and demolished in 2013, the work was cleaned and relocated to the stage@leeds site on campus. In 2012 Historic England listed the work, Bas-Relief work of 1961, granting Grade II status, in recognition of the sculptor's 'new venture on a wholly different scale and technical complexity to anything he had previously made' and for its historic interest as an example of public art commissioning by a university.

Kathy will speak about her father's work in addition to discussing architecture and relief sculpture with Art Historian, Dr Julia Kelly.

This is a free talk but places are limited so booking in advance is advised:

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17


Free but places are limited so please book in advance online:

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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