Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds

Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds
Parkinson Building
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS2 9JT
England

Website

www.leeds.ac.uk/gallery

E-mail

gallery@leeds.ac.uk

Telephone

Gallery

0113 343 2778

Office

0113 343 2777

Fax

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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Sat, 10.00-17.00

Closed: Sun
Holidays

Admission charges

Free

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.
oil painting showing man on a horse at a farm building

George Morland: In the Margins

  • 18 March — 11 July 2015 *on now

This exhibition looks at migrants and margins in the work of the painter George Morland (1763-1804), a popular painter whose lifestyle and early death earned him lasting notoriety.

Over 250 of his works are held by public collections in the UK and US alone. His paintings of smugglers, gypsies, pedlars, soldiers, and families, which represent some of his best compositions, as well as how they mirrored his own life, raise compelling questions about who, and where, is 'marginal' in society.

There has been no exhibition of his work since a small show in Reading in 1975, and no substantial discussion of his work since a thesis written in Stanford in 1977, and a chapter in John Barrell's book Dark Side of the Landscape in 1980. His pictures resonate with contemporary issues such as migration and marginality in a way that was not evident thirty years ago.

The exhibition, which will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue with critical essays by Dr Grindle, Dr Kerry Bristol (Leeds) and Dr Martin Purvis (Leeds).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://library.leeds.ac.uk/features/409/article/107/george_morland_in_the_margins

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.
Talking Pictures

Talking Pictures

  • 25 April 2015 11am-4pm *on now
  • 2 May 2015 11am-4pm

Mary Cooper, who has written extensively for stage, screen and radio including seven single dramas for BBC Radio Four, will encourage participants to look closer at the figures in George Morland's paintings and bring them to life through the creation of audio drama.

Whether families, smugglers, slaves, gypsies or ladies taking tea, Morland's characters lean towards each other as if in speech. In this workshop you will have a chance to animate these scenes and to imagine what is being said. Over two Saturday workshops, you will develop a character, experiment with dialogue, write a scene and make a recording.

On April 25, Exhibition Curator, Layla Bloom, will introduce the context of Morland's work. With guidance from Mary, participants will then choose a character from one of the pictures, explore characterisation and begin to write their own dialogue.

In Part 2 of this workshop, taking place on May 2, Mary will be joined by actor, director and voice coach, Olwen May, to explore the dialogue produced the previous week. Olwen and Mary will work with participants to rehearse and make an audio recording of the scenes.

Mary Cooper originally trained as a newspaper journalist. She now writes for stage, radio and screen, as well as writing poetry and narrative text. Her work ranges from historical dramas for BBC Radio 4 to a book of stories based on the contemporary lives of families on an estate in West Yorkshire.

Olwen May has an extensive TV and Theatre CV. She has just finished filming for the BBC's drama 'Happy Valley' and has appeared in 'Inspector George Gently'. Olwen was part of a long standing storyline in 'Coronation Street' playing the no-nonsense, D.S Malone. She is also regularly to be heard in BBC Radio Four drama. Hear her in action on...

Suitable for ages 16 +

Places are limited so please book online in advance. There is a £10 fee which covers both these workshops. Please ensure that you can attend both sessions!

Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch. There are a number of cafes nearby.

For further information please contact the gallery directly by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: 0113 3432778.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Places are limited so please book online in advance. There is a £10 fee which covers both these workshops. Please ensure that you can attend both sessions!

Website

http://talking-pictures.eventbrite.co.uk/

Imagined Landscapes

Imagined Landscapes

  • 9 May 2015 1:30-4pm

Drawing inspiration from our current exhibition George Morland: In the Margins, and from the landscapes around you on campus, this family friendly workshop will encourage participants to create their own personal, imagined landscape scenes.

This informal workshop will begin with the chance to go out as a group and to explore the University's campus. Using simple drawing and observation techniques participants will be encouraged to record the world around them before moving back inside to create their own unique, large landscape pictures. The opportunity to experiment with different techniques and materials including print and collage will be open to all. And once finished, each budding artist can roll up their landscape to take home and show to family and friends!

Depending on the weather, at least 30 minutes of this workshop may be spent outside exploring so please wear something warm! Hot drinks, juice and biscuits will be available for all brave explorers before the messy part of the workshop gets underway!

This is a free workshop open to children over the age of 6.

There are limited spaces available so please book in advance. http://imagined-landscapes.eventbrite.co.uk A £5 refundable booking fee will be charged upon booking. This will be returned upon arrival at the event. Refunds within 48 hours of the event will not be eligible for a refund.

For further information please contact the Gallery directly by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: 0113 3432778

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

There are limited spaces available so please book in advance. A £5 refundable booking fee will be charged upon booking. This will be returned upon arrival at the event. Refunds within 48 hours of the event will not be eligible for a refund.

Website

http://imagined-landscapes.eventbrite.co.uk

Detail from, Morning, or The Benevolent Sportsman © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Peripherals | Life on the Modern Margins

  • 14 May 2015 5-7pm

Within the gallery spaces of The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, students from the University's School of Performance and Cultural Industries will draw upon paintings in the current George Morland exhibition and use spoken word, physical theatre and interactive technology to challenge pre-conceived ideas of how marginalized groups are regarded in 21st century society. Inspired by working with local charities, the organisers of this event have fused real life experiences in Leeds as they see it today, alongside six artistic impressions of marginalized groups as represented by Morland at the end of the 18th century.

Morland's work and this evening's performance offer an artistic impression of the homeless, and travelling community, alongside other marginalized groups, that is both shocking and realistic. Get ready to challenge everyday prejudices and perceptions in a unique artistic event unlike anything you have ever experienced before!

This event has been organised to coincide with Museums at Night, which will explode into life from Wednesday 13 - Saturday 16 May 2015 and Friday 30 - Saturday 31 October 2015. This biannual UK-wide festival attracts visitors into museums, galleries and heritage sites who, like us, throw their doors open after hours and put on special evening events. Visit their website to find out about more events happening in Leeds and beyond.

This is a free event, open to all. A repeat performance will take place in the Gallery on Saturday 16 May at 2pm.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://library.leeds.ac.uk/events/410/start/14-05-2015/end/14-05-2015/year/2015/month/05

The Old Red Lion Inn, by George Morland

Write Me a Picture | Creative Writing with Suzannah Evans

  • 16 May 2015 11am-1pm

Take part in our popular creative writing workshop led by award-winning poet Suzannah Evans and in this workshop take inspiration from our current exhibition of paintings by 18th century British painter George Morland (1763-1804).

George Morland was the most notorious artist in Britain at the time of his death in 1804. His paintings enjoyed a stellar reputation which was enhanced by stories about his fabulous earnings, prodigal spending, legendary drinking, and staggering debt. He was also renowned for his associations with smugglers, gypsies and pugilists. These social groups and the themes of marginalisation and migrants are common in much of his work and this exhibition serves to draw attention to this.

In Suzannah's workshop, participants will be encouraged to engage in creative writing exercises based upon contemporary issues such as migration and marginality, the central themes in the exhibition.

Suzannah Evans lives in Sheffield and runs regular workshops at The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery in Leeds. Her poetry has been widely published in magazines including Magma, The Rialto, The North, Brittle Star and Iota.

This workshop is suitable for all experience levels, whether you're interested in creative writing, art or a bit of both! Open to ages 16+

This is a free workshop but places are limited so please book online in advance: http://write-me-a-picture-morland.eventbrite.co.uk

Contact the Gallery directly for more information. By email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: 0113 3432778

Booking for this event will open on Thursday 16 April 2015 at 9am.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

his workshop is suitable for all experience levels, whether you're interested in creative writing, art or a bit of both! Open to ages 16+

This is a free workshop but places are limited so please book online in advance

Website

http://write-me-a-picture-morland.eventbrite.co.uk/

Ceramic Box Sculptures

Ceramic Box Sculptures with Mark Burns Cassell

  • 23 May 2015 1:30-4pm

Join the ever popular and very talented ceramic artist Mark Burns Cassell in this afternoon ceramics workshop inspired by the public works of art on display around the University of Leeds campus.
Participants will focus particularly on the bold, modernist forms of the stone and concrete works around campus, and use their striking, confident angles and shapes to inspire their own ceramic box sculptures.

Mark will be on hand to demonstrate the techniques used in the creation of our sculptural pieces, offering one to one support and guidance throughout the workshop. At the end of the session all work will be taken away for drying and firing, and will be returned to the gallery for participants to collect. A glazing workshop will take place as a follow up to this workshop, in early June 2015.

This workshop is open to all over the age of 14.

Places are limited so please book in advance. http://ceramic-box-sculptures.eventbrite.co.uk

A £5 refundable booking fee will be charged upon booking. This will be returned upon arrival at the event. Refunds within 48 hours of the event will not be eligible for a refund.

For further information please contact the Gallery directly by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: 0113 3432778

Booking for this event opens on Thursday 23 April 2015, at 9am.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Places are limited so please book in advance.

A £5 refundable booking fee will be charged upon booking. This will be returned upon arrival at the event. Refunds within 48 hours of the event will not be eligible for a refund.

Website

http://ceramic-box-sculptures.eventbrite.co.uk

Bohemians and Marginal Communities in the 18th Century: George Morland in Context

Bohemians and Marginal Communities in the 18th Century: George Morland in Context

  • 29 May 2015 9am-5pm

To coincide with our current exhibition George Morland: In the Margins, the Gallery is delighted to welcome experts and academics from a range of fields, to discuss the wider context of Morland's work. These speakers will include the exhibition's guest-curator Dr Nick Grindle (UCL); Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University, Christiana Payne; social geographer, Dr Martin Purvis; independent art historian, Dr Anthony Lynch; and UEA MPhil student Francesca Bove.

The speakers will address representations of social margins in Morland's artistic output and look at the parallels between his life and works. What can his representation of gypsies, smugglers, pedlars and families tell us about the societal conditions of the late 1800s and how do they reflect our own times? Morland was living on the brink of industrialisation, witnessing an increasingly capitalist culture and significant, sudden movements of people around the country; conditions which are still relevant to modern-day Britain. The worries of Morland's contemporaries about the moral character and palatability of his works raises questions surrounding class relations and art's role as social commentary and criticism.

This event is kindly supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

This event will be enriched by further events and workshops on Saturday 30 May, including a performance workshop led by Dr Adam Stickson and a gold leaf and gilding activity led by artist Rob Oldfield. (Further information about these events to follow)

For further information and about how to book onto this symposium, please contact the gallery directly by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: 0113 3432778

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

Please email the gallery to inquire about booking to attend this event.
gallery@leeds.ac.uk

Website

http://library.leeds.ac.uk/events/410/start/29-05-2015/end/29-05-2015/year/2015/month/05

What they told me was quieter than tree trunks

What they told me was quieter than tree trunks

  • 30 May 2015 2:30-4pm

A unique event organised to complement our symposium addressing the life and work of George Morland.

In this session, writer and theatre director Adam Strickson will read from his own writing about those who struggle to have a voice in mainstream society, including Travellers and refugees, and will relate this to George Morland's life and paintings. Expect powerful and informative poetry and prose, lively chat about the paintings and insights into Morland's work.

Adam is part-time Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Leeds, and specialises in poetry, scripts and libretti about other people's lives. His recent work ranges from the acclaimed Cultural Olympiad 2012 opera, 'Amy's Last Dive' (based on the life of pilot Amy Johnson) to 'The Saga of Us' for Bolton Octagon Theatre, a play about the struggles of Bangladeshi men in Burnley. He is known for entertaining readings that move and inform. Adam has been poet in residence at Ilkley Literature Festival, the Lincolnshire town of Boston and Trinity Leeds. He is a trustee of 6 million+, making links between Holocaust Survivors and Asylum Seekers, and has been Chair of Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary.

What they say about his work:

'Zest, fun, passion and colour' - The Metro

'To say that Adam Strickson's work is provocative is to beggar understatement. What he proves is that you can perform a real social function without sacrificing the imagination and the art' - Playwright David Edgar

'Fascinating, unpatronising and fresh' - BBCi

This is a free event but places are limited so booking is essential. Please book online: http://morland-literary-event.eventbrite.co.uk

The event is open to all over the age of 16.

For further information about this event, or the George Morland Symposium please contact the Gallery directly via email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: 0113 3432778

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

This is a free event but places are limited so booking is essential. Please book online.

Website

http://morland-literary-event.eventbrite.co.uk

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