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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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.
illustration of cake topped with rose petals

The Art of Baking: bread baking and cake making through the ages

  • 16 January — 21 March 2015 *on now

With baking set to continue to dominate the nation's leisure time in 2015, what better time to delve into the stacks at the University Library and discover some of the nationally renowned baking related material held here, within the Library's Special Collections.

Recipes weird and wonderful, new, old, faithful and plain disgusting, feature in this small display which highlights the wealth of material held at the University relating to the nation's new favourite pastime - baking!

Follow the development of cheesecake making from 1719 to 1833, on into the First and Second World Wars and then to the 21st Century when the American style cheesecake becomes the norm. Or plot the changing history of Layer Cakes, Gingerbread and the making of the good old fashioned 'loaf.' Experience too, the ways that writing about and instructing on techniques and methods develops over the years from scant detail to gaudy pictures to tasteful photographic documentation and unique illustration.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


oil painting showing man on a horse at a farm building

George Morland: In the Margins

  • 18 March — 11 July 2015

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


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.
Home Printed Treats

Home Printed Treats for All!

  • 14 March 2015 2-4pm

We all love baking! And a batch of beautiful cakes makes for a wonderful Mother's Day gift... So, after you've tested your baking skills and produced row upon row of buns, cakes, biscuits or bread, why not turn your mind to useful items that will make those baked treats look even more appealing? From gift tags to cake boxes, jam jar labels or recipe cards, there are lots of things that you could print to add that special touch to your own yummy creations.

On 14 March, artist Jane Kennelly will be here to lead a family friendly workshop on simple decorative printmaking - ideal for labels, cake wrappers and bun boxes - just in time for Mother's Day or if you can wait that long, for Easter too!

Jane Kennelly works in pen and ink, watercolour and printmaking. She has a long experience in education and her books are in many important collections. Her most recent was exhibited last year at the New York Centre for the Book.

This is likely to be a messy workshop. Please wear suitable clothing.

Open to ages 8+ and their families. Activities for younger siblings will be available upon request.

Please remember that spaces are limited so booking is a must! A £5 refundable deposit will be taken upon booking. This will be returned to you upon arrival at the event. Please book online:

For further information please contact: Tel: (0113) 343 2778

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • Any age


A £5 refundable deposit will be taken upon booking. This will be returned to you upon arrival at the event. Please book online:


George Morland, The Cottage Door

George Morland: The First Bohemian

  • 18 March 2015 6-7pm

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 renowned for his associations with smugglers, gypsies and pugilists, as well as his constant attempts to evade his creditors.

'Bohemians' is usually thought to be a nineteenth-century concept and this talk will show how it originated in Morland's art and life as they appeared to his contemporaries.

This is a free event but please be aware that spaces are limited. Please arrive on time to avoid disappointment.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age


Free Event, open to all.


Creativity and Resilience in World War One

Creativity and Resilience in the First World War - a drawing and discussion workshop

  • 21 March 2015 11am-1pm

During the First World War, soldiers and civilians sometimes found time to draw, write poetry, sing, play instruments, put on plays, tell jokes and produce satirical magazines. After the war, creative activity may have been helpful in coming to terms with wartime experiences.

In this workshop, we will be looking at sketchbooks, poems, artworks, artefacts and magazines in the Liddle Collection that show how those at the front, and those back home, coped with their wartime experiences in creative, inventive and often humorous ways.

Juliet MacDonald, who is currently working as artist in residence with the Liddle Collection, will talk through these items from the perspective of a creative practitioner. Psychotherapist Andrea White will discuss ideas associated with the items in relation to the concepts of trauma and resilience. How do people draw on their own creativity in order to deal with the stresses of an uncertain and dangerous life?

In the second part of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work creatively themselves, either drawing from the items on display with suggestions for techniques and starting points from Juliet, or engaging in creative writing.

Suitable for age 14+

Free, but numbers are limited so please book online.


This is a one-off workshop organised as part of the University's programme of research and events commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Free Event.