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.
Nostalgia & Progress: Illustration after the Second World War

Nostalgia & Progress: Illustration after the Second World War

  • 12 November 2014 — 28 February 2015 *on now

This exhibition continues The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery's exhibition series exploring the history of British book illustration (with Fancy and Imagination: Aubrey Beardsley and the Book Illustrators in 2010 and Austerity & Invention: Illustration Between the Wars in 2012). Nostalgia & Progress: Illustration After the Second World War reviews the fertile period after the Second World War. This era was marked not only by technological progress and innovation - even in the midst of rationing - but also by nostalgia and a romanticising of the pre-war past.

The impact of post-war illustration for contemporary British illustrators has been significant. The exhibition also includes a display of contemporary work by artists who particularly reference this period, including Mark Hearld, Emily Sutton and Ed Kluz. An illustrated catalogue, with new essays on post-war illustration by James Russell, Sarah Butler, Laura Millward and Layla Bloom, will be available for sale in the Gallery shop. A full programme of related events will run alongside the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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