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.
Open page spread including text and image from Lyra Germanica

Forgotten Victorian Women Translators: The religious lives and literary work of Susanna and Catherine Winkworth

  • 12 September — 24 November 2018 *on now

Susanna and Catherine Winkworth were Victorian women who translated theological texts. They contributed to religious and intellectual debates in the mid-19th century. This was a bold undertaking because the field of theology was then dominated by men.

Discover a revealing selection of their photographs, private letters and published books. These include their lively correspondence with novelists Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte. The Winkworth's written memories of philosopher James Martineau and German Historian, Chevalier Bunsen also shed important light on their careers.

Their books were published in a variety of mass produced and handmade editions. They often contain ornamented illustrations by established artists of the time.

The exhibits belong largely to Leeds University Library’s collections. Some items have been kindly lent from the private collection of Dr Rachel Webster.


Free and open to all


Nicole Keeley, Tide Mark series. 2017. Photographic print

Exhibition Preview - Still Life: Things Devouring Time

  • 20 November 2018 6-8pm

An exhibition exploring consumer culture and social, environmental and sustainability issues relevant today. Bringing together contemporary still life artwork and historic Dutch still life paintings.
Through the medium of still life this exhibition looks at things made from non-biodegradable materials and people’s inclination to collect possessions. It explore how these behaviours contradict the concept of "tempus edax rerum" – time as devourer of all things.

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr Dawn Woolley (Leeds Arts University), and is generously supported by Leeds Arts University.

Image: Nicole Keeley, Tide Mark series. 2017. Photographic print

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Image: Nicole Keeley, Tide Mark series. 2017. Photographic print

Still Life: Things Devouring Time

  • 21 November 2018 — 23 March 2019

Bringing historic Dutch still life paintings together with works by contemporary artists Simon Ward, Dawn Woolley, Caroline McCarthy and Nicole Keeley the exhibition builds on the historical exploration of consumerisation.

The contemporary still life artworks refresh the historical genre, for example, by focusing on the issue of environmental pollution. Contemporary consumer society is characterised by an overabundance of plastic - a material which features in the artworks on display.

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr Dawn Woolley (Leeds Arts University), and is generously supported by Leeds Arts University.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free and open to all


Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds
Parkinson Building
Woodhouse Lane
West Yorkshire





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