The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

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

Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 17:00.
Closed Sunday, Monday, public holidays and when University buildings are closed.

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.
Artwork by Chaplin

Lessons In the Studio: Studio in the Seminar

  • 4 December 2019 — 4 April 2020 *on now

In 1949, Yorkshire-born modernist Herbert Read, alongside Bonamy Dobrée, Professor of English at the University of Leeds, proposed a Department of Fine Art to the University. It is now the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and also includes museum, heritage and curatorial studies.

Seventy years later this exhibition reflects on their radical plan, which asked the questions:

What is the role of art practice at the heart of a research university? What is the role of the university in the education of fine artists? And, what is the relation of the university to the culture of the city and the region?
The exhibition paints a portrait of their unique experiment. It brings together the art and the ideas of many artists, thinkers and students who have shaped and expanded the School over seven decades.

Also addressed are the current debates about the value, uses and abuses of culture and unease about the promotion of science and technology over arts and humanities.

Experimental in form, the show offers a chorus of voices and media across campus. It is co-curated by Sam Belinfante and Griselda Pollock.

Highlights include works by Terry Atkinson, Turner Prize-winners Elizabeth Price and Lubaina Himid. Himid was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2019 for her contribution to the University over forty years.


Newspaper print

Book — Space

  • 16 December 2019 — 28 February 2020 *on now

Discover how writers, designers and artists have approached the book. Find out not just how books can be presented but also how they are received by the reader.

On display will be original artistic contributions from Chaosmos Studio, Joe Gilmore and Clinton Cahill. They have all used the writing of modernist author James Joyce as a starting point. Their shared interest in Joyce’s work stems from this use of experimental language and also his interest in the book form. The responses on display begin with ideas from Joyce’s writing but also use them to reflect on book design, typography, photography and drawing.


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.
Visitors viewing art at launch event

Exhibition Launch - Lessons in the Studio: Studio in the Seminar

  • 28 January 2020 6-8pm

Experimental in form, Lessons in the Studio: Studio in the Seminar offers a chorus of voices and media across campus. It is co-curated by Sam Belinfante and Griselda Pollock.

Highlights include works by Terry Atkinson and Turner Prize-winner Elizabeth Price.

The exhibition opening is free to attend and all are welcome. There will be refreshments available.


A member of staff giving a talk about a painting in The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Quick Picks

  • 28 January 2020 12:30-1:15pm

We all have our favourite artworks or objects – join us in the Galleries as our staff move away from the whats, whys and wherefores of the items in the collections and offer a more informal personal viewpoint on a favourite. This could be a personal connection or anecdote, or to highlight an unusual link to another collection object. You never know, you might discover some hidden fact about a favourite painting or discover an object you have never really noticed before.

Quick Picks are only short so please don’t be late or you might miss it!

The talks are 12:30 and 12:45, then repeated at 1:00 and 1:15.


Artist's book by Déidre Kelly featuring a map

Make it Social: Artists' Books

  • 4 February 2020 5:30-8pm

From sketchbooks to fine printed editions, the book for many artists and designers today has become their primary medium. This workshop is inspired by our exhibition “Lessons in the Studio: Studio in the Seminar” in which books are an underlying theme. You will have the opportunity to look at material from the University Library’s Special Collections: historical, contemporary and some extremely rare.

Professor Chris Taylor will then guide you through the steps necessary to produce a set of small booklets that introduce the workings of the book format, basic non-glue binding techniques and creative possibilities for you to take away.

This is a social event so includes time for tasty refreshments and a natter! Chris Taylor is Professor of Fine Art Practice in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, Co-editor of the Wild Pansy Press imprint, Director of PAGES and the International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair.

Image by Déidre Kelly.




Two drawings done by attendees

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

  • 8 February 2020 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 18+

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children




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