This year the MA student projects focus on four areas that will help you to explore the whole University. They include with the work of Emily Susan Ford, still life as a genre, the history of public art on campus and the legacies of the First World War.

Start your journey in The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery with “Rights, Justice, Faith: The Work of Emily Susan Ford”. This display helps us to understand the importance of Ford’s life, from her evolving religious and ideological beliefs, to her dedication to women’s rights activism and commitment to social reform.

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Emily S. Ford, Flying Figure (Towards the Dawn), Date unknown; University of Leeds Art Collection

Taking influence from our current exhibition, the display “Still Life: Moments in Time” takes a close look at the still life genre, asking questions about time and how it can be captured. Still life allows artists to portray the elegance of inanimate objects, either ones that are over looked in our everyday lives or which portray certain facets such as a person’s wealth and status. The exhibition challenges you to think about what you cherish and which moments you would like to capture.

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Robert Kitson, Flowers in World War I shell case, with medicine jar and Roman plaque, Casa Cuseni © Courtesy of the great-nephews and nieces of Robert Kitson. Image © University of Leeds

Moving out of the Gallery, “Public Art on Campus: A Retrospective” takes you on an adventure to discover the history behind the public art on campus, exploring the relationship between the art and the ever-changing student culture. You’ll find out why these much loved works were commissioned or purchased and what they mean to the University.

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Liliane Lijn, Converse Column, Commissioned by the University of Leeds 2018. Image © University of Leeds

After your adventure on campus, head back into the warmth and “Take 5 at the Treasures of the Brotherton”. The last of the MA projects, it asks you to take a humble five minutes out of your day to discover the hidden stories behind our exhibition “Goodbye to all that? Legacies of the First World War“. At the entrance to the Gallery you can choose a Take 5 card and learn how different people experienced the First World War. From women workers to Belgian refugees, you never know what connection you might find. Share your legacy and the #MyLegacy5 on social media.

Silk patch taken from cigarette cards depicting women’s war work, c.1914-1918; University of Leeds

Mastering the Museum’ is on display until Saturday 23rd February 2019. The displays are open to all and free to visit in The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and Treasures of the Brotherton on Monday 1pm – 5pm and Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.