In the spirit of the New Year offering a fresh start, we are pleased to reintroduce ourselves. The Leeds University Library Galleries, encompassing The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and Treasures of the Brotherton, are located in the Parkinson Building on the University of Leeds’ campus, close to Leeds City Centre. We are free and open to all, so please pop in and say hello!
First established in 1970, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery offers innovative art exhibitions from the University Art Collection. Displays change regularly and artists on show can vary from JMW Turner to Ben Nicholson and back again. Our current main exhibition, ‘Lessons in the Studio: Studio in the Seminar’, brings together the art and the ideas of many artists, thinkers and students who have shaped and expanded the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University over the last seven decades. Our second exhibition ‘Book – Space’ explores visual responses to the book, text and reading from the late nineteenth century onwards.
Across Parkinson Court you can find the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, permanently displaying treasures from the Leeds University Library’s Special Collections. The display includes original material written by the Brontës, stunning illuminated medieval manuscripts and rare books from across the globe. Here you can also discover the influence of Herbert Read, in an exhibition that explores the life of the man who was an anarchist, art critic and poet. Alongside the exhibition ‘Art in an Electric Atmosphere: the Library and Archive of Herbert Read’ a new projected video work by Glasgow-based and Yorkshire-born collage artist Stephen Sutcliffe is being showcased.
You can also join us for a lively programme of events throughout the year. Get a sneak preview of the latest exhibitions at exclusive launch events, get crafty at creative social activities, or discover the stories behind the collections at free talks. Our regular activities include:
Drop in and draw with us every Friday afternoon with Sketch Club. Fridays, 12:30 – 15:30.
Hone your creative writing skills at our free weekly drop-in Pen to Paper. Wednesdays, 12:30 – 15:30.
Visit our monthly Tuesday Treasure to get close-up with our collections. Monthly, 12:00 – 14:00.
Join experienced artist and tutor Rob Oldfield for our Life Drawing workshops. Monthly, Saturdays 14:00 – 16:00, booking required.
From January 2020 our Galleries’ opening hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 – 17:00.
The Galleries are fully accessible, via the gold lift located to the right of the Parkinson Building main entrance steps. Assistance dogs are welcome and there are hearing aid induction loops in the galleries as well as large print exhibition guides.
You can find out about car parking for disabled blue badge holders here. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any special requirements, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. We look forward to seeing you soon!