University Gallery’s contribution to scholarship recognised by HEFCE

The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery has been awarded a £50,000 share of HEFCE funding for HE museums and galleries which make a significant contribution to research and scholarship.


The funding was agreed following an independent review by experts from the museum and higher education sectors, chaired by Diane Lees CBE, Director-General of the Imperial War Museums.

The application process was highly competitive, and the panel noted the outstanding quality and compelling evidence provided in the submissions.

Diane Lees said: “As a panel, we found a truly inspiring array of case studies which demonstrated the range of research that university museums, galleries and collections carry out. The total funding requested exceeded the total funding available, and the quality of the submissions did not make this an easy process.”

University Librarian Stella Butler said: “We are delighted to be receiving HEFCE funding. This support will enable us to share our wonderful collections with communities and individuals beyond the campus. Academic colleagues work with us to prepare our exhibitions and events enriching the cultural landscape of Leeds and West Yorkshire.”

The Gallery, which is open to the public, hosts both the University’s exceptional art collection and innovative temporary exhibitions. Past exhibitions have included a major retrospective of Maurice de Sauzmarez’s work, opened by his former student Sir James Dyson, and a yearly exhibition that showcases the work of the top students from the University’s School of Design and School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.

The gallery also cares for the University’s successful Public Art programme, which includes the recent loan of Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Dual Form’ and the re-instatement of Hubert Dalwood’s ‘Untitled Bas-Relief’.

The events programme takes inspiration from the art collection and exhibition on display, previous events have included guest lectures, artist workshops and regional and national events such as Light Night and Museums at Night.

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