Celebrating the legacy of the University’s Gregory Fellows

Book to attend a two-day symposium exploring the legacy of the Gregory Fellowships at the University from 1950-1980.

The symposium on 14 and 15 June will bring together scholars, both established and emerging, as well as artists and poets, to consider the impact and legacy of the Fellowships and share new research. 

The event will close with discussion of cultural fellowships by Simon Armitage, Helen Mort and others.

The Gregory Fellowships in the Creative Arts were instituted at the University by patron Eric Craven Gregory. The ambition was to bring younger artists into close touch with the youth of the country so they may influence it.

Fellowships in Painting, Sculpture, Poetry and Music were established, and encouraged significant artistic and literary activity at the University, as well as more widely in the city of Leeds and the local region during the period in which the Fellows were active.

This symposium – a collaboration between the University, the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery – was conceived in response to this important cultural legacy of the city. 

Important collections of painting and sculpture by Gregory Fellows, held by the University, Leeds Art Gallery and further afield, have inspired numerous exhibitions over the years, including at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery devoted to Kenneth Armitage in 2017 and Austin Wright in 2017-18.

This event will be a valuable opportunity for further discourse surrounding the Fellowships and their legacy.

Day one: 14 June 2018, 12.45 – 7.30pm at the Workshop Theatre

Day one of the symposium will focus on the Poetry fellowships. An evening recital of works by Kenneth Leighton, Gregory Fellow in Music, will round off the day.

Day two: 15 June 2018, 10am – 6.30pm at the Henry Moore Institute

Day two will focus on the Painting and Sculpture Fellowships, followed by a round-table discussion on the future of cultural fellowships with Helen Mort, Simon Armitage and others.


Tickets for each day are £5 per person, or free to students (must take a valid student ID). Tickets include refreshments and lunch on day two.

Book a place online or contact Research Coordinator Kirstie Gregory for further information. 

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