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Griselda statue by Drury

Alfred Drury and the New Sculpture

An exhibition exploring the art and life of Alfred Drury (1856-1944): His influences, his practice and his role in the 'New Sculpture' movement.

15 January - 12 April 2014

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery are excited to be holding an exhibition dedicated to the art of Alfred Drury, one of the leading sculptors of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, and creator of the much-talked-of bronze nude light standards in City Square, Leeds. The exhibition, curated by art historian Ben Thomas, tours to Leeds from The University of Kent's Studio 3 Gallery.

The exhibition will review the art and life of Alfred Drury RA (1856-1944), addressing the formative influences on his sculptural practice and his role in the New Sculpture movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Included within the exhibition will be some of Drury's most important, smaller-scale, sculptural works, including his most characteristic masterpieces Griselda, The Age of Innocence and Lilith.

Drury was arguably one of the central figures in the New Sculpture movement because he combined in his art the realism of the great French sculptor Aimé-Jules Dalou (1838-1902), with whom he had a long professional relationship, and the Michelangelo-esque vision of Alfred Stevens (1818-75), whose art he revered and whose drawings he collected.

Alongside sculptural works by Alfred Drury, the exhibition will display paintings and medals by the artist, and also documents and photographs from the period. The exhibition will also include works by Aimé Jules Dalou, Auguste Rodin, Lord Leighton, and Alfred Stevens.

Alfred Drury and the New Sculpture will be on display at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery from Wednesady 15th January to Sunday 13th April 2014. The gallery is open to the public, Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm. Admission FREE.

This exhibition has been made possible with the kind support of grants from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Henry Moore Foundation and the Leeds Art Fund.


The exhibition will be accompanied by a full programme of related events, including the popular Burton Saturdays, free creative activities suitable for all ages. Full details can be found on our events pages.


Associated events

Embroidery detail by Becki Harper, 2013 © Becki Harper
Beginners Embroidery
Saturday 11 January 2014 14:00 - 16:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
Detail from Marie Bashkirseff, In the Studio, 1881, Oil on Canvas.
Life Drawing
Saturday 18 January 2014 14:00 - 16:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
fountain pen for creative writing
Great Creative Writing!
Saturday 8 February 2014 14:00 - 16:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
sketch of life model
Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield
Saturday 15 February 2014 14:00 - 16:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
Even Image © Bob Speel
Public Sculpture in Leeds: A Walking Tour
Saturday 15 March 2014 14:00 - 16:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
Griselda statue by Drury
Alfred Drury: "The Child is father of the Man"
Wednesday 19 March 2014 17:00 - 19:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
Griselda statue by Drury
Ben Read in conversation with Jolyon Drury
Thursday 27 March 2014 18:00 - 20:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
images of medals and casts
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Saturday 5 April 2014 14:00 - 16:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

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