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We welcome schools, colleges and other interested groups to explore and learn from the art gallery's collections


The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery provides opportunities for schools, community groups, students and teachers to engage with art, education and the University Collections. Our schools and community engagement project, Footsteps into Art, facilitates learning in an art context. We also offer a range of individually tailored workshops.


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Footsteps into Art

About Footsteps into Art

Footsteps into Art is a three year project to engage with five Primary schools within walking distance of the University.

We aim to inspire a love of art and art-making and to promote curious, critiquing, questioning minds, as well as a hoard of mini artists!

In 2015-16 the themes were learning to look and question, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Please look at our online gallery to see what we have been up to and read our blog to uncover the thoughts and experiences of those involved.

How it works

One year group from each school is invited to take part in three workshops each year at the Gallery and a further two workshops in the school. Many of the children that start the project in the first year will stay with us for the full three years.

The schools we are working with are:

  • Blenheim Primary School
  • Brudenell Primary School
  • Little London Community Primary School
  • Quarry Mount Primary School
  • Rosebank Primary School.

Community participation

Community sessions will complement the project's work in schools. These community workshops will engage with the families of the children who are participating in Footsteps into Art.

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Learning opportunities

Schools and groups are welcome to come to the Gallery for self-directed study. The Learning Coordinator welcomes suggestions and proposals for tailored or individual workshops so please get in contact if you would like to discuss potential projects.

If you are planning a self-led visit please:

  • Contact the Gallery to make sure there are no other bookings that day
  • Book your visit at least three weeks ahead of time by using the booking form and completing the Code of conduct for external organisations.
  • We recommend that teachers or group leaders visit the Gallery prior to their group visit in order to plan their session.
  • Read the visiting groups information pack which has everything you need to know about bringing a group to the Gallery.
  • Have a look at our resources for some ideas for engaging with our collection.

If you have any questions about your visit or would like help planning a session, please contact the Learning Coordinator.

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The Art Gallery is an Arts Awards Centre and is able to deliver Arts Awards Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver Awards. Please get in touch with our Learning Coordinator if you would like to discuss how we can support your child to achieve their Arts Awards Certificate.

ARTiculation Discovery Day

ARTiculation Discovery Day

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Spring 2018


New at Leeds University Library Galleries for 2018, ARTiculation Discovery Days are a great opportunity for Key Stage 4 students to engage with artworks and develop a range of skills including teamwork, research, critical thinking and public speaking. Using a range of primary and secondary sources, students work in small groups to research artworks and deliver a presentation together at the end of the day. 

The event is free of charge and lunch is provided. Maximum 8 students per school, suitable for students in years 10 and 11. 

Contact Laura Wilson, Galleries Events & Engagement Coordinator to find out more L.J.Wilson@leeds.ac.uk