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Kenneth Armitage ‘Linked Figures’, (detail) 1949, cast 1960 © Courtesy of the Kenneth Armitage Foundation

Kenneth Armitage: Sculpture and Drawing of the 1950s

An exhibition celebrating the work of Leeds-born sculptor Kenneth Armitage.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 6-8pm. Free, all welcome. 

Wednesday 15 March - Saturday 15 July 2017

Kenneth Armitage RA is one of Britain's most important sculptors of the post-war period and was Gregory Fellow at the University of Leeds from 1953-55. The exhibition at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery tours a selection of works following the centenary retrospective at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath in 2016.  The exhibition brings sculptures and drawings of the 1950s coinciding with the time when he undertook the prestigious and pioneering Gregory Fellowship back to Leeds and includes loans of work drawn from public and private collections across Britain. It aims to highlight the artist's strengths, especially his enduring focus on the human figure and his expressive linked figures in particular.

Guest curated by Ann Elliott and supported by the Kenneth Armitage Foundation.

This exhibition forms part of a programme of exhibitions and events across Leeds that continue to celebrate the centenary of Kenneth Armitage's birth in 2016. Armitage's public art piece Both Arms, 2000 has been on permanent display in Millennium Square, Leeds since 2001 and is joined by further works around the city Legs Walking, 2001 and Reach for the Stars, 2001. The exhibition coincides with 'Refinding: Jessie Flood Paddock and Kenneth Armitage' from 6 May - 30 July 2017 at the Tetley, Leeds. 


The Department for Culture, Media and Sport logo This exhibition has been made possible by the provision of insurance through the Government Indemnity Scheme.  The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.


Associated events

Reclining Figure Relief, 1953-54, bronze Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London / Courtesy of the Kenneth Armitage Foundation
Opening Reception - 'Kenneth Armitage: Sculpture and drawing of the 1950s'
Tuesday 14 March 2017 18:00 - 20:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Interlinking Armitage – Wire Sculpture Workshop
Interlinking Armitage – Wire Sculpture Workshop
Wednesday 29 March 2017 18:00 - 20:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Kenneth Armitage, 'Footballers', (detail), 1953,ink and wash on paper. Credit: Courtesy of Jonathan Clark Fine Art / The Kenneth Armitage Foundation
Kenneth Armitage Curator’s Tour with Ann Elliott
Friday 5 May 2017 12:30 - 13:15
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Detail from Ariadne and Bacchus, by Edmund Dulac (1882-1953), watercolour, 1933
View details of past exhibitions and displays in the Gallery.