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All day Write on Wednesday

People writing in Treasures of the Brotherton

Every Wednesday during Spring Break // 10:00 – 17:00 // Treasures of the Brotherton, Parkinson Building

Drop in and write! Whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer, pull up a stool and enjoy looking at objects and works you may never have noticed before.

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All day Sketch Club

People drawing in The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Every Friday during Spring Break // 10:00 – 17:00 // The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Parkinson Building

Chat with fellow art appreciators or simply indulge your creativity in a calm, inspiring atmosphere. No need to book in advance, just turn up and draw!

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Student Projects

Student Ambassador

Meet our 2023-24 Student Ambassador Saba! Saba is working with our Learning and Engagement Team to help put on events and opportunities for students, including coming up with ideas for Fresh Start Festival and planning creative workshops.

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You can get a feel for the kind of things our Student Ambassadors get up to over on the blog. Our 2022-23 Student Ambassador Cara has written all about her experience of working with us - give it a read here.

Cara, a white woman with red hair wearing a pink tshirt, stood behind a stall covered in Galleries merch and a purple tablecloth with white writing which reads "Your Galleries on Campus"

Event Volunteers

Our 2022-23 Event Volunteers planned and hosted a weaving workshop for a group of refugee and asylum seekers, supported by LASSN (Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network), as part of the Welcoming Migrants project. The weavings were stitched together to create one large, vibrant work, included as part of a display about the project in The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery.

A group of people sat around a large table covered in a brown table cloth, creating weavings from brightly coloured threads

A text panel with the title "Weaving Together" beside a colourful hanging weaving and a painting of an abstract landscape in oranges and browns, all on a white gallery wall.

Digital Content Creator Volunteers

Our volunteers produce fantastic digital content for our social media and online platforms, providing even more ways for you to engage with our exhibitions and collections:

Take a journey around campus and chat to students all about maps with 2022-23 volunteer Matthew over on our TikTok – inspired by our 2023 exhibition ‘Shifting Borders: A Journey to the Centre of Our Worlds’.

Matthew, a white man with dark hair wearing a navy coat, pointing at objects in glass cases in Treasures of the Brotherton

If long-form video is more your vibe, check out our YouTube channel where you can explore a not-so Shakespearean tale with 2021-22 volunteer Callum and hear artist interviews conducted by 2021-22 volunteer Emilia alongside our 2022 exhibition ‘Seeing Stars’. Or get inspired by the famous Brontë siblings with 2022-23 volunteer Mia as she asks whether childhood interests followed you into adulthood, and invites you to share your stories using #LittleBookLittleMe

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You’ll also find more great student content on our blog. Have a read of an immensely personal response to our 2022 exhibition ‘Poem, Story & Scape in the work of Kevin Crossley-Holland’ by 2021-22 volunteer Isabel. Or if you’ve ever thought about joining us for Sketch Club but aren’t sure what to expect, our 2022-23 volunteer Isabelle gives you the lowdown here. Spoilers: “Sketch Club is the best spot for a Friday afternoon creative breather” – Isabelle’s words, not ours!

Isabelle, a white woman with blonde hair, sitting on a gallery stool with a clipboard and pencil drawing paintings in The Stanley &amp; Audrey Burton Gallery.

And who wouldn’t want to know what your favourite library says about you? Our 2022-23 volunteer Heidi has created a BuzzFeed-esque, part art guide part personality quiz to spill the tea on your library preferences – with some art recommendations to boot! Take the quiz.

Collage of five photographs of libraries on the University of Leeds campus. From left to right: Special Collections, Laidlaw, Health Sciences, Edward Boyle and Brotherton.



Check back here for new opportunities to get involved and gain experience with the Galleries. We tend to advertise these at the start of the academic year. 

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