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February at the Galleries

Published Tuesday 24 January 2017

illustration of the Cottingley Fairies

Visit the Galleries in Parkinson Court

For further information please contact the Gallery by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: (0113) 343 9803

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Tuesday Treasure

Date of talk: Tuesday 14 February 2017
Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Cost: Free, no booking required

Join us for our monthly Tuesday Treasure - what will you discover?
February's Tuesday Treasure will explore stories written for children. Gain an insight into how authors viewed their own and each others' works by looking at letters and archives belonging to famous faces in children's literature, including Tolkien, Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome. There will also be the chance to see some beautiful books from around the world as we show different editions of fairy tales.

Drop in any time between 12 noon and 2 pm to take a look at these fascinating sources.

Cottingley Fairies in Context

Date of talk: Friday 24 February 2017
Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Cost: Free, booking required

Discover the background to the Cottingley Fairies in this free lunchtime talk.
The story of the 'Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden' is familiar to many world-wide. In this talk Heather Millard looks at the context of the photographs, taken in 1917 in a small village on the outskirts of Bradford.

This talk is free but places are limited so please book in advance online:

Talk - György Gordon : A Hungarian Artist in Britain

Date of talk: Wednesday 15 February 2017
Location: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Cost: Free, booking required

In this lecture James Hamilton will celebrate the life and work of his friend the painter György Gordon (1924-2005) who came to Britain as a refugee in 1957, and dedicated his life to the teaching and practice of painting and drawing in Yorkshire.

Gordon's Hungarian background formed the foundation of his art. The lecture will explore these roots, and touch on the influences he received in Hungary, and in Britain from some of his fellow Hungarians who were also forced to flee their country.

Throughout his life, Gordon wove the unique art training he received in Budapest, and the intense suffering he witnessed there, into an art that is at once personal and universal. Over his final decades, the 1980s and 1990s, Gordon's art flowered into a new lyricism powered by his full acceptance of the events that drove the passions of his youth.

Dr James Hamilton was Keeper of Art at Wakefield City Art Gallery 1974-76, Keeper of the Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, 1976-84, and director of the Yorkshire Contemporary Art Group, 1984-89. He was University Curator at the University of Birmingham from 1992 until his retirement in 2013. His books include 'Turner - A Life' (1997) and 'A Strange Business - Making Art and Money in Nineteenth Century Britain' (2015).

This talk is free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

To book your place, please visit our online booking system:

Peter Murray CBE on György Gordon and the artistic landscape of Wakefield

Date of talk: Monday 20 February 2017
Location: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Time: 18:30 - 19:30
Cost: Free, booking required

Peter Murray CBE, founding and Executive Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park talks about his friend and collaborator György Gordon and the evolution of culture in Wakefield and across West Yorkshire

Following Peter Murray's insightful speech at the opening reception of The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery's current temporary exhibition 'György Gordon (1924-2005) A retrospective' we are privileged to offer a further opportunity to hear Peter Murray talk in person about his friendship with the artist and their significant involvement in the cultural, artistic and pedagogical landscape of Wakefield and beyond.

The talk will explore Gordon and Murray's extraordinary artistic and academic contributions to our region from a personal perspective and will include a Q&A session where audience questions are welcomed. The exhibition continues until 25 February 2017.

Peter Murray founded the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 1977, Museum of the Year 2014. Prior to this he studied Fine Art and Education, taught in General, Further and Higher Education and lectured extensively throughout Britain and overseas. Until 1975 he exhibited frequently and has paintings, drawings and prints in several public and private collections.

This talk is free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential.
To book your place, please visit our online booking system: