Leeds University Library

March at the Galleries

Published Tuesday 21 February 2017

Picture of feminist protesters

Russian Revolution, International Women's Day, sculpture, art, workshops

Opening Reception - Caught in the Russian Revolution

Date: Wednesday 1 March 2017
Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Cost: Free

Join us to celebrate the opening of our special exhibition, Caught in the Russian Revolution: The British Community in Petrograd, 1917-1918

Everyone is invited to the opening reception for the latest special exhibition at the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery.

Following an introduction by Richard Davies, archivist of the Leeds Russian Archive and curator of the exhibition, get an after-hours look at Caught in the Russian Revolution, and enjoy refreshments at this free evening event.

The exhibition explores the eyewitness accounts of British families who were caught up in the tumultuous events of 1917, revealing how their lives were changed forever.

Let us know you are coming to the opening reception by registering here:

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

Mendelssohn in Leeds

Date: Thursday 2 March 2017
Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court
Time: 13:05 - 14:00
Cost: Free, booking required

Join Peter Holman, Bryan White and Fiona Smith as they discuss Felix Mendelssohn's chorale cantata 'Christe, du Lamm Gottes'.

Hear the story of how the autograph manuscript of Mendelssohn's work came to be in the Brotherton Collection at Leeds University Library, and explore the composer's response to his immersion in the music of J.S. Bach.

The piece will be performed by Leeds Baroque and the School of Music at the Young Mendelssohn and Mozart concert on 12 March: 


There will be an opportunity to view some Special Collections Mendelssohn material on display after the talk.

This is a free talk but places are limited so please book in advance: https://mendelssohn_in_leeds_talk.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information, please email gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone 0113 3439803.

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

Date: Saturday 4 March 2017
Location: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Cost: £10, booking required

Join us in our monthly Life Drawing class with Gallery favourite and tutor extraordinaire, Rob Oldfield.

This workshop is open to everyone, from newcomers who want to take up a hobby through to experienced artists looking to hone their sketching skills.

Materials will be supplied but please feel free to bring your own too.

Rob Oldfield has been leading our life drawing classes since August 2014 and everyone is a fan! Rob is a York-based artist, graphic designer, sign-writer, art technician and tutor. He has modelled for life classes for many years as well as teaching life drawing to his students. As a tutor, Rob encourages, advises and listens so please do come along and take advantage of his skills and experience.

Suitable for ages 16 +

Please note there is a £10 charge for this workshop.

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


For further information please contact the Gallery by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: (0113) 343 2778

Lunchtime Talk - Women after War

Date: Wednesday 8 March 2017
Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Cost: Free, booking required

Celebrating International Women's Day this talk explores the position of women after the First and Second World Wars.

As part of a FOAR2000 research project this talk looks at the change to the lives of women who worked during the Wars. From munitions to arms service, women served across the country, and have inspiring stories that have never been shared.

The talk will explore what happened to women after the Wars, focusing on the stories of Olive, Ada and Eve, and looking at if they carried on working, if they started a family, and if in general their livelihoods and their prospects were changed by undertaking war work.

The focus of the research project, and talk, will be on the lives of ordinary women with the aim to tell stories that have not been highlighted before. 

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


For more information, please contact the Gallery by email (gallery@leeds.ac.uk) or telephone (0113 3439803).

Feminist Archive North display for International Women's Day

Date: Thursday 9 March 2017
Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court
Time: 12:00 - 16:00
Cost: Free, drop-in activity

This display of posters, badges and more celebrates the creativity of feminist activism over the last five decades.

For one day only join us to celebrate the Feminist Archive North (FAN). Through a fascinating display of items, uncover the role of women's campaigning for local and global causes through the decades.

Highlighting this year's International Women's Day theme #BeBoldForChange the display will delve into the Feminist Archive to showcase local activism from anti-apartheid to campaigns against domestic violence. On display for a limited time will be items including feminist journals, posters, eye catching t-shirts, badges and other ephemera.

Join us anytime between 12pm and 4pm, to discover more about the history of feminist campaigning, and about the FAN.

Opening Reception - 'Kenneth Armitage: Sculpture and drawing of the 1950s'

Date: Tuesday 14 March 2017
Location: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Cost: Free

Celebrate the opening of the latest exhibition at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery with a glass of wine and opening speech by John McEwen, Trustee of the Kenneth Armitage Foundation.

The exhibition brings Armitage's Gregory Fellowship sculptures and drawings of the 1950s 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.

Let us know you are coming to the opening reception by registering here:


For further information please contact the Gallery by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: (0113) 343 2778

Tuesday Treasure

Date: Tuesday 14 March 2017
Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Cost: Free, drop-in activity

Join us for our monthly Tuesday Treasure - what will you discover?

March's Tuesday Treasure will explore the idea of utopia and the ideal book. We will be looking at two important copies of the novel 'Utopia' (1516) by Thomas More, alongside other beautifully crafted works of utopian fiction such as 'News from Nowhere' (1890) by William Morris. The session will highlight the production methods and collection histories of various rare books, in order to explore the notion of an ideal book much like the ideal society envisaged by 'Utopia'.

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

Lunchtime Talk - Caught in the Russian Revolution: The British Community in Russia in 1917

Date: Thursday 23 March 2017
Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Cost: Free, booking required

Discover what happened to Britons living in Russia around the time of the 1917 Russian Revolution in this free talk. 

The security and happiness the British community had enjoyed in Russia since the 18th century were shattered when they lost everything after the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917 and were repatriated to a home country some of them barely knew.

Join Richard Davies, curator of the Caught in the Russian Revolution exhibition and archivist and founder of the Leeds Russian Archive, as he discusses what happened to Britons living in Russia around the time of the Revolution in 1917.

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

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


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