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June at the Galleries

Published Friday 19 May 2017

Soviet Art

Life drawing, LGI anniversary, baroque recital, Soviet art

Life Drawing with Rob Oldfield

Date: Saturday 3 June 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.



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

Tuesday Treasure - Leeds General Infirmary

Date: Tuesday 13 June 2017

Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

Cost: Free, drop-in activity

June's Tuesday Treasure will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the opening of the Leeds General Infirmary in 1767, showcasing archives from the students, surgeons and nurses who worked there. Find out what it was like to train as a surgeon or nurse in the 19th century, and discover more about some of the individuals who made a mark on the history of the hospital.

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

Surprising Contemporaries - Dowland and Monteverdi

Date: Thursday 29 June 2017

Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Cost: Free, booking required

Acclaimed group ARIOSO perform music from the exciting period on the cusp of the renaissance and baroque by those close, though rather different in style, and very famous contemporaries: John Dowland (1563 - 1626) and Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643). 

This accessible repertoire, use of appropriate voices and period instruments (lute, viola da gamba, theorbo, early guitar) and stylistic period interpretation brings freshness, vitality and feeling to these works. The performers are Marie Lemaire (soprano), Emma Edgar (alto), Martin Wallace (tenor), Roger Brock (bass), Naomi Meredith (viola da gamba), Martyn Hodgson (Director, lute and theorbo). 
The programme consists of celebrated settings of ayres by Dowland - many performed before Elizabeth I, both as solo lute songs and also in the four vocal part versions he composed for the court, and instrumental works for lyra viol and lute.
Works by the most revolutionary composer of the age, Claudio Monteverdi make up the rest of the programme. Monteverdi is now recognised as one of the greatest composers of all time and primarily responsible for developing and establishing music in the new expressive 'Baroque' style.

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


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

Talk - Russian Art and the Revolution

This event is fully booked.

Date: Wednesday 21 Jun 2017

Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Join Professor David Jackson as he looks at the diversity of art forms following the Revolution of 1917 and the ways in which art sought to make its contribution to a search for a proletarian culture.

This talk will look at some of the key practitioners, styles and ideas that were prevalent following the 1917 Russian Revolution, and how art made its accommodation with the radical transformation of life under Soviet power.
Following the Revolution of 1917 the need for a new culture and a proletarian art form saw artists of varied styles and inclinations, from abstract to figurative, working in a variety of media, to serve the needs of the working masses. Whilst avant-garde styles were initially favoured by the state, the years following the Revolution and through the 1920s were a fertile period of experimentation as art sought to reassess its role in the new Soviet regime. Alongside modernists such as Kandinsky, Rodchenko and Malevich, many artists returned voluntarily to figurative art, stressing modernity of subject over style in their search for a means of addressing contemporary life that would be accessible to a mass audience.

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

David Jackson is Professor of Russian and Scandinavian Art Histories at the University of Leeds.