Published in 2018 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery refurbishment and to coincide with the exhibition 'Transformation' (19 April - 28 July 2018)
by Layla Bloom
Published by The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, April 2018.
26pp plus cover, 210 x 240 mm
39 colour images (inc. cover), 3 black and white images
2018 marks ten years since the re-opening of the University’s art gallery, following a major redevelopment and expansion. Renamed in honour of its long-term benefactors, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery was launched on 6 March 2008. The enlarged and enhanced spaces – the incisive vision of the Gallery’s Keeper, Dr Hilary Diaper, made possible through the generosity of Audrey Burton – enabled displays of the University Art Collection on a scale previously impossible.
Ten years on from the Gallery’s major transformation, it is an opportune time to consider what the Burton family have made possible. Not only did their benefaction support the creation of the gallery, but it also opened up a space for the University to engage a wide public with its art collection. Today, the Gallery is a site for research visits, teaching sessions, workshops with school groups, public talks and events. The decades of work by its first curators, Phyllis Winning and Hilary Diaper, to assemble and catalogue the University Art Collection converged with the physical development of the Gallery space and its team, enabling a rich and lively presentation of the University Art Collection for the public.
The exhibition catalogue, Transformation: Revealing the University Art Collection, tells the wider story of the Gallery and its exhibitions.