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New series issue no. 2 Summer 2009

s w e n s t r e c n co As the 2008-09 season comes to a close we would like to thank our audience for their continued support. We can now highlight some of the events for next season which we hope will encourage you to attend a University Concert if you have not yet done so.

Subscription Ticket Launch

The 2009-10 season sees the launch of a season ticket for all paid University Concerts for regular concert patrons this can provide you with a discount of up to 25% on the purchase of single tickets. Note that this offer will not include those events that are held in the Concert Hall but are promoted by other organisations.

Season Highlights

October sees the launch of our most ambitious concert programme yet! John Williams and John Etheridge (pictured above) will be giving one of their duo recitals in the Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, providing an ideal opportunity to hear these legends of the Guitar in an intimate setting.


Online ticket purchase

We will host the premier of a BBC commission for the 1996 Leeds Piano Competition winner Sun Wook Kim. This full-length concert will also be broadcast in the “Performance on Three” series. This performance, sponsored by Friends of University Art and Music in memory of Audrey Burton, forms part of their 20th Anniversary Celebrations. The concert series will again host four of the BBC lunchtime recitals which will be recorded for broadcast. Leeds Piano Competition winner Sun Wook Kim

The University Concert programme has its first “away day”. We are delighted to announce that, as part of the University/Opera North collaboration, one of the season’s Sunday recitals will take place in the beautifullyrestored Howard Assembly Rooms. On Sunday 25th October 2009 HAR will host a programme of Haydn quartets performed by the internationally-renowned Amsterdam Quartet. In addition we will be maintaining our eclectic programme of free Friday lunchtime recitals during term time and, a new departure, introducing occasional Wednesday evening programmes.

We now have facilities for card payment for ticket purchase via the University’s “online shop”. For those of you with online facilities, just go to www.leeds.ac.uk/music/ concerts and follow the BUY NOW link.

The 2009-10 Concerts Brochure The new brochure containing full details of these events, will be available at the beginning of September. If you are not yet on the postal mailing list but would like to be sent a copy, free of charge, please send your name and postal address to:

The Concerts Office, School of Music, University of Leeds, LEEDS LS2 9JT or e-mail details to: concerts@leeds.ac.uk. If you prefer to receive information by e-mail, sign up to our e-mailing list – this provides regular concert news and invitations to extra events such as master classes, last minute concerts etc. Just click the link on the Concerts webpage. www.leeds.ac.uk/music/ concerts

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen This internationally renowned ensemble will be performing the first concert of their 2010 Choral Pilgrimage Series in the Great Hall in February. One of the premier choral groups working today this concert will form part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations and will feature the music of composers that first brought them to public notice in a programme including music by Byrd, Tallis and Shepherd. Harry Christophers will introduce the programme in a pre-concert talk.

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen Supported by Mills and Reeve (Leeds) Friends of University Art and Music (Leeds) and The Early Music Shop.


s w e n y r e l l a g art staff Laura Robinson and Paul Whittle curated a display of materials from the University’s Special Collections related to the Gregory Fellowships in our Education Space.

... to Conceptual

A new display opened in the Permanent Collection Room of the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery in March, to celebrate the first exhibition of the gift of paintings and sculptures made to the University by the Audrey & Stanley Burton Charitable Trust. The gift includes major works by Stanley Spencer, William Scott, Terry Frost and Victor Vasarely, and adds a new dimension to the many University acquisitions enabled by the Burtons from the 1960s onwards.These form the new display, which is accompanied by a publication: For the Love of Art. Edited by Hilary Diaper, the book celebrates the Burtons’ lives, their life-long generosity and patronage of

the arts, and is available for sale from the gallery desk.

From Abstract... Temporary exhibitions at the Gallery launched in the new year with ‘Nothing Extra: New Work by Trevor Bell,’ (13 January-27 March 2009). A former Gregory Fellow in Painting (1960-63), Bell brought a series of new works to the University – quite different from the brightlycoloured abstracts he produced here as a young man. The rounded canvases, minimally painted in white and black, filled our Exhibition Space with a calm, meditative atmosphere, attracting an astonishing 4661 visitors. To complement this, Gallery

Following this, the conceptual art exhibition ‘The Object of Photography’ (7 April – 19 June 2009) challenged visitors to question the meaning and significance of photography. Four young artists based in Yorkshire – Hondartza Fraga, Joe Mawson, Ignaz Cassar and Andrew Warstat – were invited to exhibit new work, playfully and critically engaging with the medium. Funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England enabled the Gallery to offer several free public events throughout the exhibition run, as well as to produce a beautifullydesigned exhibition catalogue, with contributions from authors Rowan Bailey, Lara Eggleton, Eve Kalyva and Miguel Santos.

Visit the gallery web-site at www.leeds.ac.uk/gallery which features a blog on our news and activities.

A Malham Family of Painters: Constance Pearson

At Home and Abroad Opening at the very end of June will be ‘A Malham Family of Painters: Constance Pearson, Philippa and Katharine Holmes’ (30 June – 4 September 2009), which will no doubt be a summer family favourite. Three generations of women painters from the Yorkshire Dales will be shown together, their work mirroring the changing landscape of the Dales as well as of changing artistic styles. A catalogue

written by Hilary Diaper and Lynne Green will give context to the three women and their contribution to the region’s artistic output. Later this year, another book will be published, Letters from a Malham Kitchen, cataloguing the intriguing correspondence during WWII between Constance Pearson at the family home in Malham and her daughter Philippa, stationed in Wales. The programme of exhibitions for the new academic year promises to bring both new, international

artwork to our audience, as well as some great British favourites. It will include: • International contemporary art from the Lodeveans collection (September – November 2009) • Late drawings by St. Ives artist Wilhelmina BarnsGraham (December 2009 – February 2010) • Selected works by Alan Davie, a former Gregory Fellow in Painting (March - June 2010) • Contemporary works created by women artists in Europe on the theme of European identity (June – August 2010)


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ULITA The University of Leeds International Textiles Archive (ULITA) is currently working on a project to catalogue its constituent collections.

Part of the project involves making the collections more accessible. In recent months, ULITA’s major collections, Qing Dynasty Textiles, Japanese Stencils, Kashmir Shawls, Louisa Pesel Collection and Sample Pattern Books, along with over 80 images from the recently exhibited Tibor Reich Collection, have been made available to view via the Clothworkers’ Archive online catalogue, found on our website: www.leeds.ac.uk/ulita.

FUAM news event report FUAM provides opportunities for members to meet artists and performers, to shed further light on their work. It was on one such of these occasions that, on a slightly cool damp day, a small party of FUAM members accepted an invitation from Dales artist Katharine Holmes to visit her home and studio in the beautiful village of Malham. Katharine introduced us to her artwork and to the history of her family house, which has

been occupied by the family since her grandmother’s time. A love of painting and life in the Dales links the lives of three generations of her family and we were allowed a fascinating insight to the artwork of Katharine, her mother Philippa and grandmother Constance - an insight that can be shared in the exhibition ‘A Malham Family of Painters’ at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery (see page 5 for details). Over tea and biscuits, “The Friends” had a chance to discuss Katharine’s new work, including new paintings being prepared for the exhibition at the University.

A relaxing and enlightening day - much enjoyed by those who made the trip. For those interested in finding out more about Katharine and her work, please visit http://www. sheeranlockartgallery.com/ films/A_Brush_with_Nature. From July onwards, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery will be open regularly on Saturdays throughout the summer.

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Acknowledgement With thanks to Alex Santos

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events June-September 2009 Note: Lunchtime recitals take a break following exams and during vacation. The new season begins on Friday 2nd October Details available from September – see page 1-3 for further information. 30 June – 6-8pm Exhibition Reception: ‘A Malham Family of Painters: Constance, Philippa and Katharine Holmes,’ Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery 1 July 2009 – from 5.30pm Leeds Art Walk, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery 11 July – 12-4pm Saturday Brew in the Afternoon, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

14 July – 6-8pm Talk: Artist Katharine Holmes in conversation with Lynne Green, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery 18 July – 12-4pm Saturday Brew in the Afternoon, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery 1 August – 12-4pm Saturday Brew in the Afternoon, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery 1 August –1-3pm Family Painting Fun Afternoon, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

For more details, please visit: Art Gallery www.leeds.ac.uk/gallery Concerts www.leeds.ac.uk/music/concerts ULITA - www.ulita.leeds.ac.uk FUAM – www.leeds.ac.uk/fuam Art Gallery Summer Hours Now open Saturdays throughout the summer Mon-Sat, 10-5pm

15 August – 12-4pm Saturday Brew in the Afternoon, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery 2-3 September Ars Textrina International Textiles Conference: ‘Natural Fibres - A World Heritage,’ ULITA, Business School and School of Design 22 September – 6-8pm Exhibition Reception: ‘Obsession: Contemporary Art from the Lodeveans Collection,’ Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

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