Friends of University Art and Music (Leeds)


Friends of University Art and Music (Leeds)

Registered Charity No. 1094566

Patron: Murray Perahia KBE

President: The Rt Hon Lord Bragg


Honorary Vice-Presidents: Professor Michael Arthur, Sir Ernest Hall OBE DL, Sir Alan Langlands, Col. Alan Roberts K StJ OBE, Dame Rosalind Savill, Dame Fanny Waterman, Dr Marjorie Ziff LLD Hon RCM

Founding President: the late Mrs Audrey Burton OBE

 About the Friends

The Friends of University Art and Music (Leeds) was founded in 1989 to promote and support art and music at the University of Leeds. It is a Registered Charity independent of the University. Our membership includes a wide range of people, drawn from the University and the wider community it serves in Leeds and the surrounding area.

From informal beginnings as a group of staff members and friends with an interest in helping to foster the University’s musical and artistic life and outreach, FUAM has grown into an active and lively organisation, with a regular programme of events. Read More

FUAM’s primary purpose is to raise funds to enrich the cultural life of the University and the City of Leeds through support for the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and the University’s International Concert Series by way of subscriptions and donations.

Latest News and Forthcoming Events

30th Anniversary Celebrations 2019

The Friends of University Art and Music (Leeds) was founded 30 years ago. To celebrate this anniversary we shall be launching an Anniversary Appeal Fund, as well as running an expanded programme of events.

We aim to raise £10,000, to be split equally between the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and the International Concert Series. For the Gallery, we are looking to fund, or part-fund, the purchase of a significant work of art. For the School of Music, we are looking to support an ensemble in residence, which will contribute to instrumental teaching as well as give concerts.

The Appeal Fund will be launched at a Gala Dinner, to be held on Saturday 14 September at University House. The Guest of Honour will be Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University. The dinner will be followed by a fund-raising auction. Booking details can be found HERE  (Printable PDF file) and we would encourage you to book as soon as possible as numbers are limited to 80. Dress: lounge suit.

During the 2019-20 season, we shall have a Gala Concert, two 30th Anniversary lectures instead of the annual lecture, and our usual events: Gallery Exhibition Openings, a New Year Supper Party, the AGM plus talk and supper. We shall round off the season with a garden party at the York home, close to the Minster, of our Honorary Treasurer, Helen Owens.

We hope you will enjoy the programme we are offering, and that it will attract a significant number of new members.

A detailed programme of events will be available shortly.

Supporting our 30th Anniversary Appeal

You can contribute to the appeal in person at events, by post and online

By Post: Please send your cheque to: Helen Owens, Hon. Treasurer of FUAM, Gowland Court, Ogleforth Mews, YorkYO1 7JG. If you are a tax payer and eligible to support the Gift Aid Scheme please enclose a GIFT AID DECLARATION April 2016.

To donate on online: Use the link to the FUAM online store HERE

THE FUAM Graduate Art Prize: and the finalists are…

Now in its seventh year, the FUAM Graduate Art Prize, supported by the Friends of University Art & Music (FUAM), rewards the artistic excellence of students completing BA studies in Art and Design and Fine Art at the University of Leeds in 2019.
A panel of expert judges have selected four finalists for the prize from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and the School of Design degree shows, which took place around campus in June. We are delighted to announce this year’s finalists are Eloise Burrows (BA Art and Design), Katie Bennett-Rice (BA Art and Design), Bella Marr (BA Fine Art) and Alex Oliver (BA Fine Art).

Members of FUAM are invited to a pre-opening talk in the Gallery at 17:30pm prior to the Exhibition Preview.

Leeds University International

Concert Series

Details of the 2019-20 programme coming soon

Further details and booking facilities are on the website.

Exhibitions & Gallery News

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Tuesday 13 August 18:00 – 20:00 Exhibition Preview: Join us to celebrate the opening of the FUAM Graduate Art Prize Exhibition 2019.

Prize giving Wednesday 16 October 17:30 – 18:30

Details of the Art Gallery’s and the Treasures Gallery’s programmes are to be found at


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