Founded in 1989, FUAM (Leeds) has provided financial support to both the University Art Gallery (now the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery) and the University’s Concert Series. FUAM has supported various publications in relation to the University’s Public Art including”A short history of the University Art Collection and Gallery”(1995), published to coincide with the Gallery’s 25th Anniversary and the guide to the Campus Art Trail 2016. In order to maximise its fundraising activities, FUAM gained charitable status in 2002.
What do we do?
We promote our charitable objectives by
- Sponsoring concerts in the University’s public concert programme
- Providing funds to purchase or assist in the purchase of works for the University Art Collection, housed in the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, a registered museum open to the public
- Arranging a variety of activities for members including special recitals, events on campus, and visits to concerts, major galleries and collections further afield. Visits have included Cartwright Hall, Blackwell and Abbott Hall, The Hepworth Wakefield, Besbrodes Pianos and the organ builders Goetze & Gwynn.
- Sponsoring an annual lecture, alternately on the themes of music and art. Lecturers have included Professor Peter Holman on Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in performance, John Thorpe on Art and Music: Architectural Tales from their Interface in Leeds, Professor Anthony Ogus on Opera as Theatre, Martin Stancliffe, Surveyor to the Fabric of St Paul’s Cathedral on St Paul’s at 300 and the composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad on Daring To Compose New Opera
Friends receive invitations to pre-exhibition talks held in the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and enjoy occasional special events organised in connection with individual exhibitions or acquisitions.
Past and varied purchases purchases with Friends’ support have contributed to the University’s major collections of eighteenth and early twentieth century British art, including works by Vanessa Bell, Thomas Rowlandson, Walter Sickert and Sybil Andrews.
How are we organised?
An Annual Meeting of the Friends is held each June to elect a Committee and Officers on behalf of the membership. Those elected have Trustee responsibility for the charity. The work of the Trustees is supported by an Activities Sub-Committee.
The Trustees for 2016/17 are Dr David Salinger (Chair), Ms Helen Owens (Treasurer), John Duncalfe, Mrs Jacqueline Harris, Paul Hoffman, Emeritus Professor Edgar Jenkins, Mrs Jillian Johnson MBE, Mrs Françoise Logan MBE and Emeritus Professor Julian Rushton.