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Art on campus




The University has two permanent art galleries on campus that host temporary exhibitions:

  • Norman Rea Art Gallery
    The Norman Rea Art Gallery is situated on the first floor of Derwent College and hosts exhibitions from Yorkshire artists.
  • Roslyn Lyons Art Gallery
    The Roslyn Lyons Art Gallery is located in the Music Research Centre.


Other sculpture

In addition to the those featured in the gallery, you can see many other sculptures around the campus and The King's Manor.

  • 'Rail sculpture' (1968) by Harry Mercer, between James College N block and the James College hub
  • 'Tears of St Lawrence' (1977) by Austin Wright, at St Lawrence Court
  • Totem IV, Figural amplification' (2006) by Thomas Taylor, near small bridge to Derwent College
  • 'Antiphon' (1970) by Barbara Hepworth, outside the Music Department
  • 'Moondancer' (1995) by Polly Ionides, between the Music Department and the Sally Baldwin buildings
  • 'Stainus Steelius' (2001) on the second floor of a staircase in Vanbrugh College
  • 'Buddha in Lotus position' (19th century) outside the Berrick Saul building
  • Concrete panels (1965) by Fred Millett, around Derwent College
  • Ceramic mural (1975) by John Langton and David Lloyd-Jones, in Derwent College
  • Neoclassical plaster reliefs (c1810)  in rooms KM 110 and 111 at The King's Manor

Busts and head sculptures

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams by Jacob Epstein, in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall foyer
  • Professor Berrick Saul in Heslington Hall room HG15
  • Dame Janet Baker (2004) in Heslington Hall reception
  • Seebohm Rowntree (1946) in the Seebohm Rowntree reception
  • Florence Nightingale (acquired 2002) in the Health Sciences building

The Professor Brian Cantor and Gill Partridge Collection

A collection of pictures and posters are sited in buildings and departments around campus. They have been loaned to the University by Professor Brian Cantor and Gill Partridge from their private collection. The purpose of the loan is to enhance the University's existing art collection and add to the visual appeal of university spaces. Where several works are displayed together, plaques recognising the collection are displayed with the works.