The Chris Graham Collection:
1992-2018

21 February - 09 April 2020

Chris Graham was the former head librarian at Leeds Arts University, and worked here from 1992 to 2016. His role in the institution over several decades saw the early days and developing careers of many successful artists.

In his time at Leeds Arts University and since, Graham has built up a personal collection of more than 50 artworks by students and staff whose work he continues to support. He finds inspiration in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking, photography and ceramics, which adorn his Yorkshire home.

This exhibition offers a selection of works from the collection, each representing the broad and vibrant output of the institution. The University’s historic 1903 Vernon Street Gallery hosts a celebration of works that span Graham’s career, from the former Jacob Kramer College, through to the now Leeds Arts University.


This exhibition is open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday at our Vernon Street Gallery.

Opening night: Thursday 20 February 2020 5-7pm
Free entry. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. Booking not required.

Adam Stone, Still Life, 1996. Acrylic painting. Collection of Chris Graham. Photo Hamish Irvine.Image: Adam Stone, Still Life, 1996. Acrylic painting. Collection Chris Graham. Photo: Hamish Irvine.

  • 21 February - 09 April 2020
  • Vernon Street Gallery, Leeds Arts University, LS2 8PH (Get Directions)