Tragic, Gifted, Precocious: Brontë Season in Leeds

Tragic, Gifted, Precocious: Brontë Season in Leeds

Anne, Emily, Charlotte and Branwell in Two Art Exhibitions, a Conference and a Talk this January

‘Visions of Angria’ at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is celebrating the world of the Brontës in the new year. However, the Gallery is not the only one to remember the four siblings from Haworth this season.

Fans of the Brontës and Yorkshire’s rich literary heritage have a lot to look forward to in January: two art exhibitions, a talk and a one-day conference are bringing the creativity of the Brontës into the limelight by presenting rare archival material and modern artistic responses in literature and popular culture.

Visions of Angria at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

7 January – 23 February 2013

The special display will present rarely seen manuscripts of Branwell Brontë from the University Library’s Special Collections, alongside original illustrations. Providing Branwell’s rich world of landscapes, characters and events with unique visualisations, Leeds College of Art students will bring these fantastic tales to life. This is a special opportunity to see the interplay between original manuscripts and their contemporary ‘re-visions’.

The Gallery is open from Monday – Saturday, 10am-5pm and admission is free.

Wildness Between the Lines, at Leeds College of Art

14 December 2012 – 2 February 2013

The exhibition brings together the work of a wide range of artists who have been influenced by the Brontës. Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; these are just some of the works produced by the Brontës which have an enduring and universal appeal. The inspirational legacy of the Brontë family can be seen in a wide variety of contemporary creativity.

This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see, in one place, the work of a number of emerging and established artists, all of whom cite the Brontës as a source of continuing inspiration for their own creative practice.

The Gallery is open from Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Re-Visioning the Brontës

One day cross-disciplinary conference at the University of Leeds

The conference addresses ways in which the legacy of the Brontës is exerting an influence in a range of creative fields, and across a variety of media.

The conference programme is available at

For further information, contact

The conference is free and open to the public. It is now fully booked, please reserve a standby ticket if you wish to be notified in the event of cancellations:

A Secret History of the Brontës: Talk by Sarah Prescott, Literacy Archivist, University of Leeds

Friday 18 January, 12.30 – 1.30 at the Central Library, Leeds

Letters, stories and manuscripts written by the Bronte family, and now held in the University of Leeds Library Special Collections give a unique insight into their lives and work. Find out what these items tell us about the secret history of the family, and how they inform our understanding of their lives today – from Charlotte’s honeymoon, to Branwell’s complete disintegration.

The talk coincides with the British Library’s ‘Writing Britain’ project, in the Leeds Central Library featuring a first edition of Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley.

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